Some of my all-time favorite movies take place around Christmas or are Christmas themed. Call me a big softy or a sentimental old fool, but I like feel good movies. In a real world full of nastiness, hate and anger it is nice to escape into a world where everything works out, where wishes do come true and where anything is possible. Some of these movies make you laugh, some make you cry and the really good ones will make you do both, but all of them should fill you with a sense of happiness and joy.
Here is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite Christmas Movies.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I am starting my list off with a classic television special that I have loved all my life. The story of the misfit finally finding his place in the world, heck all of the misfits finding their place in the world is a great story to tell. It is a theme that needs to be reinforced in the world: We all can get along no matter how different each of us may be. Even Dentists.
This happens to be one of my favorite scenes 🙂
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It wouldn’t be Christmas if the Griswold family didn’t have an adventure! This is a modern classic for the season. It is endlessly quotable and a must watch each holiday season for me.
This is not only one of my favorite holiday films it is one of my all-time favorites. I like this movie… actually, I love it 😉 I love the way each story intertwines with the others. Grab your significant other, snuggle up and put this one on.
The Santa Clause Series
These movies are just good fun. Tim Allen plays the role of Santa well. Granted the first two are the better movies of the trilogy, but they all have their moments and I can watch them again and again. Personally, I would rank #2 as my favorite of the three.
Die Hard/Die Hard 2
It isn’t Christmas until John Mclean blows something up. Seriously…
This is another modern classic. Will Ferrell is a polarizing figure; either you love him or you hate him. With Elf, he embodies that childlike character perfectly and for me this movie should be the excepting for the haters. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel. That is always a good thing.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
The world is better with Muppets. I say more Muppets! They always make me smile. This is a heartwarming tale that will fill you up with all that gushy stuff that these types of movies do.
Jingle All The Way
This is on the list for one reason and one reason only:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Here is another television special that has been with me my entire life. The Peanuts crew, for me, is like the Muppets in the fact that they always make me smile. I think it boils down to a deep seeded connection from early on. In my adult life I constantly find myself latching on to things from my childhood. Movies, toys, TV shows, games, it doesn’t matter what the medium if it was part of my younger years I am drawn to it now.
A Christmas Story
TBS has made this their own over the last few years. Even before they put it in the Turner VCR, hit repeat and locked the door, this movie had a huge following. It plays well on many levels and is endlessly quotable. The sequel was pretty good too. And yes, there was a sequel.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorites from old Hollywood. I love him and this movie. Frank Capra wrote and directed this classic film but it was Jimmy Stewart who gave the film its heart. No doubt about it. If you haven’t seen this, grab a box of tissues and a snuggle partner and put it on Christmas Eve.
Out of all the retellings of Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol”, this is my favorite. The George C. Scott, 1984 traditional version is up there (and gets an honorable mention below) but this one is far and away my favorite. I love Bill Murray and he adds his wonderful Bill Murrayness to this re-imagined version of the book.
Honorable mentions go to John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Ghostbusters II, Serendipity, When Harry Met Sally, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Grumpy Old Men, Christmas With The Kranks, Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and A Christmas Carol (1984).
There it is, for better or worse. That is my list of Christmas Movies.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice… and Happy Festivous for the rest of Us! Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope your days are filled with joyous celebration with the ones you love.
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