“Christmas for me is all about spending time with my family. I cherish any chance we have to spend all day together making gingerbread houses, baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies.” ~ Blake Lively
Christmas Movie Intervention
Guys I have a problem and it is Christmas Movies. Legit major problem. I might need an intervention. I admit it, which is half the battle right? Except I don’t know if I REALLY want help. Maybe in January sometime.
By now you all know my love for Hallmark Christmas Movies. Alas, while they have pierced my heart and made their mark kicking off the holiday season, (BEFORE Halloween) It is the Christmas Classics, the movies that captivated us as children, and not only bring those memories back, but also appreciate all the hidden innuendoes as adults.
I have already watched The Santa Clause: 1, 2, AND 3 approximately thirty times (NOT that I am counting) and Home Alone is close behind. Actually Home Alone might be more since it is my nephews’ favorite movie. My niece is firmly in The Santa Clause camp. Sorry Elsa, got to let it go and accept you have been replaced by Santa.
After having seen them so many times you think I would be sick of them, but shockingly I am not, and now that all of the channels are jumping on the bandwagon (FINALLY!) I thought it was fitting to share my favorite Christmas movies, and while Diehard didn’t Make MY list, yes dear readers, it is a Christmas movie.
White Christmas tops the list. It is such a classic movie, and if I had to chose a favorite, (though as a Gemini that is just cruel to do to me) it just might be mine. From the legendary actors, the iconic outfits, and fun timeless musical numbers, this movie gives me all the feels, so much so, I have it memorized by heart. Fun fact: The song, White Christmas, actually originated in another Bing Crosby movie, Holiday Inn, which was filmed a couple years prior to White Christmas.
The Santa Clause
A movie I might definitely need an intervention for. All three are highly entertaining and never get old. (Martin Short as Jack Frost in the third is classic!) But it is the first that has a special place in my heart. The magic of Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin, seeing the North Pole for the first time, never fades. While it has always been funny, the older I get the funnier the movie gets. All the innuendoes, from “I sleep naked, BUTT naked” to “Here’s Neal’s Mothers’s number- “1-800-Spank-me? I know that number” that I never understood as a child, but now as an adult I can appreciate wholeheartedly makes this movie a must see, yes, thirty times and counting.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Whether you love or hate Christmas, EVERYONE loves this movie. Anything that can go wrong, does in a laugh your booty off fashion and yet amidst all the funny, it has a sentimental and meaningful message. The epic one-liners have been memorized, repeated, and shared on t-shirts and mugs, making it a truly classic movie, whether Christmas or not.
Elf is another comedic Christmas gem, one I currently have on, because it is fast becoming my nephew’s new favorite, as I write this. This movie too, is filled with jokes that always make me laugh and have also appeared on t-shirts and mugs. Buddy’s naivety is so innocent and sweet, you can’t help but love him as much as you are laughing. Everyone needs a cotton headed ninny muggins in their life.
Miracle On 34th Street (the original)
I love old movies, and while the 1994 version isn’t horrible, nothing beats the timeless nature and originality of the original Miracle on 34th Street. Not only that, but while the original was allowed to use Macy’s which is a real department store, the newer version was forced to switch to a fictionalized version.
Another movie I might need an intervention thanks to my nephews, I have seen it at least twenty times, and we even watched it when we trimmed the tree. While some people hate sequels, I am not opposed and I love the nostalgia factor I get from watching the second, especially since it was even filmed in my ‘hood. The first will forever remain a classic though, since it is where Kevin McCallister’s shenanigan’s all began and we were introduced to our favorite criminals we love to laugh at.
Jingle All the Way
Jingle All The Way might just be the most underrated Christmas movie. Using the toy fads, as major comedic material, a Dad is on the hunt for the it toy of the season, a Turbo-Man, which he cannot beg, borrow and even attempts to steal. Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps it PG while still sneaking in some action.
This is sacrilegious but I LOVE the Jim Carrey movie more then the cartoon, or the animated version that came out a year ago. I can’t help it. From the cinematography that does an excellent job bringing Whoville to life to the costumes, and of course Jim Carrey’s slightly crazed, extremely bitter, but kinda lovable Grinch it is so funny and entertaining, I love watching it every year. Where are you Christmas is also one of my favorite songs of the season.
Rankin Bass Christmas Specials
Not sure if this is an honorable mention because technically these are not movies, but the Rankin Bass Christmas specials have a special place in my heart. I remember watching them as a kid, and as an adult I still get nostalgic when they come on. From the Heat Miser to Winter Warlock to of course Rudy, I love the songs and still sing along to them. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is my favorite and I always have time to watch it when it comes on.
What is your favorite Christmas movie? DO you prefer the Christmas comedies or more sentimental?
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