There are certain traditions we all have around Christmas time. Maybe we put up the tree a day after Thanksgiving. Perhaps we bake Christmas cookies and hand them out the week of Christmas. Possibly we all meet at the grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve. These are things we do every year, year in and year out.
However, watching movies about Christmas has become part of that tradition. Every year I lay down and absorb these films into my psyche. To me these holiday classics are as big a part of Christmas as opening gifts and seeing family. At the end of the article, I would love to hear about some of the holiday films that hold a special place in your heart as well.
I’ll watch Bing Crosby sing, act, or even brush his teeth. He was an entertaining fellow. He was cool hanging out with the Rat Pack, playing neighbors with David Bowie, and narrating The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. White Christmas is about Bing and a buddy doing a good deed for someone they are fond of. At the same time, Bing falls in love with a girl that is young enough to be his daughter. Doesn’t get any better than this!
12 Dates of Christmas
Yes, I am a guy. But I still enjoy watching this Family Channel-like movie with Amy Smart and Mark Paul Gosselaar. Of course, Gosselaar is famous for his time spent as Zack on Saved by the Bell. It’s a simple film that borrows a bit from Groundhog Day. Give it a try before judging me!
Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin as a young boy accidentally being left behind at his house at Christmas as his large family cluelessly do not notice until a couple days later. I think I enjoy this film because my large family would often leave me behind in various places as well. I can sympathize a bit.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart just never made a bad movie. He was the everyman that most of us could identify with. Plus, watching this film over and over can leave you with a pretty great Jimmy Stewart impersonation.
Yogi’s First Christmas
Yogi’s First Christmas is hardly ever shown around the holidays anymore. I remember as a kid watching it every time it was on. I had to go on Amazon and order myself a copy just so I could continue my tradition. The film is a who’s who of the characters of Hanna-Barbera. Definitely one of my favorites!
A Very Brady Christmas
I believe A Very Brady Christmas should be recognized with the other holiday classics like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life. It should be shown everyday on television between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I could be a bit bias, though, since I loved the Brady Bunch. Still, whenever I hear O Come, All Ye Faithful whether in church or on the street, I expect to see Mike Brady emerging from a collapsed building.
A Christmas Story
I think every kid can identify with Ralphie. He wants something for Christmas that he feels he just never will have regardless of how many hints he leaves behind. Ralphie has a slightly annoying little brother, strange friends, and a bully that will just not leave him alone. It is a holiday classic!
Holiday Inn is another Bing Crosby film centered around Christmas. This time he is joined by Fred Astaire, so you know there is going to be some fancy dancing routines involved. Plus, Bing’s character is pursuing a lady only 15 years old than him this time. Once again, a perfect holiday film!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
When I refer to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I am definitely speaking about the cartoon version. This is an outstanding film about how even the grinchiest can change their tune. The book was originally written in 1957 by Dr. Seuss, one of the best children’s author of all time.
The only real romantic comedy Christmas film that made my list. I remember reluctantly watching this film the first time after the urging of a girlfriend at the time. And over the years, the movie has stuck with me much better than that old girlfriend. It’s hard to fathom that Love Actually debuted almost 15 years ago!