When I was a kid, Christmas seemed to slowly crawl its way around. Now that I’m older I always say I can’t believe how close it is to Christmas. I still love Christmas and all the great things that come with it. I will never forget all the fun times with family and the Christmas lights flashing all across town. I am also a huge movie buff. So it’s pretty simple to see why Christmas plus movies equal lots of fun for me. I present you with my top ten favorite Christmas Comedies. Let the countdown begin.
10. Jingle All The Way – I am sure every parent can relate to Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sinbad in this movie. The two fathers go store-to-store all throughout Minnesota in order to bring Turboman, the hottest toy of the year, to their children.
9. Jack Frost – A 1998 remake of Frosty the Snowman, except Frosty has a new identity otherwise known as Michael Keaton. A heartwarming, but yet still funny tale where a twelve-year-old child makes a snowman that comes to life as his recently deceased father.
8. Elf – Aren’t elves the cutest little things? Will Ferrell is an elf. Well, that can’t be true. He isn’t little and sorry Mr. Ferrell, but most people think of elves as a bit cuter. If funny was cute, than Will Ferrell would take the cake. He doesn’t fail to deliver those gift-wrapped laughs in this movie where one lucky guy gets to find out he has a six-foot-three elf for a son.
7. The Santa Clause – We all learn there is no such thing as Santa Clause when we get older. But what if there was? What if when your father was dressed up as Santa on that special night, that it wasn’t an act, but the real deal. One kid and his father get to face this great, but overwhelming reality. That’s right. There is a Santa Clause Tim Allen, and you are it.
6. Ernest Saves Christmas – All of Jim Vorney’s Ernest movies have one thing in common – you either love them or you hate them. Personally, I love the silly and almost overbearing comedy of this one. I think it does a great job of showing that sometimes the same people that one is quick to make fun of are the best people out there. I’m talking about the people that would drop everything to help out the same person that had just mocked them. Wouldn’t we all be a little better off if everybody had that in them?
5. Home Alone – Before he was famous for being Michael Jackson’s little buddy, Macaulay Culkin won over America with his performance as Kevin McCallister. Kevin McCallister was the kid that got left behind when his family went on vacation. It is every mother’s nightmare and every kid’s dream, a kid with no authority and rules to live by. As they try to rob the McCallister home, two burglars find out that this isn’t your average eight year old.
4. Mickey’s Christmas Carol – How could it be Christmas without the Charles Dickens’s holiday classic? Even better, how much greater would it be if it starred Mickey Mouse, Pluto and friends. This remake of maybe the most well known Christmas tale ever will make you laugh and melt your heart at the same time.
3. A Christmas Story – You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out! Easily the most quotable Christmas movie of all time and probably the most watched thanks to TBS and their twenty-four hour marathons of it. I give all the credit in the world to Peter Billingsly, who is better known as little Ralphie, for having the guts to wear that hideous pink bunny get up.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas? – I would love to say that the biggest reason I like this movie is because it shows how Christmas is not about gifts or even decorations, but celebrating with loved ones. I must admit that it instead finishes a close second to the fact that it’s a funny riddle that allows me to take on the guilty pleasure of watching a cartoon every year. What person can say that doesn’t bring back a little bit of that childhood excitement we all enjoyed at Christmas back to their lives?
1. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – Chevy Chase plays a middle-aged father of two trying to bring his family closer together during the holidays. As everything goes the complete opposite of how he planned it, he pushes on with the support of his wife, played by the lovely Beverly DeAngelo. I watch this every year and the laughs never cease. It is quite funny to watch this now and see Chevy Chase in his prime, as funny as it is today to think he had a prime. I think any person can easily see this movie resembling how their holidays can sometimes be. Whether it’s the relatives that drive you crazy, but in the end are still family; or how everything seems to go wrong and never the way you planned them