The Christmas season is officially upon us! –Which means Christmas movies!!
Here are my favorite Christmas movies, in no particular order.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!”
Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
Will Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy the elf. This is a wonderful family film that will have everyone laughing!
The Polar Express
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
This is a wonderful family movie! We watch it every Christmas Eve.
When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
This movie is a classic from my childhood. I remember exactly where I was when I first saw this movie. From the moment Kevin slapped his face with aftershave and screamed I was hooked. Who didn’t love this movie? I’ve watched it every year since. Even as an adult, I laugh and deliver some of my favorite lines along with the actors.
Home Alone 2
After snarky youth Kevin McCallister loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.
Sometimes sequels are absolutely horrible. Other times, they are better than the original. In the case of Home Alone, I’d say it’s the latter. This is my favorite and my son and I will watch this all year long.
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal… And a Happy New Year!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen, and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie, and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.
It’s not Christmas without seeing this classic. Full of laughs, I think this movie is on everyone’s favorites list.
Christmas with the Kranks
Finally alone for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer and Walt Scheel, who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.
This movie is fun for the whole family!
The Santa Clause
Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do
Another classic from my childhood. I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it and every year, I watch it with my son. The sequels were just as entertaining and we usually have a little Santa Clause marathon over Winter Break.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.
Every year on Thanksgiving, my family watches this movie. It has become our tradition of greeting the Christmas season. Jim Carey brings the Grinch to life in this hilarious, heartwarming film.
A Christmas Carol
Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.
This Disney animated film is a wonderful take on the classic Dickens’ story. This movie is perfect for all ages and teaches a valuable lesson.
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Not for children. This movie is perfect for after the kids are in bed and you want to relax and laugh.
And of course, what is Christmas without the wonderful TV specials? It’s tradition!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty The Snowman
How the Grinch Stole Christmas