Grab a mug of cocoa, put on your pajamas, grab a warm blanket and settle in on the sofa! It’s time to watch Christmas movies and TV Christmas specials. After the Thanksgiving feast is over, the Christmas tree is up, and you’re home from shopping, my favorite thing to do is watch a Christmas movie to unwind. There are so many great ones, classic and new, there is something that will appeal to everyone. I want to share which ten I consider must-sees every year personally.
The Bishop’s Wife from 1947 starring Carey Grant and Loretta Young casts Carey Grant as an angel whose job is to teach the town’s bishop that material things are not what is important, just in time for his Christmas Eve sermon. The Preacher’s Wife in 1996 was a remake of this classic movie and starred Denzel Washington.
A Charlie Brown Christmas from 1965 comes on television and it is a must see for family night! Every child and adult I know loves this traditional classic tale when Charlie and his friends set out to find out what Christmas really means. Snoopy of course is a loved character in this movie.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas whether it is the cartoon from 1966 or the Jim Carey movie version (The Grinch) from 2000, I love this story! A Dr. Seuss classic, the miserly old green Grinch is out to steal Christmas cheer and gifts from the residents of Whoville and in the end he discovers Christmas isn’t so bad after all.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation from 1989 starring Chevy Chase is the funniest Christmas movie ever, in my opinion. The relatives are hilarious from Granny saying the pledge of allegiance as the blessing to the chaos as when Clark’s Christmas light design goes haywire and the cat gets fried. The entire movie will have you in stitches.
All of the Home Alone movies are a must see for me every Christmas. Macaulay Culkin as Kevin is brilliant as the little boy who can handle crooks single handedly!
The Polar Express from 2004 is a magical movie with great animation and effects. An enchanting train ride and keeps the Christmas spirit alive through his belief in Santa Clause. The scenery in this movie is beautiful.
It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946 made by Frank Capra is one of the most loved of all the Christmas classics. It is such a poignant story starring Jimmy Stewart as George, a frustrated businessman who has lost hope. An angel is sent to show him what life would have been like had he never existed. The experience renews George’s love for life and his family.
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, the longest running TV special since it debuted in 1964 is an all time favorite of mine and millions of others. It wouldn’t seem like Christmas without seeing Rudolph with his luminescent nose leading Santa’s sleigh delivering toys to every girl and boy.
White Christmas starring Bing Crosby has been a timeless Christmas classic since it debuted in 1954. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye put on one heck of a performance in the Christmas show they do at a lodge in Vermont. The kink in the plot is when they leave the Army, get to the lodge and find their old general running the place.
Love Actually is not that old of a movie (2003), but I get butterflies in my stomach every time I watch it. This movie involves a hodgepodge of relationships, some romantic, others platonic. Nonetheless, this is a great movie to watch with someone you love.
There are many more great Christmas movies to watch. These are just 10 of my favorites. Be sure to watch your favorite ones and savor the time to relax while doing so.