Monday, December 5, 2016

Favorite Christmas Movies #JoysHop2016 #giveaway

One of the best ways for me to get into that Christmassy feeling is to watch Holiday movies. I have a collection that I keep stocked on my DVD shelf that I begin watching from December 1 to 25. We usually have a movie playing in the background while we're decorating the Christmas tree, too. My kids need some kind of distraction. They love to help with the decorations, but with 4 eager helpers, things get a little carried away at times!


Anytime I need a laugh or maybe a good-feeling kind of cry, I watch these movies to get into the spirit of the Season. From Clark Griswald's attempt to have the hap-hap-happiest family Christmas to Ebenezer Scrooge learning about the true meaning of Christmas, there's practically a holiday movie for everyone!

Also, there are the classics that are a must-see every year and my kids like to keep the tradition of watching Holiday movies going. We've already watched a few last weekend! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye crooning Christmas carols to little Suzy believing in Santa Claus, these are wonderful feel-good movies that I recommend everyone watch at least once a year!

Here's a list of my favorite Holiday movies in no particular order:

  • White Christmas (1954)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • A Christmas Carol (1999)
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version) (1966)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

"Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!" — George Bailey

"Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." — Zuzu Bailey

Ralphie: "No! No! I want an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!"
Santa Claus: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

"It's Christmas Eve! It's... it's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we... we... we smile a little easier, we... w-w-we... we... we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be!" — Frank Cross 

 "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"— Buddy

And for those special people who include it in their holiday movie watching experience as I do, yes, I did include Die Hard on this list, too!

What are your favorite Holiday movies? 
I'd love to know! I'm always looking to add more 
favorites to my list. 

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  1. I Love sappy Christmas stories. I watched several over the weekend and they always put me in the spirit! The classics are always fun, but I like new ones too. I watched a time slip last night which was right up my alley and Heaven Sent... very cute but I would have changed the ending.

  2. I love all of those movies too. I'm also a Hallmark Channel junkie and I would lump the Nightmare Before Christmas in with Christmas movies :) but I love that movie so it might just be me

  3. Thanks for a great post! I was just talking about this with my Zumba class on Monday - we made a list of newer, Hallmark types. A friend has the entire dialogue to The Christmas Card memorized so I'd put that on your list for sure.

  4. Love these movies, too! Addicted to the Hallmark movies, The Holiday, Love Actually, and The Bishop's Wife to name a few. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Other great movies: Fred Claus, Santa Claus: the Movie ("Christmas...TWO); Mr. Saint Nick, and Balanchine's Nutcracker with Baryshnikov. M. S.

  6. I don't have set Holiday movies that I watch. So I'll just dig in my animation sack and say add The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to your list.

  7. What a great list! I don't watch TV much any more, but these are classics. Merry Christmas!