As we get older, most of us lose the “magic” and “wonder” of Christmas. It may be that now we have to work, pay bills, do our own Christmas shopping, forget to make Christmas cookies (that’s what I’ve forgotten to do for the past 3 years anyway), and everything else it takes to make Christmas happen.
Well, this year I wanted to pull on those nostalgic heartstrings and dig up my old Christmas VHS tapes. Watching Christmas Movies has been a tradition for me since I was born (sometimes starting in October, don’t blame me I couldn’t even walk yet. Blame my mother).
So here are my Top 10 most memorable Christmas Movies.
1. A Christmas Story
Now, this is probably the first Christmas movie I’ve ever seen, as it’s my mother’s all-time favorite. And it soon became one of my very favorites as well.
‘You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out’
At least that’s what little Ralphie Parker is told when he asks his parents for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Air Rifle for Christmas. Hilarity ensues as Ralphie, along with his friend, Flick, try to convince Ralphie’s parents and even his teacher, Miss Shields, that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift for a nine-year-old boy.
2. A Santa Clause Trilogy
I became obsessed with these movies simply because Tim Allen was one of my favorite actors of my young childhood. I mean, Home Improvement… come on. hat comedy series was GOLD! And the third movie in the trilogy quickly had me falling in love with the myth of Jack Frost.
Have three times the fun as you celebrate the season with the complete SANTA CLAUSE trilogy in one spectacular box set! Superstar comedian Tim Allen delivers the perfect gift as he stars as the big man, himself, in three warm and wonderful movies about discovering the true magic of Christmas. See how it all began with Disney’s original classic, and hop on Santa’s sleigh for an exciting ride filled with belly laughs and family fun. Christmas gets a little nuttier when Scott Calvin unknowingly inherits the role of the legendary St. Nick. His ordinary life snowballs into a hysterical series of outrageous events as he fills out his Santa suit meets the future Mrs. Claus and faces his ultimate test against the mischievous Jack Frost. With a blizzard of bonus features and three magical movies, this box set is hours of holiday entertainment your whole family will enjoy again and again.
3. Jack Frost
Not many people have seen this rendition of “Jack Frost” but it has to be my favorite (yes even before Rise of the Guardians that came out in 2012).
The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human and helped a knight win his lady love.
4. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Yep, another claymation. And another classic (at least for me). I mean how can you not love a movie with such a cute lil’ penguin on the cover!
From Kringle to Claus! Do you remember when…the Burgermeister Meisterburger outlawed toys in Sombertown? A wooden train melted the Winter Warlock’s, icy heart? And Kris Kringle became Santa Claus? From stockings and chimneys to Santa’s long beard, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town tells the story of how our favorite Christmas traditions came to be.
Do I really need to explain why this was a childhood favorite of mine? We all wanted Buddy to be our best Elfin’ Friend.
One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys Raised as an elf. Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City.
6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown was my childhood. Simple as that. How could he not be when he had a movie for nearly every holiday?
It’s bound to be a white Christmas with this classic! From creator Charles M. Shultz and producer Bill Melendez, it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Not only does this timeless special have the distinction of warming hearts young and old, but it has won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award. Whether you are seeing this holiday masterpiece for the first time or the first time in years, you have doubtless heard of that ol’ blockhead Charlie Brown and the little tree that could. Filled with mythology as the gang tries to put on a holiday play, kids big and small will end up with a pretty decent dance party, a lesson for the ages and some good old-fashioned fun. As for the tree — it’s amazing what a little love can do.
7. Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Oh, little Cindy Lu-Ho. She had so much wonder in her eyes how could you not want to be just like her?
Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it’s an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!
8. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Now we all know that A Christmas Carol is a true classic. But throwing Mickey Mouse in there? What kid could resist!
Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season. Share this wonderful holiday treat with the whole family.
9. The Polar Express
This was one of my little brother’s favorites. And because I’d do anything to make him smile I watched this movie about a thousand times. I wasn’t this movie’s biggest fan at first but it slowly grew on me.
A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
10. Home Alone
Now, THIS was my brother ALL-TIME favorites. We didn’t only watch this during Christmas Time. This was a year-round movie going on a freaking loop. But does having this movie going on 24/7 take away from its appeal? (Honestly, kinda. But it’s still a classic dang it!)
When little Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind when his family dashes off on a Christmas trip, he is left to defend his family’s home from two bumbling burglars until the relatives return.
I hope y’all enjoyed my top 10 Christmas movies of my childhood. I’ll be doing a “Childhood Countdown to Christmas: Books” list soon (like within a couple hours) so make sure to follow me if you have any interest in seeing that.
*all summaries were provided by Amazon.