The Christmas season is finally here!
For many, this means decorating the tree, drinking hot chocolate, and watching lots of Christmas movies.
This time of year is really the only time of the year where I control the TV. It always prompts the “why are we watching this?” question followed by the “Die Hard is the best Christmas movie ever” statement. My husband and I are stuck at an impasse because I believe just because a movie takes place during Christmas doesn’t mean it’s a Christmas movie (ie. Die Hard and Harry Potter). He disagrees. Which side do you fall on?
What makes up a good Christmas movie?
To me, there is something in the essence of a true Christmas movie. The characters find redemption, whether with others or themselves, or they learn that life without family is truly no life at all. They go on a journey that makes them believe in hope or magic and just for a moment you’re swept away in the magic of it all, too. It brings you back to a simpler time when you couldn’t fall asleep on Christmas Eve because you were so excited and you wanted to catch Santa coming down the chimney.
I admit, that most can be rather cheesy, but there is still this feeling of joy when you finish it. And, to be honest, I love cheesy so this is just fine with me.
I LOVE Christmas movies. It doesn’t matter if they are the old clay animation classics or the newest Hallmark Holiday movies. There is something beautiful and satisfying knowing that at the end of the movie, everything will be ok.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I’m sharing my top 10 favorite Christmas movies. I would love to hear what your favorites are. Let me know in the comments.
- Polar Express
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- White Christmas
- The Santa Clause
- Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer (circa 1964)
- Home Alone
- The Holiday
- The Family Stone
- Last Holiday
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town (circa 1970)