Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Favorite Christmas Movies?

Sure, I've seen most of the classic Christmas films, but I can't say that I have any favorites. Everyone raves about A Christmas Story, and I like it too, but I've never considered it a must see. I liked National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, too. Again, it's not a must see for me. I'm not a fan of too many musicals, but I've watched White Christmas with Susan. I generally enjoy developing lists of favorite films, but I simply doubt I could assemble a Top Ten Christmas Films list if I tried.

Any suggestions?


Tags:  holidays, Movies
21 Comments
dazedpink
To me, it's not Christmas until I've seen the following, in no particular order (not all would really be considered movies):

Christmas Vacation
It's a Wonderful Life
White Christmas
Muppet Family Christmas
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Elf
The Santa Clause
The Polar Express
We usually watch A Christmas Carol too--Charlie loves it, though I could take it or leave it.
Jules   Saturday, December 11, 2010
lgrant
I have a few oddball ones. One is A Christmas Story that was actually a TV production starring Geraldine Page. It's virtually impossible to find on DVD but you can find the 1997 version with Patty Duke Astin. The 1997 version is a shadow of the original but it's still a good movie. If you get a chance to watch the 1966 version, I recommend it. It was a tradition to show it at Christmas when I was growing up. Another obscure one is Amahl and the Night Visitors that was another TV production that was shown yearly. I loved it. Jules didn't mention Miracle on 34th Street but it's another of my favorites (the 1947 version NOT colorized!). With a very young Natalie Wood. Those are a few of my favorites that "make" Christmas. I love White Christmas and another one Jules didn't mention "Holiday Inn".
LGrant   Saturday, December 11, 2010
jef
Jules has a really good list. The ones I enjoy the most are:
A Christmas Carol with Alastar Sim sp? (George C. Scott one is good too)
Polar Express (just saw it for the first time this year)
Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story (probably my favorite)
Have to watch Rudolph with the kids, otherwise it's not a must see

If you are insane and like to be depressed around Christmas time, you could watch Christmas on Mars, though I wouldn't recommend it.
jef   Saturday, December 11, 2010
billpearch
I forgot that Natalie Wood was a little girl in the original Miracle on 34th Street.
Bill Pearch   Saturday, December 11, 2010
dazedpink
Linda, I've never seen Holiday Inn...one of these days I will, so many people have recommended it! I used to watch the original Miracle on 34th St. every year with my mom...if it's on, I'll watch it, but for me it's not a must see.

Cartoon wise (or claymation as the case may be), I watch them all! I love watching ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas because they show a lot of the old ones on there...but I also have most of them on DVD:

Rudolph
Frosty
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (where he marries Crystal)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Flintstone's Christmas
Fat Albert's Christmas (got this at the grocery store for $3.99!)
The Little Drummer Boy
Charlie Brown Christmas
Jules   Saturday, December 11, 2010
billpearch
It's funny you mentioned A Charlie Brown Christmas. Today, Deadspin had a less than positive review of that film. Be warned, it features harsh language. http://is.gd/iAOes
Bill Pearch   Saturday, December 11, 2010
dazedpink
that made me laugh. Yeah, it really isn't a cheerful Christmas story, lol. Loved this line "SNOOPY IS TO BLAME. JUST BECAUSE YOU MADE A SNO CONE MACHINE DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE MY CHILDREN UNHAPPY."
Jules   Saturday, December 11, 2010
jef
We recently checked out A Charlie Brown Christmas from the library and I have to say, that review is accurate. A little overboard, but accurate.
jef   Sunday, December 12, 2010
RickMonday
I think Jules nailed the list. I would have to add a Christmas Story in there too.

And I think I did see Christmas on Mars a long time ago.
RickMonday   Sunday, December 12, 2010
lgrant
Just saw an ad and remembered another couple. Bells of St. Mary's and Planes, Trains & Automobiles still cracks me up. I can't believe no one mentioned Elf or Prancer. :) Or Shrek the Halls. :)
LGrant   Sunday, December 12, 2010
dazedpink
I have Elf on my list!!
Jules   Sunday, December 12, 2010
lgrant
Sorry, Jules, I missed it. The Bishop's Wife is a good one too--the first one with Cary Grant.
LGrant   Sunday, December 12, 2010
dazedpink
Linda, Holiday Inn was on AMC last night, right after White Christmas. Didn't start until 12:30 though...I managed to stay awake for the end of White Christmas but I just couldn't stay up. Hoping they'll air it again soon, during normal hours!
Jules   Sunday, December 12, 2010
billpearch
Looks like we have a good discussion going.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ames
I agree on pretty much all of these. I would also have to add How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Boris Karloff, not Jim Carrey) and I always like to watch Little Women this time of year.

If Jim were putting in his two cents he would definitely add Home Alone.
Ames   Sunday, December 12, 2010
billpearch
For some reason, How the Grinch Stole Christmas completely skipped my mind. That's one that would be on my list. Thanks, Ames.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, December 12, 2010
hawkwolf
How about Silver Bells?
BeanCounter37   Sunday, December 12, 2010
hawkwolf
The Original Home alone.
BeanCounter37   Sunday, December 12, 2010
hawkwolf
Being an Accountant my all time favorite Christmas Movie would have to be A Christmas Carol, with the patron saint of Accountants, St. Scoorge, in it.
BeanCounter37   Sunday, December 12, 2010
igna83
I like most all Christmas movies, including the ones above. But another one I seem to remember watching with my mother after a late-night wrapping session was "Mine, Yours & Ours" - the original with Lucille Ball & Henry Fonda. Classic.
Angi   Sunday, December 12, 2010
fritz
"Love Actually" is Erica and my adult choice. We won't watch it with our families, just the 2 of us.

"The Holiday" has become a tradition in our house every year now as well. It stars Kate Winslett, Jack Black, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. We love that movie.

"Christmas Vacation" is our comedy of choice, but isn't that everybody's?

We don't watch "A Christmas Story" on DVD because it runs for 24 hours on Christmas Eve/Christmas.

We love "Elf" and "White Christmas" to watch with her family over our break.

And what about "A Nightmare Before Christmas" for the musicality in that film?
fritz   Monday, December 13, 2010
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