christmas-movies

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Getting into the Christmas spirit is easy once December hits. The weather is (usually) a bit colder, it’s dark by practically 3 pm, and we even have some snow if we’re lucky! One of my favorite ways to get into the spirit of the holidays is to watch my favorite Christmas flicks… over and over and over.

No matter how many times I watch them, I can’t get enough of the Clark & Eddie dynamic, or cute little McCauley Culkin putting on aftershave…

So here are some of my absolute favorites that I watch every single holiday season. Clearly I have a lot of time on my hands, but once we get the monster to bed and break out the good wine…I get into a movie mood.

If you haven’t seen any of these yet, I recommend you doing so. Immediately.

20. Scrooged

Bill Murray as a “new age” Ebenezer Scrooge is hilarious and heartfelt to melt away your winter blues.

19. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Because how can you have any kind of holiday without the Peanuts Gang in your life? Snoopy is still my favorite.

18. Bad Santa

If you’re in the mood for something on the raunchy side. Definitely not for everyone, especially younger viewers, but I LOVE Billy Bob Thornton and it cracks me up.

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you’re feeling a bit “Halloween-y” during Christmas time, throw this one in!

16. The Holiday

A bit of a romantic comedy set around Christmas. Fantastic A-List actors with Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. I even surprised myself with how much I like this movie.

15. Four Christmases

A little far fetched but very funny. Vince Vaughn is one of my all-time favorites, so naturally I love this movie. Great supporting acts as well by John Favreau, Sissy Spacek, and Jon Voight.

14. It’s A Wonderful Life

This will be higher on most people’s lists, but I don’t like to be sad at Christmas time! Obviously the ending and overall message is great, but I can’t go through that roller coaster of emotions more than once a season.

13. Miracle on 34th Street

I love the black and white version, but the new one is good too! Such a sweet story about believing in Christmas. Richard Attenborough is AMAZING and I’m pretty sure he might actually be Santa…

12. Frosty the Snowman

Because it isn’t Christmas without Frosty! I cry every single time I watch this when it’s time for Frosty to melt…

11. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

I love ALL of the old animated Christmas movies, but this one is my favorite. Rudolph is just so sweet ☺

10. Home Alone 2

While I normally don’t have sequels on any of my movie lists, this one makes it for one reason: My husband laughs HYSTERICALLY every time when Kevin throws bricks off the roof and hits Marv in the head. When I say laugh, I mean loud, obnoxious, crying laughter. And I absolutely love it.

9. The Polar Express

Such a sweet movie with a fantastic soundtrack about kids believing in Christmas. This is great for your slightly older kids because there is a lot for them to take away from the film.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I like the original (no offense, Jim Carey) SO much better. From sweet little animated puppy Max to the Grinch himself, I love the old school animation. The newer version really adds to and twists the story, and I’m not a huge fan.

7. A Muppet Christmas Carol

Obviously there are so many versions of the Christmas story, but my favorite is always going to be the muppets. Michael Caine is amazing, and it’s just such an “up-beat” version. In case you haven’t noticed by my list, I don’t like to be sad.

6. A Christmas Story

24 hours of A Christmas Story on TBS? Yes please! Even though I grew up a few decades after this film was set in, I still remember so much of those events and traditions from my child hood. Such a great classic for kids and grown-up’s to watch together.

5. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen is so great in this kid-friendly classic. He’s such an underrated actor in my opinion. This movie really gets me in the Christmas spirit no matter what. Spoiler Alert: Santa Clause 2 & 3 are not worth your time, Especially 2.

4. Elf

If you love Will Ferrell, you’ll love Elf. I quote this movie all year long, and laugh every time I watch it. Bob Newhart and James Caan are also fantastic. This is all about the Christmas Spirit and absolutely does it for me. It also makes me want syrup and Legos… “Bye buddy, hope you find your Dad!”

3. Love Actually

I’m not one for chick flicks, believe me, but Love Actually is such a great movie that even the men in my life love it! Your favorite British comedians unite for a hilarious rom-com based around the Christmas season. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy will leave you in stitches, I promise you. This is the perfect “date night” Christmas movie because guys and girls alike will absolutely love it!

2. Home Alone (the original)

Hilarious, emotional, and full of Christmas warmth… this one makes me laugh AND cry. It’s great for the kids who want to booby trap their own houses, but also has some actual Christmas messages for them to take away and apply to life; such as “Never judge a book by its cover,” and “Family is the most important thing.”

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Number one on my list forever and ever. I seriously laugh so hard, out loud, every single time I watch it. It’s also quite possibly the most quotable movie of all time. Between “$hitter’s full.” And “I don’t know what to say except, it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.” You’re guaranteed to be one of the “Jolliest bunch of @$$holes this side of the nut house!” every time you watch it ☺

I’m sure I missed some of your favorites…mostly because I have no business judging movies…but that’s what makes it fun! What are some others that we should check out this holiday season?

Allie is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She is a 2006 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and still resides in Patterson Heights with her husband Andy and their 3-year old son, Luke. She is a Regional Manager at PLS Logistics and a sports fanatic. You can find her on Facebook as Allie Dixon.