My Top Ten Christmas Movies
I absolutely, whole-heartedly LOVE this movie. The black and white, the over emotional acting, the true to life story line. Every time I watch it, my heart breaks for Jimmy Stewart. And my heart swells with joy when the entire town gathers in their home to sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing. It never fails, i'm choked up with happy tears and have a new lease on life at the end of this one. I reserve it specifically for Christmastime so it doesn't lose any magic!
2. The Santa Clause
This was the one my family watched together every year. I'm pretty sure I have it memorized by now. It has some beautiful themes of Child like faith that challenge our walks with Christ if we let them. An elf tells Scott, "Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing. Kids don't have to see this place to know it's real. They just know."
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Although it's a cartoon, based on a comic strip, there is so much good truth in this film! It points holes in the idea of contentment in material things and points to Christ for true joy. Plus, it's only thirty minutes long, so you don't have to commit to a whole lot of TV time here!
4. Love Actually
Ok, so it's not at all a movie about Christmas. It's about love, marriage, family and loss and is set at Christmas. There are failures and triumphs and an underlying message that Christmas is a time to be honest and express... love! There is some incredible acting from an all star cast. I especially love Colin Firth's story line of love across language and culture!
This is my favorite form of A Christmas Story, because it's not too cheesy and it helps place Ebeneezer Scrooge as a modern day miser. Plus, Bill Murray is hilarious, the ghosts take unexpected and ridiculous forms and the travels they take together just hit close to home. Out with consumerism, materialism and media, in with family and generosity and singing!
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
Are you noticing a theme here? Anti-consumerism movies are the best at this time. And this original animated Grinch flick shows that even without the gifts and pretty paper and snazzy toys, the Whos down in Whoville still had joy. Heart warming at any age!
With so many quote-able quotes, Elf is a must. Sometimes the body/food/inappropriate humor gets to me, but mostly this one about family values, second chances and staying true to your beliefs elicits lots of giggles! Plus, how cute is Zooey Deschanel in this one?
8. Home Alone
Classic. Forever the connection to many of the Christmas songs I hear. As a latch key kid, I totally based all of my hypothetical defense mechanisms against bad guys off of Macaulay Culkin's tactics!
9. I'll Be Home for Christmas
Jonathon Taylor Thomas in a silly, sentimental, sweet movie about being forced to return to his parents' home for the holidays. A good reminder to those of us who sometimes feel too grown-up to need Mom and Dad. This is a good one to have on in the background while crafting or working.
10. Jingle All the Way
Another quote worthy Christmas film. With Arnold and Sinbad. Need I say more?