Monday, December 14, 2015

There’s Something Magical About Christmas Movies

One of the best things about Christmas? This:



Of course, the acting in most of those movies is bad...and the plots have more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese.



But there's something about these movies that put you in the Christmas spirit.



For many of us, Christmas isn't Christmas without a real Christmas movie. For my generation and older, it takes the classics--the movies we grew up watching. Movies like this:



And this:



And this:



Okay, and maybe a little of this:



They can remake these classics, but there's nothing like the original for those who were there to see it. Many of us have added a few new favorites over the years, including movies like:




And:



And:



But there are so many great Christmas movies, it can be hard to pick just one. I suppose for me, because I've seen all of the above movies, the Hallmark Channel movies are the only new ones to watch. Plus, they have sweet love stories. Who can resist a good romance? (Men, don't answer that!)

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

62 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. However, I need only watch one Hallmark Channel movie, as the plots are all the same.
    One classic they tried to remake was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sorry, the Jim Carrey version was horrible. Give me the short cartoon original any day.

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    1. Yeah...I liked The Grinch when it first came out, but I feel it doesn't really hold up as a classic. The animated version is just better!

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  2. My all time favorite Christmas movie is 'It's A Wonderful Life' ... I enjoy the knock offs but nothing is as good as the original. There are some really great Christmas movies and shows out there... have a great holidays xox ♡

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    1. I agree...and I believe It's a Wonderful Life is one movie they've never tried to remake--at least not as a major feature film?

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  3. It is very hard to choose a favourite. Each one is fun in its own way. I like the serious ones for all the gooey feelings they bring on but I love to laugh, so the silly ones are great. The Santa Clause definitely ranks high on a fun movie to watch!

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    1. I never cared for that one...I think it's Tim Allen. I can't explain why I don't like Tim Allen or Matt Damon. I just don't! They didn't do anything wrong, so I don't get it!

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  4. Scrooged is my favorite through and through! We've already watched Christmas Vacation and part of Elf (I can't believe that movie was out in 2003!).

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    1. We have a Christmas Vacation Christmas village that I'm going to share here at some point. So many holiday things to post, so little time!

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  5. My absolute favorite is Christmas Vacation. I know almost every line of the movie. It is part of the Lee tradition each year to decorate the tree while watching the movie. I also love Elf.

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    1. Both great movies! You can't go wrong with a Christmas comedy.

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  6. I hate remakes. Lovingly touch up the old classics is fine. Use some imagination and come up with something fresh is also fine. But remakes ... *shudder* Particularly the ones which tinker with the original leaving something neither fish nor fowl at the end of it.
    For me, 'White Christmas' still has it.

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    1. I saw that one for the first time a few years ago and loved it!

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  7. I love the old classics. I've watched them many times.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Me, too...although they overdo it on Christmas Day with the back-to-back airings of A Christmas Story.

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  8. My favourites are the vintage Christmas documentaries, movies and TV episodes. :)

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    1. I don't think I've seen any Christmas documentaries.

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  9. I guess I'd go with It's A Wonderful Life. So nostalgic to see those actors, and even though I know the story by heart, I still cry.

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    1. I agree! It's amazing how many generations that one movie has impacted.

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  10. It's a wonderful life is my favorite. I watched Rudolph last night. Love it too. Ready to see all the old favorites.

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    1. I think It's a Wonderful Life wins as the one mentioned most often here today as a favorite!

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  11. Christmas Vacation is a must at my house over the holidays. My sister and brother can quote the whole thing to each other and it's hilarious :)

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    1. We have the Griswold Christmas Village. If I can ever get the snow right, I'll snap a picture and upload it!

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  12. I'm a fan of Love Actually, Rise of the Guardians (awesome movie!), and Kung Fu Panda Holiday, which is actually surprisingly good.

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    1. I forgot all about Love Actually. I love that movie!

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    2. Try Rise of the Guardians, if you haven't already. I suspect you'll love it. It's nothing at all like its title sounds.

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  13. I love watching Christmas movies...plot holes and all!

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    1. Yes, you have to just let that part go...it's hard sometimes. I find myself talking to the screen. "Why is she DOING that?" I watched one this morning where the woman woke up with a different life in the suburbs and hopped in the minivan and drove back to the city, where her old job was. I was thinking, "What? She just happened to live in the same town in this alternate universe? If so, what was the issue about getting on a plane and leaving her boyfriend (whom she was married to in the alternate reality) at the beginning of the movie? So many questions!

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  14. I love my Christmas movies! My three top favourites that we never fail to see every Christmas has to be Home Alone, The Grinch and A Christmas Carol the muppets version. But I also really like Elf :3

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    1. I always forget Home Alone was a Christmas movie. Die Hard technically was, as well--at least that's what I've heard men argue!

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  15. I've seen all the posters for Hallmark's festive movies this year and Lifetime's and they are gorgeous! I did catch myself watching some of them festive movies on Hallmark back when I still had a telly

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    1. I've been watching them on YouTube while I work. I'm watching one called Christmas Town right now. The only problem is, if I go to bed when I'm only halfway through a movie, chances are when I wake up, YouTube will have taken it down for copyright violation!

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  16. A Christmas Story is so funny. Especially the bits about getting dressed up in Winter clothes for school. Brings back a lot of memories. Fortunately, I was able to put my hands down.

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    1. Yes, there were so many parts of that movie that we all could relate to!

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  17. Oh yes, love the Christmas movies. I don't think I have a favorite, but I'll say White Christmas

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  18. Rudolph! It was always a childhood favorite. It contained lots of things that worry a child with just enough goodness and joy mixed in for a happy ending!I was always fascinated by the Grinch and little Cindy Lou. Some of those classics do bring a tear but nothing like Jack Frost - yikes. It's a two-boxer (kleenex).
    Merry Christmas Stephanie!

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  19. OMGosh, you hit all my favorite movies, except for ELF. (I've never been a Will Farrow fan.) I'm definitely part of the older generation:)

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  20. Great choices, Stephanie! One that is close to being my favourite Christmas movie is the original version of "A Christmas Carol", starring Alastair Sim.

    Gary

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  21. I like the one called "Surviving Christmas" with Ben Affleck. I have this one along with "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Elf."

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  22. I have Hallmark Channel on all the time now. (Most of the time I watch stuff off the DVR, so I only see what's on the TV between shows. Although, I catch glimpses and scenes.) Yep, the movies are cheesy, but sometimes we all need a little cheese.

    My all time favorite Christmas movie is a TV movie. The Christmas List. Some things just fit, you know? This one fits me. (Which probably says too much about me.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_List

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  23. I have not watched many of the Hall mark movies but I love the classics. I still watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Grinch (original), Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without a Santa and The Little Drummer Boy. Most of these were done with the puppets which I like. I grew up on them. My favourite movies are-It's a Wonderful Life-#1 for me. Miracle on 34th St (original), 1951 A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim. I would also look at Going My Way, The Bishop's Wife(Cary Grant), Christmas in Connecticut, Prancer...these are some which are really quite good.

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  24. I haven't watched any of the movies. Christmas movies just wasn't a tradition.

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  25. Scrooged!!
    I want that sign in my office: Cross, a thing they nail people to.

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  26. I haven't watched a Christmas movie yet this season- but I do love them. I own quite a few of them and usually put them on when I am wrapping gifts. Now that I am realizing how close we are to Christmas I better get watching. :)

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  27. I don't have a particular Christmas movie but I am a fan of Home Alone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey and the cartoon version).

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  28. I love the Charlie Brown Christmas and never get tired of it and Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge.
    I'm sure there are others I can't even remember. I enjoyed Elf but it doesn't hold the old classic touch as much.

    Have a great week Stephanie.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  29. Funny enough, I'm doing a post about my top five tomorrow. My favorite is Rudolph

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  30. My favorite Christmas movie and all-time favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life.

    Love,
    Janie

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  31. Might sound cheesy, but I love Home Alone. Just enough laughs and pathos to make it a good story. A little bit/lot of slapstick is always good while you trip around the room checking on the Christmas lights! Chevy Chase is always good value too!

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  32. I love A Christmas Story. I'd like to see Miracle on 34th Street. I only watched a few minutes of it. I saw It's a Wonderful Life only once and I'd like to watch it again.

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  33. I love watching Christmas movies and are always on the hunt for them on TV during this time f year :)

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  34. Great question, Stephanie. Ours is one we taped from TV decades ago, called "Silent Mouse," that is the whimsical telling of how the song Silent Night was written, from a wee mouse's perspective. It never fails to delight us!

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  35. I've seen them all and more. You are so right. What is Xmas without the great feeling that these movies bring. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  36. It wouldn't be Christmas without It's a Wonderful Life but I do love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, I've seen it so many times yet I still laugh in all the same places, it's just so funny.

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  37. Scrooge. The 1970 musical with Albert Finney. I just love it.

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  38. I love to watch comedy and family Christmas movie. Have a lovely week!

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  39. The older movies are great too, but I LOVED Scrooged!! Have to watch it tonight, now. Thanks for reminding me. :)

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  40. I am enjoying the Christmas movies on the Women's channel at this time of year, love them! They play those Hallmark movies, love them! Except all the online dating ads that play in the commercials, lol.

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  41. I've seen Elf three times already this year, and it's on right now too. That makes four!

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  42. Agree. My favorite's still Home Alone though. :D

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  43. My favorite "new" movie is Santa Clause - it's cheesy, funny, and sweet. :)

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    1. Oops, I wrote from my "teacher of co-op students" gmail account - but it's just me - tyreantigger@gmail from Tyrean's Writing Spot. :)

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  44. Home Alone is the Christmas movie around here! We shared it with our granddaughter a few years ago and she still loves watching it with us!

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