Without a multitude of holiday activities; such as lighting ceremonies, christmas caroling, and cookie baking, we'd all still be wondering how do I really get in the Christmas swing of things? Well, I thought I'd share my top 6 (yes top 6) Christmas movies with you. Nothing beats curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a fire while watching a Christmas movie just a few days before the big date arrives.
#6 | Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (The 1964 version)
Between Rudolph's adorable voice, the creepiest abominable snow man ever, and Fox Family showing it every Christmas season on repeat - Rudolph is a staple Christmas film for me. Yes, the elf does sort of piss me off the whole movie, but I think Rudolph and his cute little reindeer girlfriend make up for it. Not to mention it's not too long, so you can get your little dose of Christmas spirit, and probably even multi-task by making some cut out snowflakes because who doesn't already know the story of Rudolph? Probably Jehovas Witnesses...
#5 | Babes in Toyland
Okay, so the only reason Babes in Toyland is #5 on my list and not #6, or #10 for that matter is because of the all star cast that's in this movie. It is a remake, and if I were to watch it now I'd probably think it was hilarious, but for some reason growing up we had this movie on VHS and my Mom had me watch it every Christmas. The evil villain is Richard Mulligan, who was also the doctor on the Golden Girls - other than that I don't know anything else memorable he's been in.. oh and he's a bird man. Last, but definitely not least - even better than Keanu and Drew Barrymore - is the great role of the Toymaster played by Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid! Needless to say Babes in Toyland is a must watch, at least once.
#4 | A Muppet's Christmas Carol
I'm not a serial Muppet lover. I mean I've watched the occasional Muppets Show and Muppet Treasure Island, but A Muppet's Christmas Carol is probably the only Muppet movie I'd watch more than once. For some reason thought the Ghost of Christmas Present scares me more than the Ghost of Christmas Future... maybe because giant fat Muppet always give me the feeling that they're going to try and eat me. Other than that same story, but with Muppets and Muppet flair. the end.
#3 | Love Actually
I don't think I have to convince the majority of the population that Love Actually is a great movie, Christmas or not. The combination of a short story movie, and then intertwining all the characters towards the end, we get the sense that we're watching a real movie, with Christmas as a sub-genre, or afterthought. Watch it, it'll probably make you smile.
#2 | Elf
I love Elf, and I would make Elf my number one Christmas movie - although, it is a well deserving #2. I won't hide it, I love you Will Ferrell - every time he says that Santa smells like cheese and beer i still think it's hilarious. I also love the fact that there is a Narwhal randomly placed in the beginning of the film. And who can forget an indie girls obligatory love for Zoe Deschanel. Their duet on Baby It's Cold Outside is pretty adorable.
#1 | It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life is my number one Christmas movie. It beats out an amazing hilarious film like elf because it is a classic with something for everyone. Jimmy Stewart plalys the devoted, loving guy any girl would want, and then the audience gets to watch him flail with despair as he gives all he has to help the town he grew up in and his father's savings and loan. "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary." This movie embodies the real spirit of the Holidays.
Holiday Icon | Donna Reed aka Mary Bailey
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