One of my favorite things to do in the month of December is watch Christmas movies! (I do wait until after Thanksgiving – I’m not that crazy.) It’s the one holiday tradition that really brings me back to my childhood, and more than anything else gets me in the mood for Christmastime. Most of the time, I will watch anything almost anything holiday-related (including those cheesy Lifetime or ABC Family movies on Netflix), but I definitely have my favorites. These are the movies I make sure to watch every year, and I never get tired of them.
Here are my top ten favorite Christmas movies:
- Elf. I’ve already watched it three times this year. I love Elf! It’s just so funny and Christmasy and amazing. Plus it helps that my family references it constantly during Christmas.
- White Christmas. This movie is a classic. I love it so much! The songs in this film are some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs; I love “Count Your Blessings” and “Snow” (Seth MacFarlane does a version on his Christmas album – yes, he has a Christmas album – that is really great, too).
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The claymation one. I think this was one of my favorite movies as a kid. My ugly Christmas sweater is just a sweatshirt with a handmade felt Abominable Snowman (from this movie) and multi-colored twinkle lights on it. It’s awesome.
- A Christmas Story. Another classic. My mom hates this movie, so it’s always fun to annoy her with it. But, really, I just love how ridiculous this movie is.
- The Holiday. If only all home-exchanges could work out this great. I would love to spend a week or two in a cozy English cottage like Iris’s. I just really love this movie.
- Home Alone. What 90s kid wasn’t in love with this movie growing up? It definitely had me convinced that I could outsmart burglars (which was probably not the case).
- The Grinch. Fun fact: I’ve actually been on the set of this movie at Universal Studios and it is really cool. Like being inside a Dr. Seuss book. I think I love this movie so much because I saw it for the first time with family, and we had a lot of fun. So it always reminds me of that.
- Miracle on 34th Street. My mother brilliantly showed me this movie when I was about eight and starting to suspect the truth about Santa Claus. After watching this, I had no doubts about his existence. Plus, (in my mind) it’s one of the only movies where Santa is portrayed as both real and not creepy or weird. I actually really like both versions.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This movie is such a weird cult classic. And I love it! Because shadenfreude.
- Holiday Inn. Ironically, the famous song “White Christmas” did not originate in the film White Christmas. It made it’s movie debut in Holiday Inn, though it was still sung by Bing Crosby. This movie is really sweet, and I think it’s a great Christmas classic.
I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas movies are in the comments! Do you have any film-related holiday traditions?