Saturday, December 17, 2016

Favorite Christmas Movies


Just one week to go until Christmas! One of my loyal readers suggested I do a post about Christmas movies. I'm always up for a good holiday film. My favorites are:

It's a Wonderful Life (my husband's family watches it every year)
Elf (always a good choice)
The Sound of Music (not sure why people call this a Christmas movie, but I do like it)
Miracle on 34th Street (haven't seen this one in years, but I enjoyed it as a kid)
A Christmas Story

How about you? There's still plenty of time to watch more Christmas movies before next weekend, so I would love to hear your favorites, and I'm sure others would too.

There are plenty of lists out there that claim to be the "top Christmas movies of all time," but I want to know what y'all think.

67 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/17/2016

    Love all of those! Our family loves White Christmas...the singing is fantastic!
    Also love all the old puppet animated Christmas specials.

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    1. I watched White Christmas a few years ago. It was long but cute!

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous12/17/2016

    White Christmas and Holiday Inn are my absolute favorites. They're both from the 40s/50s, with great music. You should watch them, I know you'd love them both!

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    1. I did enjoy White Christmas. Haven't seen Holiday Inn, but I'll put it on my list. Thanks!

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous12/17/2016

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

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    1. That's a funny one. A bit odd, but quite funny. Not appropriate for younger humans though...

      Ellie

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  4. My family's favorites while I was growing up were White Christmas, A Year Without A Santa Claus, The Polar Express, and The Nativity Story.

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    1. Hi Jenni,

      I've seen White Christmas but not the others. I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous12/17/2016

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Christmas with the Kranks
    Home Alone and Home Alone 2
    Mrs. Brown's Boys: Christmas Crackers

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    1. The first three you mentioned are all very entertaining. Is the fourth one a comedy as well?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous12/21/2016

      Yes, Mrs Brown's Boys is a BBC series in the UK. It's very much an Irish/ Scottish type of comedy. Hilarious but almost certainly not the type of programme most of your readers would find suitable. Although, having said that, the story is always really just about the importance of family and loving each other.

      I've not seen many of the films mentioned here but I do enjoy some of the TV Christmas specials that are always shown in the UK.

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    3. Thanks for explaining! :)

      Ellie

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  6. I saw the old Miracle on 34th Street last week. :)

    I like The Muppet Christmas Carol, All I Want For Christmas (1991) and Christmas Do-Over. The Santa Clause and Christmas With The Kranks are good as well.

    Also it's not an actual film but I like to watch the BBC TV version of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester on Christmas Eve.

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    1. Hi Moon Sprakle,

      I've seen The Santa Claus 1 and Christmas with the Kranks (both are very good). Haven't seen the others though. I'll add them to the running list of movies that I have on my phone. What is the last one you mentioned about?

      Ellie

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    2. Hi Eliie, sorry, only just saw your comment now. :)

      The Tailor of Gloucester is a children's story by the English writer Beatrix Potter. (The most famous of her stories was probably Peter Rabbit, you might know it? :)). It's a TV version of the story about a tailor in the 17th or 18th century, who's making a waistcoat (vest) for the Mayor who's getting married on Christmas Day. He gets ill and can't finish it, so the mice who live in the house make it for him! It's mostly animation.

      Hope you enjoy the other films if you warch them. And hope you and Mr. Handsome had a good Christmas. :)

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    3. Sounds like a cute movie, Moon Sparkle. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well :)

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous12/17/2016

    White Christmas + Holiday Inn are such classic holiday films!!! Have you seen them?

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    1. Sarah Liston12/18/2016

      I seen White Christmas, a little long but a great movie.

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    2. Anonymous12/18/2016

      I watch it almost 4 times a week during the holiday season...it helps me to relax, especially after a long day at work.

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    3. I agree with Sarah. White Christmas is long but very good. Haven't seen Holiday Inn, but I do love old movies, so I'll have to check it out.

      Ellie

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  8. Callie D.12/17/2016

    Those are all good choices! I would add The Santa Clause and The Muppets Christmas Carol to the list! Although It's A Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite!

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    1. Hi Callie,

      Haven't seen The Muppets, but I hear it's good!

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous12/17/2016

    The Christmas Candle has been a very favorite of the family. The movie is newer (produced three years ago) but it is so well done that I have no doubt that it will become a timeless movie! And it's set in England, so it makes that much more heart warming :)

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      I heard about The Christmas Candle when it came out, but I don't think I ever saw it. Thanks for reminding me. I do love heart warming movies! :)

      Merry Christmas.
      Ellie

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  10. Anonymous12/17/2016

    Scrooge and Marley: Dean Jones is a all time favorite Christmas movie in our house. We watch it every year on Christmas night.

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    1. Haven't seen that one, but it sounds like a comedy. Am I right?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous12/25/2016

      Yes, It is comedy movie. we love too! :)

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  11. My favorites are almost the same as yours but I will try to list a few in order of preference:
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Miracle on 34th Street(the original!)
    A Christmas Carol(Reginald Owen as Scrooge)
    Christmas in Connecticut
    The Man Who Came to Dinner
    It Happened on 5th Ave
    There is another I really like but the title escapes me and perhaps your readers know the title. It's a classic starring Betsy Blake and Robert Mitchum. Betsy plays a single mom who is engaged to another guy but she meets Robert Mitchum's character who is sort of a hobo. Anyway, I'm sure someone knows the title.
    Continuing with my list is:
    A Christmas Story
    Elf
    Snow Globe
    North Pole
    It will be fun to see what others favorites are!

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    1. Anonymous12/18/2016

      It's called Holiday Affair- very cute movie

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    2. You must be a fan of Christmas movies, Regina. :) A long list like that is just want I needed. Thanks!

      Ellie

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    3. Thank you Anon! I couldn't for the life of me remember the title. And yes Lily and Ellie I love Christmas movies. I forgot to mention The Shop Around the Corner with James Stewart and Maureen Sullivan.

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  12. Oh I forgot The Bishop's Wife and White Christmas. Somehow you just can't beat the old classic Christmas movies!

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    1. I agree...the classics are classics for a reason! LOL

      Ellie

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  13. Anonymous12/17/2016

    White Christmas for sure!!! And I LOVE Sound of Music! (Christmas time or not!)

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  14. Anonymous12/18/2016

    My favorite Christmas movie is the one that runs in my head. It's a collection of vignettes from my childhood...visiting Santa, going to see dept. store windows, trimming the tree, hanging up my stocking, not being able to sleep because Santa was coming, tearing into presents at the crack of dawn because I was too excited to sleep any later... I would imagine most of us have a similar movie, although the scenes will vary.

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    1. Yes, I do have a similiar! 😊

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    2. I agree with that. My poor parents were so glad when we grew up and started sleeping in. Lol.

      Ellie

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  15. This isn't a movie but I love just the same. It Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas concerts. I love the music. I've never seen them in person, but probably some of you have. It's usually shown on Hallmark Channel but if you don't have it(which we don't) you can watch the concerts on YouTube.

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    1. Anonymous12/18/2016

      I don't like them. Their frenetic music makes me nervous. It's not a soothing concert. December can be stressful enough without that kind of music.

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    2. I forgot to mention that Hallmark channels airs Trans-Siberian Orchestra Ghosts of Christmas Eve featuring Ossie Davis as the narrator/caretaker. It's only about 45 minutes on YouTube.

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    3. I understand Anon. I think I should have warned people beforehand but I noticed some of the music isn't loud and crazy.

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    4. I love Trans-Siberian Orchestra. My first introduction to their music was at our church's Christmas program about 10 years ago. I've been hooked ever since.

      Ellie

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    5. Hi Regina, I'd never heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts, thank you for mentioning them. I just looked the Ghosts of Christmas Eve one up on YouTube and have saved it to watch later. :)

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  16. Anonymous12/18/2016

    Don't forget about a Charlie Brown's Christmas, for the little ones.

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    1. Anonymous12/19/2016

      And the iconic Vince Guaraldi Trio soundtrack for the big ones.

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    2. Watched Charlie Brown's Christmas for the first time last year and thought it was very cute. Haven't listened to Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack.

      Ellie

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    3. Anonymous12/20/2016

      If you watched CB Christmas, then you heard the soundtrack. It's the music to that program.

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  17. Sarah Liston12/18/2016

    Ellie,
    Do you know how to get Elf? We couldn't get it at the library as there were like 15 holds on it, the video store nor any of the other places we went to had it, and I don't think our satellite has ABC network which I think has been playing it. Have any suggestions?

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    1. Anonymous12/18/2016

      Can you stream it? If you have internet access. You can also purchase from walmart or target.

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    2. Anonymous12/19/2016

      It's online. Search around, using Video as the search parameter on Google.

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    3. Hi Sarah,

      I remember having trouble finding it last year. If you use Amazon, you can download it or buy the DVD: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=elf+dvd&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aelf+dvd

      Ellie

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  18. Anonymous12/18/2016

    I love watching Sound of Music and the Christmas movies that are on Hallmark Channel,and Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel.

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    1. My mom and I used to watch lots of Hallmark Christmas movies. I can't remember the names of any of them, but they were cute. I haven't heard of the Mystery Channel. What is it?

      Ellie

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  19. Sarah,
    If you'd like to buy it, you might try either Walmart or your grocery store's Christmas DVD section.

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  20. Anonymous12/18/2016

    I like The Christmas Card and A Christmas Story. My husband likes It's a Wonderful Life. I got him the DVD to put in his stocking so he can watch it whenever he likes.

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    1. Nice! I'm sure he will love that!

      Ellie

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  21. Anonymous12/19/2016

    My all time favorite Christmas movies are: 1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (nothing can replace this classic) and 2. Home Alone.

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  22. Anonymous12/19/2016

    I found some good movies in thrift stores and when I was done, then I sold them to a pawn shop that sells 7 for ten dollars. There was a movie in this stuff called Christmas Bunny which I think is suited to children and adults. It might be a joke to some outdoor hunters but it has a good statement as a theme that pets and children are not throw away items, they need long term love and care. Some of you people might like this movie.

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    1. Haven't seen that movie. It sounds cute!

      Ellie

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  23. Happy H12/22/2016

    My favorite Christmas movie is the Nativity Story, because it brings to life the true reason we even celebrate Christmas! Have you ever seen it? Totally worth your time!

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  24. I just finished watching The Christmas Candle for the first time. I love it and this has been added to my list of Christmas movies!Thank you to whoever suggested it!

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  25. Fiddler on the Roof has got to be up there in my favourites. Have you ever seen it?

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    1. Hi Esther,

      I haven't seen Fiddler On the Roof, but I've heard it's good. Is it a Christmas movie?

      Ellie

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    2. Hi Ellie,
      It doesn't feature Christmas at all, but it was often sh

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    3. ...own around Christmas time. (Sorry, my phone keyboard moved & so I pressed publish before I was finished.) I was remembering another good movie, "Little Women", that's kind of Christmassy.
      Thanks.

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