I have a confession. I love Christmas! I love Christmas movies, music, the spirit of the holiday, the whole nine! Some people aren’t quite ready for Christmas to hit, but think about it, Thanksgiving is next week, it might be time to go ahead and start planning on what Christmas movies you need to get ready to watch. Here’s my list of Must See Christmas Movies:
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - Come on, this one has to be at the top of the list. It’s the hap-hap-happiest Christmas movie this side of Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny [censored] Kay! Who doesn’t make a Griswold joke when putting up their lights?
A Charlie Brown Christmas – I’ll set aside for a moment that Linus VanPelt might be my all time favorite literary character (no, I’m not joking) but this is the movie that really breaks it down and tells us what Christmas is all about.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas – The cartoon, not that complete joke of a live action movie starring Jim Carey! Maybe the best narrated movie of all time! Boris Karloff keeps you enthralled in the story throughout the whole thing.
Die Hard – Yes, Die Hard! “Adam, that’s not a Christmas movie!” I say to you it is an amazing Christmas movie! A story about a husband flying out to LA to see his estranged wife and kids for Christmas, only to save them by killing terrorists, all wrapped up in a happy ending! Of COURSE it’s a Christmas movie!
Elf - Will Ferrell’s second best role ever (Ron Burgandy being #1!) Will does an amazing job of making you believe that he is best friends with Santa. That’s how we should all be year around! Okay, maybe without putting chooclate on spaghetti…
A Christmas Carol – Pick your favorite version. This is a timeless movie that has been adapted in many different ways, but the core value of remembering what Christmas is all about is always there. My favorite adaptations are Scrooged (BFM!) and A Muppet Christmas Carol.
It’s A Wonderful Life – Another classic. Even after all these years, this movie still hits home with a lot of folks around the holidays.
Love Actually - Yes it’s a chick flick with nothing but British people in it, but the jumbled lived of the people in the story and how they are all connected make it a really great movie.
The Santa Clause – When this movie came out, I kinda wished that something like this would happen with my dad. The second movie is also a great watch, the third, meh. Tim Allen’s best movie role.
Miracle on 34th Street - It’s been remade a few times since 1947, but I’m a fan of the original. Kris Kringle is on trial for believing he’s Santa? Who puts Santa on trial?!
I’ve also got to admit that I’ll sit and watch the cheesy ABC Family Christmas movies with my wife when they start rolling out.
You’ll also notice that I didn’t include A Christmas Story in my list. This may be controversial, but I HATE that movie! I don’t know why it is, but I do! It might be the jerk of a Santa that kicks the kid down the slide, or that it’s on for 24 hours straight every year, I dunno. But it’s a movie I despise.