It’s that time of year where we are inundated with all things holiday. I will admit that I haven’t always loved the Christmas season and tend to be a little Scrooge about it at times. Growing up Christmas was not associated with fond memories for lots of reasons. It wasn’t until I met Honey who has good memories of the holiday and strong family Christmas traditions that I began to enjoy the season. Even so, I have always loved Christmas movies. I’m guessing it allowed me to see images of idyllic times that to me seemed like fiction rather than reality. Watching some of my favorites always puts me in a great mood. So, here is my holiday gift to you: my top 5 favorite Christmas movies.
Who doesn’t love little Kevin Arnold? I’ve watched this movie 1000 times or more. I was in middle school when it came out and remember thinking how absolutely implausible it was that a little kid could hoodwink two adults, but it was so fun it was hard not to believe. I think Lovey is at the age where she’d find it very funny, but Kitten might be a bit too young still.
It’s a Wonderful Life
When I was in high school I told my boyfriend that this was the most romantic movie I’d ever seen. I still believe that to some extent. George Bailey gets the girl, loses everything, and then find what’s most important was there all along. I’m a firm believer in Zuzu’s theory that every time a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings. Makes perfect sense, right?
The Year without Santa Claus
Claymation = perfection on this one. (I’m a sucker for Gumby too.) My love of this movie dates back to college when my roommate and I could be heard repeatedly crying “Nobody wants a Charlie in the box!” when something didn’t go our way. We also have a friend who called Kitten Heat Miser when she was a baby because her hair was oddly similar to his.
Socially awkward man raised by elves makes his way to the Big Apple to find his real dad. This seems like a thin plot at the outset, but add Will Farrell’s comic genius and you’ve got yourself a cult classic. Let’s not forget Zoey Deschanel with blond hair and a fabulous singing voice before She & Him was a thing. I actually use scenes from Elf in my work with my students to teach social appropriateness. The students have to count how many socially inappropriate things Buddy does in one scene. Let’s just say there are MANY. There are so many fabulous scenes in this movie but my favorite is when Buddy jumps into the tree to put the star on top.
The Christmas Story
This is my all-time favorite movie Christmas themed or otherwise. I can start reciting lines from this movie from the first scene and go straight through till the end. There is far too much about this movie that I love. The leg lamp, Scut Farkus (get name for a villian), Ralphie’s little brother, the haggered mom, the Bumbuses dogs. It is fabulous. I had hoped to make it to see the musical when it was at the Bushnell but we didn’t get a chance. Hopefully the next time. Growing up I watched this movie every year with my mom and my sister. I even have a Ralphie action figure that I got for Christmas one year. I can’t bear to take it out of the package. Despite it’s cult status, it’s a movie about the togetherness of family at the end of it all, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
I know I missed a ton of great holiday movies on this list. What’s your favorite one?