The holidays are fast approaching and one activity that any family enjoys together at this time of year, is a good Christmas movie. Here is a list of the top ten Christmas movies. If you haven’t seen one or more of these oldies but goodies, this year is the time to do it!
If you love musicals (and even if you don’t), you are going to love ‘White Christmas’. Starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, you’re in for a treat as you follow this best friend duo and entertainers as they weave there way from here to there, falling in love with a couple of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Allen). As wartime heroes, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Kaye and Crosby), return home to begin a song and dance duo, leading up to a surprise celebration in honor of their commanding officer, on the first night of snow in Vermont. Filled with wholesome laughter and sprinkled with a bit of seriousness, this movie is bound to become a yearly tradition to watch in your library of Christmas movies.
Gather the kids and a warm blanket for the original ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. This Christmas movie is a timeless classic of the wonderment of Santa Claus and proving to a little girl whether he truly exists or not. No Christmas holiday is complete without a family viewing of this holiday movie.
Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is everyone’s favorite love-hate character at Christmastime. You love him because he’s so crazy, and you hate him because he’s so crazy! From getting stuck in the attic, counting his chickens before they’re hatched, being hospitable to his brother Eddie, burning up the Christmas tree – it just never ends – you feel sorry for him at the same time as you’re not, knowing he gets himself into the situations he finds himself in.
A Christmas Story. You’ll fall in love with Ralphie right from the start and sympathize with his plight of yearning for that one special gift that can beat no other – a real Red Ryder BB Gun. Ralphie grows up a lot in this movie as he learns to change a tire with his dad and uses the ‘queen mother of dirty words’, complies with his mother as he wears the bunny outfit, beats up the neighborhood bullies and more. It is a movie of a little boy who wants to grow up owning a real BB gun, even if he does shoot his eye out.
‘While You Were Sleeping’ is more recent but makes the Top Ten list. Set in the snowy holidays, Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock give this movie the punch needed to make it a classic for the holidays. Alone and without family, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is destined to spend Christmas by herself, once more, with just her cat. However, she becomes a heroine, while mistaken for a rich man’s fiancé. In the course of trying to set things straight, at every turn she finds herself getting into a deeper hole of deception over a false relationship, while falling in love with a strange, new ‘family’. Circumstances bring about the truth and Jack Callaghan (Bill Pullman) must decide if he loves Lucy enough to forgive her for leading him and his family along on false pretenses. A very sweet movie.
Tradition must include the animated ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman’. We all remember the dilemma Santa faces Christmas Eve and bringing in Rudolph as the front and center of his sleigh team, in order to save the day (or evening, in this case). How could we not include Frosty while we’re at it? Everyone must experience the narration of Burl Ives and enjoy the fun as Frosty (almost named ‘Oatmeal’) takes a trip to the North Pole, with a little girl named Karen and runs into a rabbit with magical a black hat.
The Grinch that Stole Christmas is up there near the top of one of the holiday favorite for all. Caught in the same attitude of Scrooge, it takes the heart of a child and looking at things anew to change the hard heart of the Grinch. A great message for all.
Speaking of Scrooge, the holiday magic of Christmas movies isn’t complete without watching ‘A Christmas Carol’. While many versions have been made, one of the favorites of all times stars the Muppets and Michael Caine as Scrooge. Not only will the kids be laughing, but they’ll also be learning a great lesson to take away after the television is turned off – it’s better to give than to receive (or hoard!).
Of course, Home Alone 1 has become one of the most well loved Christmas movies of all time. As Kevin McCallaster (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself left behind as the rest of the family flies abroad for Christmas, he also finds himself the victim of the burglary duo of Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), who are ransacking houses throughout the neighborhood. Using ingenious ideas to stop and/or catch them, he survives and saves the house from being burglarized just in time. Home Alone 2 is just as good, if not better, than the first movie, and carries with it a simple, yet much needed lesson of love.
Many of these classics have become bargain movies and can be bought at a fraction of the original cost. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections above for great family entertainment during the upcoming holidays.