As just about every family has during the Christmas season, is a tradition. They watch movies, bake certain goodies, and celebrate the holiday a certain way. In my family, we have always made it a point to watch Christmas movies throughout the month of December, leading up to the 25th.
It got me thinking of which movies we watch the most and basically on a yearly basis, so why not share it on my page? These are not listed in any sort of order, just in the order they were thought up while drafting my post.
A Christmas Story, released in 1983, follows a young boy named Ralphie in the 1940s and his mission to get a Red Ryder B.B. Gun for Christmas. “You’re gonna shoot your eye out!” This movie is always on TBS on Christmas Day, all day. It is definitely a classic and never gets old.
Charlie Brown has been around for just about every holiday since the 60s. Follow Charlie Brown and the gang as he tries to find the real meaning to Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. I recommend this TV movie is all ages, young or old. It is definitely a great film to watch with the family. ABC usually broadcasts this on their network, so check your local listings for this!
Okay. This little bit is going to be me telling you that the original is totally better than the remake. Hands down. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of my favorite Christmas shows. Based off of Dr. Seuss’s book, Boris Karloff who narrates and portrays the voice of The Grinch, brings the book to life. I might add, there’s some catchy songs in this TV movie! Favorite character, you might ask? Max, of course! Another film that is great to share with the family.
This film may be in black and white, but don’t let this put you off on a great Christmas movie. James Stewart and Donna Reed star in Frank Cappa’s It’s A Wonderful Life! George Bailey thought his living was everything perfect: a beautiful wife, with a dream of traveling the world. This all changes when his father passes away and he is brought back to Bedford Falls to take over the business. Overwhelmed with helping his community, he contemplates suicide. Then along comes Clarence, an angel who needs to earn a little something if he helps George through his troubles. Suddenly, George is shown a town in which he never existed. The film shows George trying to figure out why he is meant to be in this world and the person he really is.
There have been numerous visions and remakes of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. One that sticks out to me as a favorite is the 1951 version starring Alistair Sim, with a little appearance by Patrick Macnee (The Avengers) who plays a young Jacob Marley. A greedy Ebenezer Scrooge is met by three ghosts that reminds him of his life and the love he had for others before money took over his life. If you are looking for a more animated alternative to this film, check out A Muppets Christmas Carol, if you have real little ones and would like to see a lighter version of this classic novel and film.
Stepping away from the Christmas-themed films, I wanted to add something that has a religious point to the Christmas season for some denominations. In 2006, The Nativity Story, was released. A film based on the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
Buddy the Elf always tried to fit in in the North Pole, until one day, enough was enough. He discovers that he was adopted and ventures out to find his father. Along the way, he get a job in New York, he meets another elf, and gets to bond with family. Will Ferrell is an absolute goof in this film, and it makes the movie even better that he is cast as Buddy. This film also features Bob Newhart, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel. A great comedy!
Miracle on 34th Street, the version from 1947, is another Christmas classic starring young Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle. The film starts with an events director who finds a for-hire Santa Claus drunk before the Thanksgiving Day Parade, causing her to find another Santa Claus for the store. Kris Kringle takes the place of Santa Claus. Thing is, this Mr. Kringle really thinks he is the real Santa Claus. So much so, that it becomes a legal situation. One young lawyer takes on the challenge supporting the fact that this man is Santa Claus. Enough about the storyline, just go watch this movie.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation needs no introduction. Just a disclaimer that children probably should not watch this film. Chevy Chase, Beverly DeAngelo, and Randy Quaid reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, with Cousin Eddie. The Griswold family heads on over to Chicago to spend Christmas at Clark and Ellen’s. But of course, nothing goes as planned. This is a movie that you could have on repeat and it will always be hilarious.
A family favorite called The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin who discovers he has killed Santa Claus and must take on the job as Santa. Scott goes through the transformation of becoming Santa Claus and the explanations to those around him on his changes becomes a problem. This film is the first of three films for this holiday saga. Another oldie, but goodie!
Now that I have shared the movies we watch every season, it’s your turn to share what you watch! I am always up for watching new Christmas movies.