Hello lovlies! If any of you are doing Blogmas, I’m sure by now it’s becoming a struggle to think of something to post everyday. I know it’s definitely like that for me right now! I love staying so current with all my posts but dang, this is getting a bit difficult. Luckily, I had my last critique for finals week last night, so your girl is free for the holidays! While thinking of an idea to post for today, I can’t believe I hadn’t made a list of my favorite Christmas movies yet!! It’s one of the biggest parts of my holidays at home, and I can’t believe I almost forgot about them! Back at home, we have a huge bucket full of holiday movies that we absolutely have to watch every year. I never get tired of them, so if you haven’t seen any from this (long) list, definitely try to check them out for yourself!
Olive, the Other Reindeer
“Every day’s special, I’m not complaining but I’m always counting the days still remaining till Christmas!” Let’s start with a movie that has been one of my favorites for years! A lot of movies on this list are cartoons, and I’m not sorry about it! I actually love the way this animation was created, it’s so unique and almost flat. Olive is a little dog who has never been amused by normal doggo activities like chasing cars or digging up flowers. She hears a broadcast on the radio announcing Santa needs her to help pull his sleigh! With her flea friend Fido and a penguin named Martini, she makes her way to the North Pole all while avoiding an evil postman who wants to ruin Christmas. It’s such an innocent little story and an instant Christmas classic. Drew Barrymore is the voice of Olive, and she really did a great job!
A Christmas Story
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” I’m always surprised by the number of people who have never seen A Christmas Story! I’ve been watching this movie since I was little and you better believe my kids will be watching it too. Ralphie is a little boy who only wants a BB Gun for Christmas. This is a story about his life with his parents and annoying little brother and his attempts at trying to get the ultimately Christmas present. Loaded with 40’s decor and hideous illuminated leg lamps, you can’t miss out on A Christmas Story this holiday season!
“Kevin!!!” Macaulay Culkin is adorable in this holiday movie. There are a few of these Home Alone movies, but the first version is my favorite! Kevin is one of the youngest members of a very large family. They all decide to travel on a family vacation for Christmas but unfortunately (or fortunately) for Kevin, he gets left behind in all the chaos of a large family. Kevin eats junk food, watches movies, jumps on the bed, and ya know, casually one ups some burglars trying to steal valuables in his home all while his family is trying to get back to him. This movie is seriously hilarious and my favorite version of Macaulay Culkin, lol.
The Polar Express
Can you hear the bell ringing? If you can, you definitely have the spirit of Christmas in your heart! How cheesy, but so cute! The Polar Express is another Christmas film that has very interesting animation (some may find it a little creepy, but I think its very unique!) Hop aboard the Polar Express and ride along an insane train track all the way up to the North Pole. Hot chocolate and choreographed chefs included, you’ll also meet a ghost at the top of this train. You’ll get a great glimpse of Santa and the flying reindeer once you make it to the North Pole, so don’t miss out on this Christmas classic! The soundtrack is amazing in this movie, which you can read more about in my Christmas music post on Blogmas Day 2!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch!” Who can forget this little green Christmas monster? I love the old vibe of this movie and how it’s based off of a Dr. Seuss book. Little Cindy Lou Who is an unforgettable character who helps soften the heart of the Grinch. Even though he is out to destroy the holiday and ransacks Whoville, Christmas continues on schedule full of love and happiness. Even the Grinch changes his mind and restores the presents and decorations to the Who’s.
Jingle All the Way
This movie isn’t as much of a classic as the others, but still a movie I like to try and watch every year! Arnold Schwarzenegger is adorable with the little boy who plays his son in this movie. He forgets to buy the one gift his son truly wants for Christmas, so this movie is about his search for that present. Schwarzenegger eventually becomes the father his son needs and has a very successful ending! I still can’t pronounce his name properly by the way!
The Santa Clause
Santa Clause, Scott Calvin? What’s the difference?? What would you do if Santa fell off your roof and your dad immediately became the new Kris Kringle? Charlie and the new Santa head off to the North Pole and most of the movie consists of him trying to convince his father that he is in fact Santa Clause. Eventually Scott comes to his senses and he transforms completely into jolly old St. Nick. This adventurous movie is complete with young and wise elves and a daring attempt to save Santa and ultimately, Christmas! There are also a Santa Clause 2 and 3, which are almost as good as the original, so definitely check those out if you love the first film!
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
This adorable little cartoon from Peanuts is simply unforgettable. The main character Rerun, desperately wants a doggo for Christmas. This is his attempt to find the perfect dog for him, with help from characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock. This is a short little movie, but great for kids and filled with nostalgia for adults!
Original Christmas Classics Set
Who can forget some of the original Claymation Christmas movies?? Definitely not me! I love Claymations and all the creativity that comes with them. I can’t imagine how long it takes to make a movie like that and the artistic minds that make them. I would personally love to work on a movie set like that! The original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is in this holiday set as well as Frosty the Snowman and the original story of Santa Clause. I love looking back and watching these old films, it’s just so cozy!
“SANTAAAA, OH MY GOD!!!” Yes, yes I know, so incredibly predictable, Sage! But how could I not include Elf in this list?? Honestly it’s referenced so much in pop culture during this time that it’s getting a bit old. But there are still scenes from this move I have to rewatch every year, so I usually end up watching the whole thing with friends or my family. Honestly, part of me really wants to recreate the breakfast spaghetti plate from this movie, let me know if that would be something you’d want to see in a post. I think it’d be hilarious both to make and to try!
So that completes my Christmas movie list! Did I include any of your favorites or are there some you recommend? Let me know down in the comments! My favorite part about this list is how they’re all on DVD. I don’t think people use them (and definitely not VHS’s) very often anymore, so there’s something special about them all being on DVD. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys tomorrow!
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