It’s that time of year again. My house has so many lights that Clark himself would be jealous; everything smells of evergreen; and the my playlists normally dedicated to rock start to give way to a bit of holiday cheesiness. Everything about Christmas is wonderful, but without a doubt, one of the very best things about the holiday season is Christmas movies. Here are my top five that must be watched each December.
The 5 Best Christmas Films of All Time (according to me)
Number 5: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This one is near and dear to my heart, because I can totally relate to Clark on the light obsession. It’s never enough. Ever. Each year I just keep buying more and more lights. I’ve been eyeballing the house that went all out for Halloween each time I drive through the neighborhood. I told Matt, “Don’t think I won’t just keep running out to Home Depot every time they put more up.” I’m throwing down the gauntlet people. They WILL NOT outdo us!
Number 4: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
My favorite of the Christmas Classics. I love his little squeeky nose. I love Hermey. I love Yukon Cornelius. Hell, I even love the Abominable Snow Man. This one takes me right back to being a kiddo.
Number 3: A Christmas Story (1983)
You know why Ted Turner plays this thing for 24 hours straight? Because we’ll watch it for all 24 hours. I just turn on the TV and let it cycle over and over. Somehow I always see to walk in on the part where the dogs are stealing the turkey.
You really can’t pick one best scene from this festive gem. Don’t even try.
Number 2: Home Alone (1990)
Keep the change, ya filthy animal! This one ranks number one on my Mom’s list. She’s obsessed with this little prankster. I tend to cry at least every other showing because of the old man and his grand daughter. Old people and animals, they get me every time.
Another connection to this film, I’ve had far too many people to count say to me, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like the Mom from Home Alone?” Yes, yes they have. Maybe I should do a list of the 5 “hey you look like’s” I’ve gotten over the years. I always fail to see the connection.
Are you ready for #1?! What could it be? Surely it is something on everyone’s top 3, right? An obvious classic?
Number 1: Gremlins (1984)
Yeah, I see that your jaw just dropped and some of you are shaking your heads. But this is my #1 folks! Matt will argue for the rest of our lives that this isn’t a Christmas movie, but I say, hell yes it is!
Does it take place at Christmas? Yep.
Are Christmas and Christmas related accessories apparent throughout the movie? Uh-huh.
Is there Christmas music? Sure is.
This is also on my list of top 80s flicks. I’ve blogged about it before in 5 Things 80s Movies Taught Me About Life.
Christmas. Have a nice flight Mrs. Deagle.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)
What are your faves?
Stay positive & love your life!