Ok, it’s a bit early, but the holidays will be rather busy for us, so I thought I’d post on this now.
Of all things I enjoy about the Christmas season, one of my favorite parts is the movies that you don’t see any other time of the year. Here are five of my favorite Christmas movies, in no particular order.
Okay, so it’s not really a “Christmas” movie, but the story takes place during Christmas, so that’s good enough for me! This was one of my favorite movies as a kid and though I haven’t seen it in years, it remains a classic. Cute little fuzzballs turned nightmarish imps–all because they ate after midnight! Good stuff.
So, the story is not entirely believable, but this movie was great fun anyway! Not only did it rake in the bucks at the box office, but it became an enduring favorite for holiday season. Watching one boy fend off “wet bandits” Harry and Marv with a series of booby traps was endless laughter. As Nick rightly noted, the spider-on-face scene is the most memorable in the movie and one of the funniest movie moments ever. Watch it here.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Where the Griswolds go, mishaps are sure to ensue. So it went with the first two installments of the series Vacation and European Vacation, and so it goes with Christmas Vacation. If you’ve seen the first and/or second movies, then you know that Clark will endure all manner of pitfalls and shortcomings to ensure that his family have the best and “brightest” Christmas of all. My only gripe with this film is that whoever cast the roles of Rusty and Audrey was way off. Even though the same actors did not portray them in the first and second films, there was at least enough similarity that the disconnect was minimal. Not so with Christmas Vacation–they didn’t look anything like the others. However, that little blunder aside, this movie was clumsy and big-mouthed Clark W. Griswold in all his glory!
Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is definitely a classic Christmas tale. The ever soured Grinch hates Christmas and does everything he knows to stop it from coming. But when he realizes that the Whos’ celebration of Christmas isn’t centered around gifts and getting, but around family and friendship, he experiences a change of heart and even joins the once-loathed Whos for a Christmas feast. My kids love this short animated classic, just as I did growing up. Is there a more catchy tune than “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch“? Though the Jim Carrey remake was good, I didn’t like it nearly as much as the original.
A Christmas Story
Well, was there any question or doubt that A Christmas Story would make the list? Though I said these were ranked in no particular order, this is the exception: this is the best Christmas movie ever!!! Where does one begin when trying to narrow down the most memorable scene in the movie when most every scene is unforgettable in some way. A hose-clad leg lamp, an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle, a tongue frozen to a light pole, the infamous “fudge” utterance, or Scut’s beat-down at the hands of Ralph–all moments that are stuck indelibly in my mind! This is one that we deemed worthy to own on DVD, an honor not granted to most movies in this house. Every Christmas eve, I/we sit and watch at least once (maybe twice) through the movie when TNT does its 24 Hours of A Christmas Story marathon. A classic for the ages!
So, what are your favorites?
I tag Matt, Nick, Bitsy, and Jeff.
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