Now that Thanksgiving 2018 is
in the books, it is time to go total “Jingle Bell-orama.” I absolutely love
pretty much everything about the Christmas season. Even the crowds and traffic
don’t dampen my spirits.
I love the decorations in the stores and homes, and of course, I can never get enough of the Christmas music. I decorated early this year — don’t judge me, but I put away my turkey and fall decorations before turkey day and hauled out the sparkly and colorful Christmas decorations.
That being said, it is also the official season for watching our favorite Christmas movies. Most of our favorites we own on DVD, but some we resort to paying the fee to stream online. Are you a Christmas movie lover, but maybe don’t remember what movies are out there? Well, here is a list of some of our favorites, in no particular order.
Who doesn’t love Will Ferrell in “Elf?”
For you fans out there, can you believe this is the 15th year anniversary of “Elf?” As Buddy the Elf, Ferrell is hilarious. There is truly something for everyone in this movie, no matter your age. There are so many funny lines in this movie we quote all year long. If you haven’t seen it, you must.
“The Grinch,” with Jim Carrey is another Christmas classic. As a child, I absolutely loved the cartoon version with Boris Karloff narrating and looked forward to it every year. I remember being skeptical of the re-make. But it is awesome and we watch it every year since seeing it in the theater back in 2000.
As you might expect, we love all movies having to do with Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” I love the old, -- black and white versions, the George C. Scott version and the Henry Winkler one from 1979, called “An American Christmas Carol.” Perhaps our favorite is Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” from 1987. Murray is so funny and the entire greedy corporate angle is a must see for children and young adults.
As a child, I loved the black and white version of “Miracle on 34th Street.” It is hard to believe it came out in 1947. Guess what? The 1994 re-make with Elizabeth Perkins is just as good, if not better.
Of course our family still loves “The Santa Clause” movies with Tim Allen, and the “Home Alone” movies with Macaulay Culkin. “Fred Clause” with Vince Vaughn is a hoot. It gets funnier every time we see it. “Jingle All the Way” with Arnold Schwarzenegger is surprisingly cute —especially if you have young kids.
“A Christmas Story” is always fun to watch and it’s usually on all day on Christmas Day.
I still love the animated and Claymation movies from my childhood — “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” are all favorites.
You can’t love Christmas movies and not love “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with James Stewart and Donna Reed. When our children were quite young, we used to watch this on Christmas Eve as we finished wrapping gifts. Now we watch it several times during the Christmas season — I always cry happy tears at the end.
We love Christmas movies so much we watch movies that aren’t really Christmas movies but have a Christmas scene in them. “Sleepless in Seattle,” comes to mind.
Do you love Christmas movies as much as I do? Did I leave out one or two of your favorites? Please email me and let me know. I would love to add more movies to my list. Let the best time of the year begin!
One more thing. If this time of the year stresses you out, look for my column next week about tips for staying organized and getting through the season.