Every holiday season families gather together to watch Christmas TV Specials and movies. This year will be no exception to that tradition and perhaps because of the present economic times we live in “rent-a-movie” entertainment will be enjoyed by more people than usual.
I remember as a child going to see a Disney Movie each Thanksgiving with my cousins and our fathers after our big family dinner.
Later in my life after Christmas Dinner and presents we all went out to a movie as a family and finished the day with hot chocolate beside a warm Yule time fire. Those were the days of kinder times and less stress, for sure!
Enough nostalgic ramblings, here are my picks for the Top Christmas Movies you should watch each year.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The movie is based on the short story “The Greatest Gift”, written by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is a classic tale first released 1946 and directed by the famous Frank Capra. This is a must see flick starring Jimmie Stewart. The movie may seem ancient to some young ones but the script of the movie is based on the world after the end of WW II is very timely in our present economic state of the world.
Miracle on 34th Street
This movie is a classic film some may see as antiquated, but do we all not yearn for the innocence it holds forth from an age now past. Cuddle the family together and watch this movie it reflects an era of society where people knew what “a good thing” was.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
This animated movie is good for children of all ages!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is an animated flick based on a book of the same name, written by Dr. Seuss.
Another movie based on this book by Dr. Seuss, came out in the year 2002, which stars Jim Carrey. There are lots of laughs and fun in this movie.
Home Alone, directed by Chris Columbus, is a Christmas comedy film that stars Macaulay Culkin. It was released in the 1990 and the story revolves around an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind by his family members, when they leave for France for a Christmas vacation. There are now sequels out to the original, but none are better than the first!
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol was originally a short play written by Charles Dickens. It was published for the first time on 19th December 1843 and has become one of the most popular Christmas stories of all times, it has since been adapted to theatre, opera, film, radio, and television. The best movie rendition maybe “Scrooge”. Go rent several versions and decide for yourself.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This is the movie about holiday time that will make you laugh out loud. Here is SNL’s Chevy Chase at his best in a slapstick holiday humor script. Released in 1989, it is a period piece, which still holds a place as a Christmas classic.
What can I say about this film that has not been said? This is for the older kids in your family (who understand about Santa). Billy Bob Thornton and John Ritter star in this funny must see flick.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
If you are a Charles Shultz fan then this is the movie for you and yours. If you are depressed watch this film and find out how Charlie pulls himself out of the blues. The movie is full of non-traditinal music and whimsical truisms.