Post # 1
Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year, so I get pretty into the Christmas spirit! I’ve already begun wrapping presents, and I made a rule this year: no Christmas movies before November 1st! (I’ve already watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation four times since then 😀 But I watch so many Christmas movies during the season that I’ve begun to wear them out a bit. I’d love some recommendations for others than I can make part of my Christmas tradition! Here are the standards I always watch ( over and over and over…):
National Lampoon’s, as already mentioned
actual versions of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story (t’aint no Christmas without Ralphie)
It’s a Wonderful Life (always had a crush on the young Stew’)
the Rankin and Bass Frosty the Snowman and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (with Father Mouse!)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (their version of the Ghost of Christmas Future always scared me as a kid!)
Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (a STAPLE, by god!)
Gremlins (what better way to ring in the Christmas season than with scaly, murderous creatures)
Bad Santa (is the second one worth the watch, though?)
A Smurf Christmas (I have it recorded on VHS from the early ’90s, I tell you! It has commercials in it from the nighly news about Bush Sr. and those old Coca Cola and McDonalds commercials. You can’t EVEN.)
And last but not least… A Charlie Brown Christmas. That little tree gets me every time.
Okay, so what to add? I hear Elf is supposed to be good or something?
Post # 2
Yes Elf is amazing. Love Actually is another favorite. The Santa Clause is my favorite from childhood that I still always watch now. Also in the realm of made-for-tv Christmas movies, for some reason I’m obsessed with ABC Family’s 12 Dates of Christmas. It’s been on Netflix forever and its delightful.
Post # 3
Miracle on 34th Street is a classic.
It’s a wonderful life.
Jingle all the way
The Santa Claus
Christmas with the Kranks
Post # 4
As much as I dislike Will Farrell in general, Elf is a cute movie.
A Muppet Christmas Carol! So good.
Post # 5
I love Elf! That’s a must for me every year.
Post # 6
The Grinch with Jim Carey
All the Christmas claymation movies
Post # 7
*writes all this down* Great ideas, everyone! 😀
Post # 8
Home Alone 1 and 2, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, Elf & It’s A Wonderful Life are staples for us. The Christmas season isn’t officially underway til I’ve watched the first Home Alone!
the Christmas animated specials I grew up with – Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Frosty the Snowman, Garfield’s Christmas, and of course The Grinch
Christmas With The Cranks (love Jamie Lee Curtis, not usually a Tim Allen fan but he’s very likeable in this)
Krampus (a darker Christmas movie, nice way to bridge Halloween and Christmas season alongside the lighter Nightmare Before Christmas).
If you’re in a lighter fare chick-flick mood, Four Christmases and The Holiday and Just Friends are decent
And a thought-provoking bittersweet fave of mine, Family Man with Tea Leoni and Nicolas Cage
The Family Stone
Gremlins, love it for the Christmas content and 80s flashback
And I’m a huge fan of Friends, so a lazy afternoon wrapping Christmas gifts and watching the Christmas episodes from all the seasons is on my ‘to do’ list
Post # 9
We do the classics like it’s a wonderful life (agree re young Jimmy), miracle on 34th, and then love actually, bad santa, and home alone, nat’l lampoon, and Christmas with the kranks.
Fiance will also find any Christmas love movie on lifetime or AMC as fall asleep tv – he absolutely loves Christmas.
Post # 10
Absolutely elf and the Santa clause. Those are 2 of my faves.
I also do Christmas with the Kranks, the family stone, the holiday, four Christmases.
Post # 11
Love actually is a great Christmas movie!
I’ll be home for Christmas hasn’ been mentioned yet!
Post # 12
Elf is great! Also love the Family Man, even though not a big Cage fan. I also used to really like Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
Can’t beat Home Alone 1 & 2 OR Charlie Brown. 🙂
Post # 14
B&W- The Bishop’s Wife and its wonderful remake “The Preacher’s Wife” (one of Whitney Houston’s Best, luminous and a FABULOUS musical score)
Christmas In Connecticut -I also love the 1992 remake, same title with Dyan Cannon
A Diva’s Christmas
Post # 15
It’s a Christmas movie! We watch it every year at our Friendsmas get together.