It’s time for a post about Christmas movies. Scrooges out there, I am fully aware that it’s not December yet. But I waited until Thanksgiving is officially over, and I think
I’ve been patient enough. Bring on the Bing Crosby, gingerbread cookies, and pretending the heater vent is a crackling fire.
Here’s my list of the top twelve Christmas movies, not necessarily in order or ranked, that are the most festive without being annoying or overdone. (Cue “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”)
1. Christmas Vacation (1989)
A Christmas classic. The season wouldn’t be the same without Audrey’s frozen eyes, Clark’s lights fiasco, and of course cousin Eddie. Not to mention the fact that Elaine from Seinfeld even makes a debut as a stuck up neighbor.
p.s. it’s crazy how old Chevy Chase looks now. Anyone else watch Community?
2. Love Actually (2003)
Nothing says Christmas like British accents and a movie where the quiet boy gets the girl. The wanna-be American versions that keep coming out, like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, will never have the same charm.
3. Elf (2003)
A classic comedy from Will Ferrell’s good days. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” And who doesn’t love Zooey Deschanel.
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (original)
The original cartoon version of course. No offense to Jim Carrey, but he’s just not scary enough. Also, Cindy Lou Who, aka Taylor Momsen, not the best role model anymore with those raccoon eyes! Maybe the kids of the 2000s will think otherwise, but the kids of the 90s won’t turn our backs on the original 1966 Dr. Seuss Grinch.
5. The Holiday (2006)
I know there’s a lot of Cameron Diaz haters out there, but this is one of those movies where her unchanging pretty-successful-flustered character no matter what movie is perfect. Also, who can turn down Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law? I watch this movie and dream of a cozy cottage in England while Drew dreams of the nice house in LA. It’s only been 5 years since this came out and already this rental store scene dates it:
6. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This is one of those movies that can still be watched year round (and should be) but still has enough Christmas to make it festive. It revolves around her progress each year after her resolutions and of course her parent’s Christmas party. Bridget’s sad existence is hilarious, and her self-pitying activities are pretty relatable. And, two words: Colin Firth.
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Pretty much any Harry Potter movie will do, but I chose this one because of the Yule Ball and of course the Weird Sisters rock out scene. This time, it’s three unforgettable words: “Happy Christmas, Harry.” I would upload a clip but all of them have been deleted for copyright infringement, and all that’s left are super cheesy/hilarious fan vids.
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
A classic Leo movie, especially if you are craving some Leo after watching Kate in The Holiday, and are holding out from watching the Titanic until it comes out in theaters again in April like me. This one makes the Christmas list because of the annual phone call Frank makes to Carl. I also love this movie because of how lonely you feel just like Frank and Carl who spend their lives at work or running away, which emphasizes the importance of family and friends during Christmastime.
9. The Muppet Christmas Carol (original)
Although I wouldn’t mind watching the new one in theaters this year, nothing beats the Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992. Maybe this is just another 90s kid thing, but the Christmas spirit brings me back to my childhood. And it should bring you back to yours too, even if it wasn’t the best childhood. Who doesn’t want to feel the mysticism, wonder, and unquestioning joy that revolved around Santa and the Christmas spirit like you did when you were a kid?
Side note: The Muppet Christmas Carol isn’t on Netflix, even though if you google it, it shows up under the Netflix link, but it’s nowhere to be found when you actually go to the website. Yet another Netflix letdown.
10. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
I’m sure many of you have a different favorite Disney movie for the holidays. But for some reason, one of my favorites growing up was the Lady and the Tramp. Nothing says Christmas like a puppy in a box with ribbon! Those Siamese cats are pretty scary, but I will always love Lady and the Tramp.
11. Die Hard (1988)
This one’s for Brian Jarchow. I watched this for the first time a couple weeks ago. Granted, it’s not the most Christmasy movie around. Apparently he watches it before bed EVERY Christmas Eve. This one is for the guys out there who need an action movie that just happens to revolve around Christmastime to break up the succession of romcom, cartoon, and comedy Christmas movies.
12. Seinfeld “Festivus for the Rest of Us” episode
I decided to include an iconic Christmas TV episode on here. Nothing else on TV comes close to the hilarity of Seinfeld’s Festivus episode. Time to air your grievances and make this a holiday season to remember.
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