Christmas comes but once a year and there is so much to cram in to such a short season. Many traditions include watching favorite movies to set the scene for the holiday. Whether it is an old black and white or a newer version of an older story, some movies have set the standard for all other holiday movies and will have a permanent place in holiday history. There are 10 Christmas movies that you need to have on your watch list this year. These will get the Christmas mood started and set the season off on the right foot.
What happens when Buddy the Elf heads to New York to find his birth family? The Big Apple and the big elf clash in a delightful story of discovering who you really are. It’s a fun, light-hearted new classic that everyone is sure to love.
9. A Charlie Brown Christmas
An animated classic featuring the Peanuts gang is a sure-fire way to bring back memories of being a kid at Christmas. Taking a hard look at the over commercialization of Christmas, this story brings viewers back to what is important during the holiday.
8. The Santa Clause
Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin—a man thrust in to the position of being the new Santa Claus after a freak accident. Calvin has to adapt to the changes of becoming Saint Nick while balancing his life south of the North Pole. Elves, reindeer, and all sorts of magic make this movie a great one for the whole family. Kids young and old will love scenes of the North Pole!
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The 1966 version of the Dr. Seuss book has made its way to this list and in to the hearts of children everywhere. The Grinch hates Christmas and the celebrants in Whoville and he will stop at nothing to ruin the holiday. Can the Grinch steal Christmas from the Who’s?
6. Miracle on 34th Street
Is man named Kris Kringle who claims to be Santa really Santa Claus or is he insane? Miracle on 34th Street is a timeless Christmas tale and is sure to make even the biggest Santa skeptic rethink his/her view!
5. Home Alone
Normally, home invasion, robbery, and child abandonment don’t exactly go hand in hand with Christmas, but the makers of Home Alone blend the themes flawlessly into a feel-good comedy. When Kevin’s family goes on vacation without him, it’s up to him to be the man of the house. This includes attempting to foil the plans of The Wet Bandits who are methodically robbing an entire neighborhood over the holidays.
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Every neighborhood has “that” family—too many lights, gaudy decorations, and crazy relatives visiting. What if your family was “that” family on the street at Christmas? This side-splitting movie seems to always bring the viewer back to what’s important: family.
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A quintessential underdog story, this claymation Christmas classic follows Rudolph—the outcast reindeer—in a beautiful coming of age tale. No one can forget the Island of Misfit toys or the Abominable Snow Man. Rudolph is a must see heart warmer for Christmas.
2. A Christmas Story
This classic is far from fragile. Told from the point of view of Ralphie, a 9-year-old in the 1940’s who has one Christmas wish—a Red Rider BB gun. He spends the majority of the movie trying to convince his parents, teacher, and even Santa of his need for the gun.
From iconic scenes including a tongue and a frozen pole, pink footy pajamas, and that beautiful leg lamp, each part of the story line becomes an indelible memory. Many viewers can see their own family mirrored in the hilarious adventure of Ralphie and his family. It’s a must see for Christmas lovers of any age.
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
This movie is a very simple story line based on a basic premise: “What would happen if George Bailey were never born?” From that one question, a beautiful movie filled with love, hope, and family strength springs forth. The movie follows the life of George Bailey—a beloved member of his community. When George gets put in to a situation that is seemingly unfixable, he decides to end his life. With a little help from his guardian angel, George is given a great gift of seeing what the world would have been like without him.
In addition to taking place during the holiday season, It’s a Wonderful life also houses themes of reconciliation, giving, and miracles that really make Christmas magical. Dry eyes will be non-existent during the final scene; it’s a real tear-jerker!
So what is your favorite Christmas movie? Let us know in the comments below.
Try to fit in all ten of these classic Christmas movies this year. Happy holidays to you and your family from everyone here at GilletteWy.com