Christmas Movies

It’s that time of year again, the time to start watching Christmas movies.  My dream is to spend a whole day laying on the couch watching Christmas movies.  Unfortunately, December is so busy that this almost never happens.  However, I do try to make sure I watch a few of my favorites before the season is over.  And have you noticed that if a favorite Christmas movie “magically” shows up on TV, rather than watching one on a DVD or a streaming service, it seems so much better.

There are so many Christmas movies that it is hard to pick an absolute favorite, but some of my favorites include:

 

Elf

I love Buddy the Elf.  Despite being at least 6 feet tall, Buddy recently discovers that he is not in fact an elf.  So he goes on an adventure to New York City to find his real father.  There are so many classic lines that are easily remembered such as “Son of a Nutcracker.”  And there are four food groups, “Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Maple Syrup.”  The movie is full of fun but also has a sweet message about keeping the Christmas spirit.

Grinch

The Grinch is another one that I love.  Not the movie the Grinch (I actually find that one creepy) but the original cartoon Grinch.  The Grinch is so mean in the beginning (and I feel sorry for his dog), but the transformation he goes through is remarkable.  And I have to admit I always get a little choked up when the Who’s down in Whoville go sing in the town square despite the fact that the Grinch stole all of their presents including the Roast Beast.

Love Actually

This is maybe not really a Christmas movie (or at least I tell myself that since I watch it year-round) but it does take place at Christmas and it is about all the different kinds of love.  There are several somewhat interconnected stories that take place in the movie.  Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister is not to be missed.  And Colin Firth’s love story shows that connections can be real even if you do not speak the same language.

Christmas Vacation

 

The Griswolds are at it again.  They are going to have the best Griswold Christmas ever.  This means driving hours to pick out the perfect Christmas tree (a light shines on it so they know that it is the “one”).  Putting up way too many Christmas lights and kidnapping Clark’s boss.  With all of the antics and mishaps they still manage to have a wonderful Christmas.

 

Charlie Brown

I just saw the Charlie Brown Christmas turned 50 years old.  Charlie Brown of course can never do anything right.  He picks out a terrible Christmas tree and gets no Christmas cards.  Linus reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas with his beautiful recitation of the Christmas story.  In the end, Charlie Brown’s friends fix up the poor little tree so that it is a pretty tree.

Fred Claus

Vince Vaughn is Nick (Santa) Claus’ brother, Fred Claus.  Because he has lived in the shadows of his famous older brother, Fred thinks he is not good enough and never does anything right with his life.  Fred ends up helping his brother save Christmas from being shut down by an efficiency expert.  There is a lot of cute humor, from Fred going to talk therapy with the not-so-famous siblings of other famous people (Sylvester Stallone’s brother, Frank Stallone, Bill Clinton’s brother, Roger Clinton and the least famous Baldwin brother, Steven Baldwin) to Fred getting tired of the same Christmas music being played in the workshop and tries to shake things up a bit.

Miracle on 34th Street

A classic, although I do like the version from the 1990s as well.  The movie proves that a man, Kris Kringle, who is working at Macy’s as Santa, is the real Santa Claus.  I think I have always liked this movie because my mom told me that the real Santa Claus was at the Marshall Fields on State Street in Chicago.  So I think this movie just played into that belief I had.  Plus at the end, Susan has the best Christmas ever.

I know there are so many other Christmas movies and everyone has a favorite.  What Christmas movies are your favorite? –June

 

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