I love Christmas. I love the carols, I love the lights, I (really) love the food, and I love the Christmas movies. Let me be clear, I’m not talking the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies where ‘Martha’, a disenchanted city business woman goes to her quaint hometown and falls in love with the local lumberjack after they squabble over the meaning of Christmas, and he wins her over with a snow globe. I’m talking about the classics. Today, in celebration of the upcoming holidays, I wanted to share my list top 10 Christmas movies that I watch every year, without fail.
10. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
This one is on the list because I’m a huge Jamie Lee Curtis fan. She never fails to make me laugh.
9. Elf (2003)
Nothing battles holiday blues like Buddy. If I’m in need for a little extra Christmas cheer, Elf is my go-to.
8. Home Alone (1990)
Nothing says Christmas like watching an eight year old kid duke it out against three home invaders. “Merry Christmas you filthy animal!”
7. The Family Stone (2005)
This ensemble cast is spectacular, and the family drama is equal parts hilarious and mortifying.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The aesthetic and music of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas makes this one a classic.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Snoopy. Does anything more need to be said?
4. Love Actually (2003)
Another ensemble cast that just can’t be beat. Love Actually is the best romantic Christmas movie of all time. I will fight anyone who disagrees.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Grinch is a classic for a reason, and my husband and I adore the live action film thanks to Jim Carey’s salty performance. We quote this movie year-round.
2. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
It’s no surprise that A Christmas Carol made this list, but of all the remakes and versions that have been made over the years, the Muppet’s takes the spot as my favorite.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
And now for my #1 Christmas movie of all time: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I can’t go a single Christmas without watching this masterpiece. You just can’t beat the Clark Griswold Family Christmas disaster that ends with an epic squirrel chase, a kidnapping, and a SWAT raid.