My Favorite Christmas Movies

Okay, so we’ve been back from Jamaica since Saturday at 2 AM and I swear I’m writing something up about our trip but there’s a lot to say and it’s snowy and I’m watching my all-time favorite Christmas movie and I’m feeling the sudden urge to write about all my other favorites, so Jamaica will have to wait.

My Favorite Christmas Movies

1. Love, Actually

1219-loveactually-inset-2If you haven’t seen or don’t like this movie, you really need to ask yourself “what is my life even about?!”

One time, years and years ago, when I was immature and dramatic, Joey and I bought this movie and I went ballistic when he told me he had watched it without me. Except, I think if that happened now, I would still probably throw a fit. Maybe I’m still immature and dramatic.

2. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas


How great is Jim Carrey in this movie?!

My family took a trip to California one year and did a tour of Universal Studios and they happened to be filming this movie so we got to see the Whoville set. I just remember seeing big whimsical snowy mountains. And that’s the thing about this movie, it captures the whimsy of a Dr. Suess book so perfectly. Plus it’s funny and touching at the same time. Win-win!

3. The Holiday


I recently watched this one after realizing I hadn’t seen it in a couple years, gasp! Jude Law is gorgeous, Jack Black is endearing, Kate Winslet is perfect as usual and Cameron Diaz is…annoying. Or maybe I’m just jealous because Jude Law is in love with her and her hair always looks perfect. Either way, I LOVE this movie.

After watching it, Joey exclaimed that he wants to have a little English daughter like Jude Law. Which worries me because I am very very American.

4. A Muppet Christmas Carol


Again, call me immature (see #1), but I’ve always loved this movie. Unfortunately for me, my family only owns it on VHS and apparently it’s socially unacceptable to watch (and sing along to) a movie starring a cast of puppets at the age of 23, so it’s been much too long since I’ve actually watched this one.

5. The Santa Clause


Another movie I’ve loved since I was little. Tim Allen is so great in this one. I may have watched it a few weeks ago and then quoted line after line after line to my sister so we could giggle like small children. That basically sums up our relationship.

6. Scrooged


FAVORITE and currently watching. I think this is a lesser-known and hugely overlooked Christmas movie, but seriously, it’s the best. I watch it every year and laugh at all the same lines, like I’ve never heard them before. Bill Murray is the king of all Scrooge characters.

Now, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll go enjoy the rest if my movie.

P.S. Please don’t hate me for not having Home Alone or Christmas Vacation on the list.

What are your favorite Christmas/holiday movies?

Which Christmas/holiday movies seem to be everyone’s favorite, except yours?

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Christmas Movies

  1. What is my life even about? I don’t think I’ve ever seen Love, Actually, and if I have, it was only once and so long ago that I can’t even remember it. Everyone seems to rave about it, though, so I guess that means I should probably go and pick it up? I’ve been watching Elf and The Holiday pretty much non stop… Those are definitely on my list of top Christmas movies…

    • I can vouch that Love, Actually really is as great as everyone says. I meant to watch Elf this year but in running short on time. Maybe this weekend while I do some present wrapping??

  2. What is my life even about? Now that I’ve got that out of the way as I haven’t seen Number 1…

    I have to admit that I am a member of the “A Christmas Story” cult. To the point that I’ve flirted with buying one of the “lamps” and making a pilgrimage to the house used for the movie in Ohio. I love Jean Shepherd and have a few other movies based on his works, but “A Christmas Story” is the most classic.

    Additionally, I’ve really come to love “Polar Express.” So much so, that it might be taking the number 1 spot from “A Christmas Story.” Originally, I was just a fan because the locomotive used in it was based on the Pere Marquette 1225, one of my favorite steam locomotives. You know the nerdy kid in the movie that starts spewing stats about the locomotive? Yeah…that’s me. With time, though, I’ve learned to love the movie on its own merits, though. It tells a great story and is one of my favorites to throw in the DVD player on a cold, snowy night and bury myself under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa.

    • Joey had never seen A Christmas Story and I vowed to make him watch it this year, yet somehow it hasn’t happened. I’ve only seen the Polar Express once but I adored that book as a kid.

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