Christmas – Must See Movies

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FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES

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1 – A CHRISTMAS STORY – My absolute favorite holiday movie. When I met my husband in the late 90’s I had never seen this movie. At his suggestion I watched it and fell in love with it. This is such a wonderful snapshot of the Christmas seasons I remember as a child. Ralphie’s house reminds me so much of my grandparents home. Every time I see him standing in front of Highbee’s drooling over the prized Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle I recall how I enjoyed the holiday windows of our stores in downtown York. Weist and Bon Ton had the animated holiday scenes and the latest selection of the most wanted toys on display. It is the spirit of the movie, the anticipation and the interaction of the family that makes me just love this movie. When the marathon begins on Christmas Eve I turn it on and at least one tv in the house is on for the duration of the 24 hours that this movie is played 12 times. I am sure my husband is sometimes sorry he told me about this movie. I really do want to go visit the official A Christmas Story House in Cleveland and then go for Chinese Turkey!

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2 – It’s A Wonderful Life – Yes it is and this movie brings that to light.  I watch this one almost as much as A Christmas Story. Good old George Bailey is always there for everyone else. When things get tough for him, he discovers just how much he means to everyone. I love Clarence and every time I hear a bell ring he comes to mind.

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3 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – How I relate to Sparky in his quest to provide a good old fashioned fun filled holiday for his family. This movie still makes me laugh so hard every time I see it. My oldest daughter can relate to the trek out to get the tree, a mile from the car we finally decided on one and were equipped only with a hand saw. Thankfully a kind person with a chain saw took pity on us. If I would let him, my husband would have had our house looking like the Griswald’s with all those twinkling lights blinding the neighbors.

 

So those are the three movies I MUST see every year. What follows are other favorites, in no real order, I enjoy them all!

 

4 – A Christmas Carol – the one with George C. Scott as Scrooge is my all time favorite interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic from 1843.
5 – White Christmas – A snowy Christmas at a lodge in New England. The stuff Christmas cards are made of! Great music and dancing make this an all time favorite.
6 –  Elf – Son of a nutcracker, you just have to laugh at this one. Makes you want to spread Christmas Cheer, by singing loud for all to hear. I have watched this several times already this season.
7 – Ernest Saves Christmas – Cranberry Sauce in the shape of a can!
8 – Polar Express – Can you still hear the sound of the bell?
9 – A Muppets Christmas Carol – Fozziwig has the Christmas Spirit!
10 – The Santa Clause – I enjoyed all three, but the first one is my favorite.
11 – The Santa Clause 2 – The Mrs. Clause
12 – The Santa Clause 3 – The Escape Clause
13 – Christmas With the Kranks – Just proves you cannot ignore the insanity of the season.
14 – Home Alone – Survival of the most resourceful!
15 – Emmit Otters Jug Band Christmas – A very cute movie which is based on the same theme as the story The Gift of the Magi.
16 – Santa Claus, The Movie – This is how I always envisioned what Santa looked like.
17 – Prancer – Sam Elliot stars in this, that alone makes it a wonderful movie.
18- The Homecoming; A Christmas Story – The Christmas Movie based on the tv show The Waltons.
19 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas – I am not a huge Jim Carey fan, but loved him in this one.
20 – Meet Me In St. Louis – Judy Garland singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas makes me cry every time!
21 – Scrooged – Bill Murray is great in this modern version of Dicken’s tale. Just watched this last night.
22 – Deck The Halls – There are those glowing lights again!
23 – Santa Baby – Santa’s daughter tries to resist taking over the family business.
24 – Miracle on 34th Street – The Classic 1947 version is still the best!
25 – Babes In Toyland – I have to admit that I rarely watch this movie anymore, a sentimental favorite. This was one my daddy and I loved when I was little. Now that I am older, every time I here the main song I cry. “Childhood toyland (Toyland!), Mystical merry toyland, Once you pass it’s borders, You can never return again!”

 

And while it is not a movie, rather a television special, I still have to mention A Charlie Brown Christmas! No holiday is complete without seeing this classic.

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