My favorite Christmas movies

I was sick a few days before Christmas and it forced me to take some extra time off after a very busy November and December. Happy to be back blogging and looking forward to 2020, so let’s wrap up the holidays with a post about Christmas movies.

This isn’t necessarily a list of the best Christmas movies. There are other classics that are usually on an all-time best list that aren’t here. This is a list of my 10 favorites.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas — Perfect for Christmas or Halloween. So nearly flawless I had to put this at the top of the list.
  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol — There are many great adaptations of A Christmas Carol, and last year we watched pretty much all of them. I wish there was room to include a couple of the animated versions, like Richard Williams’ A Christmas Carol and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas — ”That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
  4. Klaus — Beautifully animated. Brand new, but now that I’ve seen it twice I know it will hold its own against the best. There’s a great interview with director Sergio Pablos on The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast.
  5. Elf — We probably rewatch this more than anything else. Can’t say enough good things about the variety of movies Jon Favreau has worked on (not to mention The Mandalorian).
  6. Meet Me in St. Louis — I’ll admit, I didn’t want to love this at first, years ago, but now that I’ve seen it dozens of times it’s a favorite, and I think the best of the older classics.
  7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — One of our traditions is to cut a tree down at the Elgin Christmas tree farm, and there’s a little of Clark Griswold in the endeavor.
  8. Die Hard — Definitely a Christmas movie.
  9. A Christmas Story — ”You’ll shoot your eye out.”
  10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Check out this YouTube video about some of the editing problems with the recent TV version.

If I could only watch these 10 movies every year I’d be happy. But there are others we enjoy that deserve honorable mentions: Edward Scissorhands, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, The Grinch (2018), Jingle All The Way, and Christmas with the Kranks. And a special shoutout for the soundtrack of The Polar Express.

Happy Holidays! ❄️

Manton Reece @manton
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