It’s officially December!! (well, in one hour, but whatever).
The way I feel about December is how most girls feel about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I can’t stand coffee, but when it comes to Christmas time or winter in general, I am on board full force. Winter is by far my favorite season. Not to mention it’s where my favorite holiday of the year lives: CHRISTMAS =D!
I’m not even quite sure why I love Christmas so much. It’s certainly not for any religious reasons, I just always feel so festive and happy this time of year.
Perhaps I was a polar bear in a past life.. So with that, I decided to compile a list of the best 25 Christmas movies, so you can have a movie to watch each day until Christmas. Aren’t I amazing? Yeah, I know. I fully intend to watch every single one of these this month… I’m a very busy person.
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2. A Christmas Story
Ahhhhh, fra-gee-lay, it must be Italian. A serious Christmas classic; it’s pretty much impossible to have not seen it by now because they play it on TV every. single. year. Nonetheless, it’s a film that you can’t help but love.
3. The Santa Clause
Remember when Tim Allen was relevant? Ho ho ho. Actually, I love Tim Allen, and I love this movie.
Especially that Bernard. Don’t lie, you had a crush on him too.
4. The Santa Clause 2
Just like the first one, except this time Scott Calvin is even fatter, and even jollier. ‘Nuff said.
5. Just Friends
Okay this one should probably be at the top of my list. I love this movie more than I can properly express. I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Maybe. Every line is oh-so-quotable, and the combination of Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris is just perfection.
Despite having watched this at least 20 times, I will never ever tire of it.
6. Home Alone
Do I even need to say anything about Home Alone? I think not.
Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF.
7. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Not as good as the first film, as it is with most sequels, but still a pretty great follow-up. I highly suggest watching one right after the other. But don’t even bother with Home Alone 3, 4, or 5. Those are just disgraceful. Yes, they seriously made FIVE.
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
I honestly haven’t seen this movie in years, but I am all for anything that involves taking a wholesome story and twisting it into something crude and mildly offensive.
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
My favorite adaptation of this story. Largely because it features Jim Carrey, and he is without a doubt my favorite actor/comedian/human of all time. Not to mention the makeup and costume designs are fantastic.
10. The Holiday
Ughhhhhhhhh, this movie. It kills me every time. No matter how many times I watch this, I am always left a blubbering mess. How can you not want to cry after seeing Jude Law’s precious sobbing face? Boys crying is kind of a weakness for me…even though that sounds mildly sadistic.
seriously jude law in glasses, i just, no words.
11. The Family Stone
I love this movie so much. However I can’t help but CRINGE so hard throughout 90% of it because Sarah Jessica Parker’s character is so awful. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge SJP fan, and she does a fantastic job at acting out her role, so much so that I want to slap her repeatedly throughout the film.
12. Edward Scissorhands
You can’t go wrong with a Tim Burton film, or Johnny Depp for that matter. And really all I want is to hug Edward and have him live in my house forever.
13. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Yet another Tim Burton film that never disappoints. It’s so surreal and creepy and lovely all at the same time.
Plus, anything with a Danny Elfman composition is bound to be magical.
14. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Ahhhh Muppets. I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I see them. And this movie is no exception to that.
Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Jim Henson Hour, Muppet Treasure Island (!!!), Muppets from Space (!!), even the newer films The Muppets, and Muppets Most Wanted were both amazing. Of course the classics with Jim Henson will always be the best, but they’ve done a fantastic job at keeping the Muppet essence alive.
15. Batman Returns
“You know, mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it”…”But a kiss can be even deadlier.. if you mean it”
Not the most Christmas-y of the bunch, however it still has a holiday theme, and once again it’s a Tim Burton film so it’s kind of required that I put it on the list. Besides, it’s Batman, what more do you want?
Another unconventional Christmas movie, however this easily ranks among one of the best. It is so creepy-cute and such an iconic 80′s film.
I want my own little Mogwai, sans the murdering though.
17. Jingle All the Way
Kind of a crap movie to be honest, but it’s got Arnold Schwarzenegger in it.. so there’s that. But if you’re as easily entertained as I am, then you’ll have a good time watching it. Arnie’s facial expressions alone make it highly enjoyable.
18. Love Actually
I won’t lie, the only time I have seen this was ages ago in 2003 or 2004. At the time I didn’t really follow the story, and couldn’t enjoy it very much. But considering that was when I was 16 or 17, I think I need to give it another chance now that I am obviously older and wiser~*. Mostly because it seems that every female on the planet worships this movie, so I want to be in on the fun too. It has such a myriad of entertaining actors, as well. Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley, so it’s definitely on my list of films to re-watch. And it’s got Andrew Lincoln before he was Rick Grimes. CORALLL!
19. A Christmas Carol
Regardless of which adaptation is your favorite, this story is a Christmas classic that is enjoyable in any form. Aside from the Muppets rendition which holds the number one spot, the 2009 film with Jim Carrey is my favorite. I absolutely love animations; if nothing else watch this for the stunning 3D visuals, because they’re pretty fantastic.
20. The Family Man
Another movie that I haven’t seen in years. But it stars Nicolas Cage and that’s really all I need. It seems that most people either love or hate Nic Cage.. most of them hate him. But I think he’s absolutely hilarious. I will say that he takes on a lot of shit movies (Ghost Rider….ugh). But there’s no denying that the great films he’s starred in would not have been the same without his presence. Lord of War, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock. Yeah, you’re welcome.
21. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Three words: Jonathan. Taylor. Thomas. The heartthrob of the 90′s that every 8 year old girl wanted to bang.
22. Joyeux Noël
k I haven’t actually seen this yet, but it’s been on my list of films-to-watch for a while now, so I will this year!
23. Arthur Christmas
I have a soft spot for CG-animated films because they remind me of those Christmas claymation classic shorts, you know the ones I am talking about?! Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town. I am seriously grinning just thinking about them.
24. The Year Without Santa Claus
I think as far as all-time favorites go, this one tops my list due to the pure nostalgia factor. It is just too perfect for words. And the Heat Miser/Snow Miser songs.. You can bet that I still sing along with them every time I watch it. No shame.
25. A Charlie Brown Christmas
And last but not least! A Charlie Brown Christmas. It may only be 30 minutes long, but that’s really all they need to start yanking at your feelings. Even the scroogiest of scrooges love this one.
Ta-da! This blog post took me so long to finish, so I truly hope that you enjoyed it and you’re feeling more festive (or else) =D. I pretty much had a smile plastered on my face the entire time while writing. But I am a huge sap, so it’s to be expected.
Leave me a comment below and let me know which Christmas film is your favorite =).
❆❆Happy holidays everyone!❆❆