Is there anything better on a cold winters’ night than snuggling around the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa and popcorn while watching Christmas movies?
There are so many classics as well as funny fairly new ones that I love. Here is my top ten favorite Christmas movies of all time:
1. It’s a Wonderful Life. (1946)
I’ve always love this movie because it’s really about hope. I love the concept that everyone has something to offer, no matter how small we may feel we are in the scheme of things. I think it is one of the best movies ever made. I make my kids watch it every year. (I have discovered that it is easier to get them to watch it ever since I got the colorized version of the movie.)
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Is there anyone around who hasn’t seen this quirky, animated classic? I love the Dr. Seuss Who’s, the green Grinch and his little dog Max. The music is fun and the theme is meaningful.
3. Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell plays an man who was left at the North Pole as an infant and raised with Santa and his elves. He discovers that he was adopted and leaves the safety of the North Pole in search of his real father. I am not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but he plays Buddy the elf with such innocence — I think it is his perfect role. The overall message is one of hope and good will. Some of my favorite lines of the movie are “I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favorite” and “I like to whisper too. ”
4. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Poor Rudolph the reindeer has a red glowing nose, and Herbie the Elf wants to be a dentist instead of a toymaker. Plus the abominable snowman! This is one that needs to be seen each year. It also has some great songs in it including “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Silver and Gold”.
5. Home Alone (1990)
Back when Macaulay Culkin was an adorable, precocious little boy, an extended family goes on a trip to Europe but forgets about the youngest, most troublesome member in it’s family. Culkin spends the movie figuring out how to take care of himself and fending off devious burglars. Many funny moments involving said burglars getting mangled, set on fire and falling down various staircases. I don’t know why I like it so much but it’s cute and has a sweet overall message.
6. Family Man (2000)
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I know it’s kind of cheesy, but I eat it up and watch it all year long. I think it’s like It’s a Wonderful Life but in reverse. Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni are former sweethearts in college, Jack (Cage) chooses career over his relationship with Kate (Tea). An Angel gives him a “glimpse” of what life would have been like if he would have chosen a life with her over his career. I love it.
7. A Christmas Story (1983)
This one is a must-see for me every year. It reminds me of my Dad, who loved it. I will never look at the word fragile (frag-eel-eee) in the same way again. It is set in the 1950’s and nine-year-old Ralphie dreams about BB gun, but his mom thinks he will shot his eye out. It puts all of the small problems a young boy had in that day out there in a hilarious way. So funny!
8. Christmas Vacation (1989)
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) determines that they are going to have “the most fun-filled old-fashioned Christmas ever”. They have a hard time as they go through the film in search of Christmas cheer. My favorite scene is the one where the Christmas tree burns down. Silly, funny humor.
9. The Santa Clause (1994)
This is a cute movie. It stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a divorced ad executive who accidentally causes the real Santa to fall off of his roof. He steps into Santa’s suit and that’s it — now he’s Santa. I love the scenes at the North Pole and the elves. I also love the scenes when Scott is getting bigger and bigger in his real life as he starts looking like Santa. The movie has a sweet message as Scott reconnects with his son and sees what is really important in life.
10. Scrooged/A Christmas Carol (1988/1951)
I like the classic 1951 Christmas Carol starring Alistair Sim and I like the more modern/weirded up version that stars Bill Murray. A great Christmas classic as Scrooge sees his Christmas Present, Christmas Past and Christmas Future.