33 Best Christmas Movies So Far

christmas-moviesThis morning we began to brain-storm to try and figure out what of our favorite Christmas movies we have not yet seen this year, so we can purpose to find and watch them before it’s too late. So I googled some top Christmas movie lists and found that none of the lists really reflected the favorites of our household. I polled the kiddos and the wife, and found that we all had very different favorites.

As a result, I have created some lists of our favorites so far. There’s nothing scientific about these lists, neither do they reflect national popularity. But they’ve made an impact on us. Why thirty-three? Because I had to make three lists, one for my son, one for my daughter, and one for mom & dad. some of the movies were repeated and thirty-three is the number of unique titles. So without further ado…


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  1. I love White Christmas, Elf, The Santa Clause, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Some of my favorites you didn’t mention:

    The Muppet Christmas Carol (with Michael Caine as Scrooge) is my all-time favorite version of the Dickens classic. The first version to ever make me feel sympathetic toward Ebenezer, and it’s because of Belle, and that song she sings that makes me weep every single time. It seems in every other version of the story, I had only ever cared about Scrooge’s repentance for Bob Cratchit’s sake (and Tiny Tim) but this version makes me actually care about Scrooge’s redemption for himself. And I swear Michael Caine makes me believe the Muppet cast are just as real as the humans.

    While I still bought Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and let my kids watch it, I always had a problem with the way Santa acted in that movie, and therefore it never made my favorites. I always preferred “Santa Claus is Comin to Town” with Fred Astaire’s narration and a Santa that chose Christmas as his wedding night because it was /already/ a holy night. The holiday doesn’t originate with Santa or revolve around him.

    I must also admit to being extremely fond of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, the Chuck Jones animated one, NOT that abomination with Jim Carrey. I got the Dr. Seuss book at a very young age. I memorized it and can still recite it. What a treasure is this little story.

    If someone stole everything in my entire house (not just the decorations and presents, but food, furniture, and even the log for the fire) on Christmas Eve, would I really be in the mood to sing so joyfully like those Whos did on Christmas morning? That’s a profound challenge for a kiddie movie to issue, and it doesn’t pull any punches even though it is completely fun and silly and wildly entertaining in the process.


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