There are certain movies that go a long way to adding to the holiday spirit. Our family of four nuzzles onto a 3-person sofa with some fresh popcorn and hot cider. The lights go out, and it’s time for a story told with moving pictures. Personally, I’ll take a home movie over a crowded theater any day of the week. I have a growing appreciation for the bathroom break. Here are some of our family’s holiday favorites — Add your favorite to the comments section:
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)*
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
6. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1987)
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
8. Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2005)
9. The Polar Express (2004)
10. Holiday Inn (1942)
11. Add yours in the comments section . . .
*Our daughters prefer the 1994 version with Richard Attenborough as Santa, but we like Natalie Wood as the little girl in the original film.
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Favourite Xmas movie is ‘Flight of the Reindeer’, if you love Christmas and love those sort of movies, this is a real treat. Lecturer down on his luck and fighting for tenure is gifted an old leather bound book that shows the intricacies of how reindeer really can fly. He becomes obsessed with proving this, and ends up leaving his family as he heads off to the North Pole to find them …. Wonderful, fun, thoughtful and heartwarming winter film!
I thought of another one; the Bishop’s Wife.
A 1947 comedy starring Cary Grant who arrives as an angel to change the priorities of the cathedral raising bishop played by David Niven; and comfort his neglected wife.
Magical transformations occur in the characters’ lives as a result. Delightful.
2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as a man who has been raised as an elf working for Santa. When he finds out he’s not an elf he leaves for Manhattan where he has no skills for living in a city with humans and has some very funny adventures with a couple of heartwarming endings. Good family film.
“The Christmas Story” is a family favorite and I also love Scrooged with Bill Murray and Carole Kane as one of the ghosts.
“A Christmas Carol” (also titled “Scrooge”) starring Alastair Sim
1951 – Black and White
The benchmark by which all other film versions of this story should be measured! 🙂
I agree, Paul. The Muppet version is wonderful to watch if you have young children. It’s true to the story line, but adds puppets and music. But the original version is surely the classic.