There are some people in my house who have felt the need to limit some of my movie watching because, for some odd reason, they feel watching A Christmas Story in May is just not ok. So to keep the peace, I try to keep some movies to certain times of the year which makes me look forward to them that much more. Today I’m doing a top 10 round up of my favorite Holiday movies since they are free game come Thursday!
A Christmas Story – I adore this movie. I love the 40s feel and the innocence of the movie. And the dad reminds me of mine sans the Leg Lamp which would have made my father gag. I also love the department store scenes. I remember going to Woodward & Lothrop and Garfinkel’s as a child to marvel at the Christmas displas.
Miracle on 34th Street – the original, no remakes please. This is such a hard movie to catch on TV. I swear they play it on Thanksgiving when 99% of us are watching the actual Macy’s Day Parade. But this is just as much of a holiday season kick off as the parade itself and imagine being able to watch the parade from your apartment. Hello?
Deck the Halls – this is a recent addition for me but I adore how OCD Matthew Broderick’s character is when it comes to Christmas. I may, perhaps just a little, but of similar persuasion.
Love, Actually – sadly this is one I can’t watch with the kids because my daughter might faint seeing John Watson (aka Martin Freeman) as a porn star and Alan Rickman as a would-be cheating husband but I try to catch it at least once during the season.
A Christmas Carol – Patrick Stewart only, please. This one is my absolute favorite. I also like the Alastair Simms version, but Patrick Stewart is Scrooge doesn’t get much better. I couldn’t find it listed anyone two years ago and bought it from Amazon Prime so I can watch it whenever I want.
Polar Express – This is definitely more of a classroom watch but I enjoy it. The book is one of my all time favorite read alouds and I love how the film expanded the visit to the North Pole. I’m planning a whole Polar Express Day for my class the day before we get out for Christmas Vacation.
Holiday Inn – It doesn’t get much better than Holiday Inn for giving a person the Christmas Spirit. Give me some hot chocolate and some Bing Crosby, maybe throw in some knitting, and I’m all set.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a movie everyone in the house loves. We went out and chopped down our tree during our first year in Connecticut that was so huge it has become family lore as the “Griswold Tree.” This is the one movie we will all agree to watch without too much complaining. (I do have teenagers, after all.)
Christmas in Connecticut is such a fun movie. Can you tell my parents were older when I was born? I love these old movies.
It’s a Wonderful Life, believe it or not, is a recent addition. My mother never liked this movie so I never saw it growing up. Grey just couldn’t believe I’d never seen it so he sat down with me last year to watch it. I’m not quite sure why my mother doesn’t care for it, but we definitely enjoy watching it as a family.
So those are my Top 10 Holiday movies. Are there any you’d recommend?