I love my holiday movies almost as much as I love my music, though it takes longer to watch a movie so I don’t get nearly as many in. Christmas isn’t Christmas without at least a partial viewing of A Christmas Story and the Rankin Bass Christmas specials with Frosty, Rudolph, and the gang. (I’m good with catching a half hour or so of them on tv and don’t usually feel compelled to watch the whole thing) and one or two of the ridiculously cheesy romantic comedy-esque movies that are churned out by the hundreds on Lifetime and Hallmark and ABC Family. Predictable, laughable and depending on which channel possibly filled with a death or two, they are also a requisite Christmas experience.
A few essentials that I watch at least once every year, sometimes not even at Christmas (shh!):
- White Christmas
- Muppet Christmas Carol
- It's a Wonderful Life
- Holiday Inn
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original cartoon version with Boris Karloff narrating , not the scandalously horrid Jim Carey version)
- A Christmas Carol-any version, but this is one of my favorites
- The Bishop's Wife
- Mr. Krueger's Christmas
- Miracle on 34th Street (I find I alternate the versions each year, usually getting one of them in each season and haven't been able to pick a favorite between the two)
- The Santa Clause
- The Small One
- Mickey's Christmas Carol
- The Holiday
- While You Were Sleeping
- You've Got Mail
- Meet Me In St. Louis
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Little Women (the most recent version with Christian Bale...of course!)
Any of your favorites I may have missed?
Let's leave you with a short clip to get your weekend started out right. Whaddya say?
Such a fabulous movie! Go watch the rest, right now. Whatever you think you need to be doing instead will still be waiting for you when it's over.