What’s your favorite Christmas movie / show? [Videos/List]
Have you ever chatted with your friends and family about your favorite Christmas movies? By the way, is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? We are saving this debate for another time!
Everyone has their taste. That being said, let’s go over a few “classics” that I forgot from my list. Sorry, but “A Christmas Story” didn’t “make the cut” for me. (I realize that’s blasphemy, to some people) … and, yes, the scene where the kid sticks his tongue to the flagpole is classic, but other than that it’s just not not one of my favorite “must watch” movies. Also, I haven’t included any of the “The Santa Clause” series, with Tim Allen they’re ok, but sort of “meh”. The “Christmas Chronicles” movies with Kurt Russell are actually quite good, with great special effects, but they’re not classics.
My Christmas Movies / TV Show Classics of All Time
Remember, these are my favorites, yours may be different and that’s okay! Also, I never really paid much attention to “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street”, but not my style, I guess. It may be the generation gap. Speaking of which, I have to give a nod to one of my mom’s all-time favorites, 1954 “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
One of my family’s favorite traditions is to pull out our bag of Christmas movies, claim a seat on the couch, grab a blanket, a snack, our favorite drink and watch one of these classics! (scroll down)
Honorable mention: The Polar Express If you’re skeptical of Christmas, watch this surreal flick, as the conductor (an excellent performance by Tom Hanks) takes you back to that childhood take on Santa Claus and finally makes you a believer in new.
ten. A Christmas Carol I prefer the 1951 version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge, but I can also watch the 1984 version of George C. Scott. A family tradition is to watch this one late at night on Christmas Eve with all the lights off! It sets the tone, it’s scary!
9. Shaved Speaking of “A Christmas Carol”, this is a modern take on the classic story. Bill Murray receives a visit from three ghosts, rekindles his old love and realizes that he must change his ways. Bobcat Goldthwait steals the show as the deranged employee Murray’s character fired, with the “Ghost of Christmas Present” played by Carol Kane beating Murray’s snot, fun stuff. There are a lot of pitfalls in this one. To like!
8. Alone at home Again, I’m a fan of any movie with falls (and a lot of them) so this one is awesome! The “Wet Bandits” played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are no match for Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister and all his traps set around the house. I realize a lot of people love “Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York”, but I never even gave it a chance, as with many sequels you just can’t beat the original. But in any case, “Merry Christmas, dirty animal”!
seven. How the Grinch Stole Dr Seuss Christmas (1966) – Boris Karloff’s narration is stellar. And who doesn’t love the (cute) Grinch dog, Max?
6. Frosty the snowman (1969) So the little girl, Karen, is naive enough to hop on a northbound train with a snowman she just met, and she thinks her mom doesn’t care, as long as she come home for supper? Have you ever noticed that all the kids are outside making a snowman in shorts or dresses? Also, at the end of the show, Santa Claus drops her off his sleigh on a roof, how is she supposed to get off? Either way, the magician’s bunny, Hocus Pocus, steals the show in this one.
5. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (1964) Rudolph is bullied for his red nose. Then he helps defeat the abominable snowman and returns and saves Christmas. Hooray! My favorite part is when Santa Claus arrives on “Misfit Toy Island” and saves poor “Charlie in the Box” sap.
4. Elf In what looks like a character and a movie made just for him, Will Ferrell stars and doesn’t disappoint. He’s absolutely perfect for the role. I’m a huge fan of the “New Girl” TV series starring Zooey Deschanel, who plays Jovie in the movie. It blows my mind when we watch Elf because Zooey is very different in Elf than in “New Girl”, maybe it’s because his hair is blonde in the movie, but you can’t mistake those big blue eyes. One of my favorite lines from the movie comes from Buddy: “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, grains of sugar, and syrup.”
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) It starts with Charlie checking his mailbox for Christmas cards and it’s empty, “I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a vacation period to mark this?” – When they rehearse the play, the dance scenes are the best! Plus, when Schroeder plays the piano for Lucy and Snoopy starts dancing on the piano … I laugh every time!
2. How the Grinch stole Christmas I remember being so excited to go see this at the movies. I watch this with my family every year, and we pretty much know the lines verbatim. Just like my movie # 1, this one is very “quotable”. The brilliant special effects, the stunning costumes and those of Jim Carrey remarkable performance as the Grinch steals the show. Plus, they’ve stayed pretty close to the original version of the book and the 1966 cartoon, adding only a scene or two with a baby and a teenage Grinch as to why the Grinch is so angry with the Who. Much like the cartoon version, an actual Max the Dog is comedic.
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Chevy Chase stars with Beverly D’Angelo reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in this 3rd in a series of “Vacation” films. Let’s not forget how great Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were as the Annoying Neighbor’s Todd and Margo, and of course, the adorable dope, Cousin Eddy played by Randy Quaid. It is perhaps the most cited Christmas movie of all time. “We’re going to keep going, and we’re going to have the happiest Merry Christmas since Bing Crosby taped with Danny (beep) Kaye.” Clark Griswold will always be my hero.
So, merry Christmas everyone … sit down tonight, watch your favorite movie and enjoy the season, just watch out for the sappy, loving and super cheesy ones on Hallmark Channel!