My Top Ten Christmas Movies


As soon as Halloween is over, my husband and I start watching all our Christmas movies.  Here are our favorites and I put them in reverse order because that is the way we watch them, leaving the best for last!

Just glancing at my list, you’ll notice these are all more recent Christmas movies and there are not any classics on it.  Since I’m not a huge old movie fan, I chose to try to leave them out even though there are a few I have watched and like.

10. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I love seeing Whooville come to life in this movie– it’s so wacky and quirky.  I know most people will disagree with me picking a movie because of scenery and wardrobes, but hey, it’s my list and I’ll pick what I want.  Plus, Jeff and I are Jim Carey fans and he does an amazing job transforming himself into the greedy Grinch.

9.  Christmas Vacation

A definite classic that most likely makes everyone’s list.  My husband would definitely rank this movie higher on his list, but I had to knock it down because I am annoyed by the character Eddie.  However, I can’t deny the fact that it is full of hilarious scenes that we’ve all experienced ourselves at some time…just not on such an extreme level.

8.  Elf

This movie is full of great lines that I can’t help but crack up at even though we’ve watched it a million times!  I only wish they had shown Will Farrell walking through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest and past the sea of twirly, swirly gumdrops.  I can just imagine it all in my head!

7.  The Polar Express

A great movie for kids and adults to enjoy together.  My favorite part is the hot chocolate scene on the train–so fun and makes me all warm inside.  Jeff loved reading this book as a child so that makes it even more special to our family.

6. Prep & Landing

This movie was just released on DVD on November 22, but we recorded it when it first played on TV.  A great short movie about elves who prepare the houses for Santa by warming up his milk, making sure the toys will fit under the tree, etc.

5.  The Nativity Story

A great portrayal of the true Christmas story.  It really brings Christ’s story to life so that I can imagine what it might have been like.  An amazing story of how the Son of God was born safely despite all the danger surrounding him.  Remarkably, it holds pretty true to the Bible too.

4.  Love Actually

I don’t know what it is about this movie, but I love it, even though there are inappropriate parts in it we fast forward through.  I love how it shows all the different aspects and types of love shown in this movie, even if they are depressing or hurtful.  No matter how many times I watch it, I laugh and cry throughout it.  By the end of the movie, I’m always very thankful for Jeff and I’s love story.

3.  The Holiday

I’m a sucker for romance and I love Christmas time so when you combine the two, it’s sure to make my list.  I am not a fan of Cameron Diaz at all, but I have to say, I don’t mind her at all in this movie.  I love the charm in this movie and absolutely love the two little girls.  Love the idea of Mr. Napkin Head and our kids will get to grow up with Jeff doing his version of Mr. Napkin Head.

2. The Family Man

A great movie about what’s really important in life– family.  There are so many good quotes in this movie that Jeff and I throw around at each other.  The best part are the outtakes… they’re still funny after all these years of watching it!

1. Home Alone

I have found memories of watching this with my Grandpa Douglas in theaters.  I was pretty young, but I remember him laughing hysterically through it all and it’s a great memory I cherish of him.  If you know my husband at all, it’s no surprise he loves this movie and wishes he could do all the cool pranks.  Anyway, we always watch this movie on our Christmas Eve and can’t wait for our kids to be old enough to share in the tradition with us.

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What Christmas movie did I leave off my list that you love?  Which of my picks do you agree/disagree with?

3 comments to My Top Ten Christmas Movies

  • Caroline

    I would add the newer version of Miracle on 34th Street to the list, as this is one of my all-time faves. As I think I’ve told you before, I would ditch the Love Actually movie. I thought it was incredibly dumb! 🙂 Just thought I’d share. I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you soon!

    • Brady

      I haven’t seen the newer version so I’ll have to check it out, and yes, I’m aware of your dislike of Love Actually! Thanks for sharing!

  • I like the old movies… White Christmas – it’s hokey I know, but I love it… the old Miracle on 34th St. with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood… A Charlie Brown Christmas… cartoon Grinch… the most recent computer animated A Christmas Carol (Jim Carey was the voice of Scrooge)… and A Christmas Story – I laugh every time even though I’ve seen it over and over… and I do like It’s a Wonderful Life – didn’t used to, but it grows on me as I get older. 🙂

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