Home for the Holidays: Christmas Movies

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We are officially less than a week away from Christmas! That means my Christmas movie watching is in full swing. Christmas movies are a HUGE part of many people’s holiday traditions. The Hallmark Channel makes new Christmas movies every year and I know many people who tune into those early and often. I do not get the Hallmark Channel and so I have not been able to watch the romantic, over the top, Christmas extravaganza that is these movies. Don’t worry folks, I read some sappy Christmas short stories instead.

Even though I haven’t been able to watch The Hallmark Channel I have my own list of movies, many of which I own, that are must sees every Christmas season. Here are my top ten, in no particular order.

  1. The Santa ClauseProduct Details I love this movie and the others in the series. There is something so endearing about imagining your dad turning into Santa. I could totally see my dad putting on the red suit and loving it. The rule follower in me also loves imagining the legalistic ways in which the job of Santa would be handed down. I also have tons of memories watching this movie with my dad, which just makes this a special movie.

2. White Christmas

Product Details I’m always dreaming of a White Christmas. This movie is one of the best of all time and has something for everyone. It’s a love story. It highlights a struggling small business. It pays homage to the military. It has men who dress up as women. It has *spolier alert* snow.  I wait to watch this movie with my sisters every year because not only is there a song about sisters, but we were sure that we would someday have the dresses worn in the finale scene. There is still time. We will have these dresses.

 

3. Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

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This movie is one of my favorites. It is campy and has some great tunes. It has a cheesy heartwarming plot. The puppet strings are visible and the bad guys are a rock band of animals, complete with a snake. The songs will get stuck in your head and if you happen to watch White Christmas and Emmet you can do a sweet mash up of “Sisters, Sisters” from White Christmas and “Brothers” from Emmet. Good stuff people.

4. The Complete Harry Potter Series

Product DetailsI am not sure when Anthony and I started watching these movies at Christmas time, but we do it every year. The Christmas decorations in The Great Hall are enough to make me think of Christmas. Plus, I am a little obsessed with Harry Potter, so making a point to watch the movies once per year is a must. We just finished the 4th movie last night and I am all about the Yule Ball dance. We even used the music from it in our wedding. So yes, Harry Potter is a big part of my holiday movie watching.

5. Love Actually

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This movie is usually my Christmas movie watching binge opener. It warms my heart and has Alan Rickman and he is apparently a very big part of my holiday season (see Harry Potter and Die Hard). I love how this movie weaves many stories together with a terrific ensemble cast and portrays the messiness of the holidays. It really is delightful. This year I started it while Anthony was working from home and he made me pause it an hour in so he could watch it with me. I didn’t mind that I had to re-watch the beginning.

6. Disney’s Merry Merry Sing Along Songs 

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This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was very little. Apparently I loved it as a very young tot. So now I put it on when I am baking and rock out to my Mickey sing-a-longs.

 

 

7. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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This movie is pretty creepy when I watch it now, but this was my FAVORITE of the clay-mation Christmas movie when I was young. It has a very pagan feel to it and lots of creepy clay-mation beings. It comes with the bonus movie of Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey if you buy the DVD I linked.

 

 

8. The Year Without a Santa Claus

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if Santa wanted to take a year off? Well wonder no more my friends! This delightful movie has a terrific throw down between Heat Miser and Snow Miser in song form. You better believe Anthony and I sing and dance to this ditty, as well as make up our own lyrics to make it work for anytime of the year. So. Good. P.S. the DVD linked has a TON of my other Christmas favorites and I just bought it myself.

 

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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This movie is just so sweet. When Linus reads the lines from the Bible I get teary. You know this movie is truly a classic when the song they dance around to, that is not Chrsitmasy in any way, is played on the Christmas radio station.

 

 

10. The Muppet Christmas Carol

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This is the best version of A Christmas Carol out there. It is fun where it needs to be fun and solemn when Scrooge needs to learn a lesson. Plus, Muppets always do it better, ahve you seen their version of Treasure Island?  After reading more Dickens I’d like to think he would prefer this version too. 😉

 

Honorable mentions: You guys, there are a few more movies I love, some are already linked above as part of a movie compilation, but I have to give them a shout out: Jack Frost (clay-mation of course, Anthony loves the ice money in this one), Santa Claus is Coming to Town (A little black cat with yellow-green eyes anyone?), Die Hard (I fall into the camp that believes this is a Christmas movie), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (A movie about misfits saving Christmas? Yes. Please.), and A Christmas Story (this one is controversial in my family, but I happen to love it.)

How much does watching holiday movies play into your holiday season? If you could only watch one Christmas movie what would it be? What did I leave out of my top ten list that would make it onto yours? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

I love you more than Christmas movie binges and cheesy plot heart twinges,

Whitney

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