When I was a kid, I used to love the special movie marathons that started to run at the beginning of December. The best Christmas moves were, and they remain, one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. I think I love them so much because I vividly remember sitting on the couch with my family, sharing a blanket with my mom (or my sister, or whoever sat beside me at the time), eating some of my mom’s delicious Christmas candies, and watching these seasonal movies. It was always a time of family and togetherness, and those are the times that I cherish the most now that I’m an adult.
Now that Cole and I have our house clean and decorated for the holidays, I feel like I’m finally getting into the Christmas spirit. After a long day of stringing lights and moving around boxes of decorations, I cooked a delicious chicken alfredo soup (I’ll have to share the recipe sometime!) and Cole and I cuddled up on the couch to relax. Normally, this is the time of day that we start playing a video game or watching a TV show, but today I was in the mood for something different. We decided to watch a movie, and in trying to decide what to watch, we ended up reminiscing about some of our favorite Christmas movies. In no particular order, here are our picks for the five best Christmas movies of all time!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an absolute gem. We all know the story – Rudolph is bullied for his red nose, then goes on to save the day by lighting the way for Santa Claus! To me, this is a story about an outcast kid realizing that he can actually make a difference, and that’s such a beautiful message! Aside from the story, which is great for many reasons, the animation style just makes me really happy. Can you imagine how many hours went into shaping and moving these little clay creations bit by bit to make it look like they are actually moving? I absolutely love seeing these old animation styles and thinking about how amazing they are as an art form.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Another claymation masterpiece that we love is Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Even as a kid, this movie enthralled me, taking this jolly old man that we know and love and turning him into a relatable person with an intriguing back story. Who’d have thought that Santa Claus was really an orphaned child left on the doorstep of some toy makers, only to grow up and want to dedicate his life to making toys and delivering them to the children in a nearby town? Seriously, this movie had everything: catchy musical numbers, intense plot twists, a sprinkle of romance, and a cute little penguin sidekick. Besides, who doesn’t love a movie about a nice guy who just wants to bring a little extra happiness to the world?
Another story about a misfit, this movie follows a man who was raised as an elf, only to travel away from the North Pole to try to find his true identity. It turns out that this guy’s dad is an awful jerk, and the rest of the movie is all about finding the Christmas spirit and learning to love each other. If that’s not a good Christmas movie, then I don’t know what is! I think one of my favorite things about Elf is that it forces even adults to look at the world through the eyes of a child and see the pureness and innocence in Christmastime. Definitely one of our favorites every year!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
We can’t get through Christmas without seeing this at least once. Everything about How the Grinch Stole Christmas is pure gold. We love the cartoon version; we love the live action version. We love this movie! I think we’re all pretty familiar with this story, right? The Grinch is a hermit who was bullied as a child, and his heart was all shriveled up and cold since he didn’t have a lot of experience with people being nice to him. He decided to ruin Christmas for everyone, only to find that stealing all the presents from Whoville didn’t deter their Christmas spirit. In fact, it helped the Grinch find his! I love that the moral of this story is that Christmas isn’t about presents or material items, but about togetherness and love.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
This is another Christmas story that has multiple versions, but we’d have to say that our favorite is the Disney version with a cast of our favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse. The message here is really similar to that in How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Scrooge is a greedy old man with absolutely no Christmas spirit (“Bah, humbug!”) who is visited by three ghosts of Christmas, who urge him to change his ways before it’s too late. By the end of the movie, Scrooge is repentant and determined to be more kind and generous. This movie has another great message about the fact that what you have isn’t important – it’s who you have in your life to love that matters!
Do you enjoy these Christmas movies? Do you have other favorites that aren’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below!