Christmas Movies!


In celebration of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I’d like to present to you…

The Five Christmas Movies That Have Been on Repeat in My House Since November 11

(because, for me, November 1st is a tad too early, but Thanksgiving is too long to wait; Veterans Day is when my Christmas season begins!)

There are many more Christmas movies than these five that I adore – Elf, Home Alone, White Christmas, etc., but these are the ones that always seem to be playing in my house, day in and day out…

Christmas Vacation


“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” am I right?  Several members of my family cannot stand this movie because it is so stupid, but I and a few others cannot get enough of it.  My best friend and I will quote this movie to each other in the dead of summer.  During November/December…maybe even into January…I will pop this movie in just to have it on in the background.  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen it.

Everyone wants the perfect Christmas, but when you try to plan the perfect Christmas with imperfect humans, it can go hilariously wrong.

A Christmas Story


My mom hates this movie. She hates it.  She says there’s too much high-pitched screaming in this movie for her to handle and, quite frankly, she’s not wrong.  There is a lot of high-pitched screaming and whining in this movie.  This is another movie that I will pop in and then just let play.  Admittedly, in recent years, it’s been too much of a good thing, because I’ve seen it So. Many. Times.  Yet, I keep coming back to it.  Everyone loves a 1940’s Christmas…

Charlie Brown Christmas / It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown


You really can’t go wrong with the Peanuts gang.  This is what I always turn on to wrap Christmas presents.  It was the only Christmas movie I owned when I first started giving presents myself back in elementary school, and now I can’t wrap presents without it being on.  It has a Christmas Vacation feel to it because even though Charlie Brown and Clark Griswold approach Christmas very differently, everything turns out all right in the end for both of them.

The Santa Clause


Probably the most quotable Christmas movie.  From “Everyone likes Denny’s. It’s an American institution!” to “Because Santa is watching his saturated fats!”

This movie came out when I was in elementary school and when I was in college, it was the only Christmas movie my roommate and I would watch.  It would always be playing in one of our laptops, and we would just have it on in the background, quoting the one-liners together when they came on.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas


I’ll admit, this one is a little unconventional, and Disney/Christmas purists may scoff but I don’t care.

This compilation of three vignettes is based on three separate short stories, and Disney gives its own spin on each of them.  Nothing is more comforting to my soul than classic Disney characters, and there is a sweet message to each of the stories.

Honorable Mention: It’s A Wonderful Life.  We watch it every Christmas Eve, and you can read more about my thoughts on it here.

Each of these Christmas movies (and many others) strives to answer the question, “What is Christmas All About?” and every movie seems to provide the same answer, “Christmas is what you make it.”  Whether it’s being with family or friends, keeping traditions or trying new things, Christmas belongs to each of us individually and all of us together.  We make it what we want, and we build it together.  As long as we always remember to…

Keep the change, ya filthy animal.

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