Well, it’s that time of year again. Only 11 days until Christmas. Decorations are up, everyone is heading to the Malls to get their last minute shopping done and crossing off who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. After the hustle and bustle of all of the rushing around most of us like to settle in for the night in front of our TVs and are inundated with holiday commercials. But between those annoying commercials are, what are my favorite, Christmas movies.
The movies that are broadcast each year go from, You can’t miss, to, I can’t believe that I just waisted that amount of time watching that piece of crap!
Here are some of my all-time favorites, they may not be your’s, so let me know what you think.
Elf is a really cute movie. I am not really a big fan of Will Farrell, but he plays this part perfectly and I don’t think that anyone else would have been able to fill those curly-toed shoes. Buddy the Elf is different than all the other elves at the North Pole and he finds out that Santa (played by Bob Newhart) had actually adopted Buddy. Finding this out, Buddy travels to New York City to find his real Father (played by James Cann) and to also restore Christmas cheer to a dwindling population that still believes.
This movie is quite funny and very entertaining for the family to watch and to help get you into the Holiday Spirit.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This is one of the funnier, if not the funniest Christmas movies that are re-aired annually. I didn’t think that the other movies in the Vacation series were that funny, rather kind of stupid. But Christmas Vacation will have tears running down my face from laughing. This is one of the few movies that I have to watch every year.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the third of the seven “Vacation” movies released. Returning in this movie is Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) who set out to have the perfect Family Christmas. As with all of the “Vacation” movies, nothing that Clark Griswold plans goes the way that he wants it to and the situations from these problems are hysterical.
I think one of the reasons why we love this movie so much is that no matter how over-the-top any of the situations are, they are relatable and we can actually see it happening to our family.
This is a must watch for your family (maybe not the really young). It will relieve the stress from sitting in hours of traffic at the mall
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street is a much older movie. The premise of the story is that Kris Kringle is hired to play Santa for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after it is found out that the man playing Santa is intoxicated. Kris Kringle befriends the woman who is the Event Planner for the parade and Kris Kringle meets her daughter Susan. Well, Susan does not believe in Santa and the movie goes on from there.
Like I said, this is an older movie. the role of the young Susan is played by the late Natalie Wood. This move is dear to me because it shows Christmas at a much simpler time, with the old-style holiday decorations, the bustle of people shopping in the city rather than commuting to the malls or ordering on Amazon.
This movie is great for the whole family, even though the younger viewers may get bored because it is in black and white and there are no special effects in this movie.
A Christmas Story (1983)
Now this, this is my ALL-TIME favorite Christmas movie. I must of have seen Ralphie and his Red Rider BB gun over one hundred times, actually, many more times than that.
This movie was a staple in my house when I was young and when Turner Broadcasting purchased the rights for this movie and continuously looped the movie starting on Christmas Eve and running all through Christmas Day, my father would hide the remote for the TV so that no one could change the channel.
I think that everyone knows the premise, hell, most of us have lived the premise one way or the other. This movie reminds us how nerve wrenching the weeks leading up to Christmas are for a kid and how wanting that one special gift for Christmas can cause sleepless nights and joy or disappointment.
What I love about this movie is how, depending on your age, you have a different perspective on the movie. When I was younger, I would see the movie from Ralphie’s perspective and how the weeks leading up to Christmas are pure torture. Now that I am older and have children of my own, I can now see the movie from the parent’s point of view of wanting to have the perfect Christmas for our children.
This movie is great for both the very young and the very old. The feelings that this movie bring back are incredible.
What do you think? Was I wrong on any of these movies? Do you know of any movies that I may have missed? Thanks for taking the time reading my Blog. I hope that you would leave me a comment or visit my Twitter, YouTube or other Social Media account that are up at the top of the page. Like I said earlier in the post, these are my favorite Holiday movies, I hope that you enjoyed this blog and I will be back with a new blog shortly.