Oh, how I love Christmas! From the music to the movies to the spirit of giving, I love it all!
Since having my girls, I find I enjoy it even more. It’s fun watching my girls’ eyes light up as they see all the lights and decorations. Or when Santa comes on TV, how they stop and stare, then my oldest talks nonstop about him and how she’s a very good girl (well, that’s questionable).
I adore Christmas so much that I watch all the cheesy Christmas movies found on ABC Family, Hallmark, and Lifetime. Watching the new ones bring me almost as much joy as watching classic Christmas films.
So, in no particular order, I thought I’d share 12 movies of Christmas that I delight in watching.
Not being a huge Will Ferrell fan, I approached this movie with a bit of trepidation. I shouldn’t have! It made me laugh, hard, and brought me joy. Pure joy for Christmas! Buddy reminds us all that Christmas should be a happy time.
The Santa Clause
After accidentally causing Santa to fall off his roof, Scott (Tim Allen) puts on Santa’s coat and, with the urging of his son, finishes Santa’s deliveries. He learns that by putting on the coat, he will become Santa Claus. This movie makes me smile, not only for the comedy, but in watching the character’s discovery about the meaning of Christmas.
Old films are the best, and this one ranks right up there! Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney make this a classic! I especially love the end when….well, you need to see it and be prepared to cry.
This Hallmark movie fits perfectly for the season. A soldier, Cody, receives a beautiful Christmas card from another soldier. After his friend is killed in Afghanistan, Cody travels to visit his friend’s widow. While there, he meets the woman who sent the Christmas card and falls in love with her. But, there’s a problem, she’s already engaged.
I have to admit that this is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. It’s also the movie where the song “White Christmas” was first introduced. The movie stars Bing Crosby (Jim) and Fred Astaire (Ted) as a musical act in New York. Unfortunately, Ted runs off with Jim’s fiancé, breaking up the act. Jim decides to buy a farm and live the simple life. It’s not as easy as he hopes. He ends up turning the inn into a holiday inn, where special performances are given on all the holidays with the help of Linda (played by Majorie Reynolds). Of course, Ted wants Linda for himself.
A Christmas Carol (1938)
The Dickens classic came to life for the first time with this movie. While other versions are good, there is nothing like the original film. Will Ebenezer Scrooge learn any real lessons after the visits from the ghosts?
I still remember the first time I saw this movie. It was Thanksgiving weekend in 2003, right after the film was released. I went to the movie with my sister and her friend Alicia. When the movie ended, we couldn’t stop smiling. Now, I have to see this movie every year.
I’m sure someone will say, “Denise, this is not a Christmas movie.” To me, it is. It takes place during the Christmas season. Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman together make it a classic. It’s funny and heartwarming. What more can you ask for?
Last year, I introduced my husband to this film. He’s still not sure about it, but I am. It was better than I remembered. What happens when a family leaves their eight-year-old son home alone for Christmas? Well, not as much if it wasn’t for a couple of crooks determined to rob his house (played brilliantly by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci).
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The original version of this film is pretty fabulous. It’s perfect. So, when this movie was released, I wasn’t sure I would like it, knowing how outrageous Jim Carrey can be. I shouldn’t have been concerned. I love this movie! I felt like I understood the Grinch better. And, maybe, my heart grows three times each time I watch it.
It’s a Wonderful Life
If you don’t know about this movie, I’m not sure I want to know you (just kidding…maybe). You must watch it now. This classic with James Stewart and Donna Reed warms your heart. Poor George Bailey; his life hasn’t gone as he planned. He’s struggled and is ready to give up. Then, an angel without wings helps him see what an impact he has made on those around him.
Two women, one in Los Angles and one in England, frustrated with their lives decide to switch houses for the Christmas holiday. What happens next will bring a smile to your face (especially after dreamy Jude Law appears on-screen).
Christmas movies really are the best, and there are so many more I could have mentioned (like The Nightmare Before Christmas and A Christmas Story). It’s hard to list them all. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m sure I’ll discover a few more on Hallmark, Lifetime, ABC Family, and even Netflix (who has several amazing Christmas films to watch, including the ones with links).
In fact, I want you to give you another reason to enjoy Christmas…the gift of Netflix. With Netflix, you can watch some great Christmas films but other great movies and TV shows, such as Orange is the New Black and, my personal favorite, Jessica Jones. So, enter below and I’ll announce the winner on December 15. Good luck!
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.