Last year, I wrote a post about my favorite Christmas movies. The stores don’t wait for Black Friday to start their Christmas stuff, and neither do I. We’re watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music the first week of November (although I can never convince my wife to break out the Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving). So, with a few slight edits, here’s the post from last year. Have a holly, jolly Christmas–and don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to start celebrating! Start now!
Christmas is only forty-four days away! So hurry up and get your shopping done, and take some time to view these modern Christmas classics:
According to Netflix, this is their most popular Christmas rental of all time. It’s no wonder why. Will Ferrell is a freakin’ comic genius in this movie. There’s nothing like a middle aged white dude in tight yellow pants screaming his head off about Santa to get you in the Christmas spirit.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
One of the most quotable movies of all time. Makes you feel fortunate that you have the genetics that you do. As cousin Eddie would say, “I don’t know about you, but I sure am enjoyin’ it.” Merry Christmas. Go check your s****ers.
A Christmas Story
You’ll shoot your eye out. One of the best. My kid walks around saying, “Fra-gee-lay. It must be Italian!” all the time. I’m so happy that I can’t put my arms down!
A Christmas Carol (1984 edition with George C. Scott)
For some reason, I love this one. George C. Scott was the perfect Scrooge. The ghosts are perfectly creepy–especially Marley and Christmas Yet to Come. Pour some hot cider and wassle and be reminded that Christmas is a time for selflessness, not selfishness.
Christmas With the Kranks
It’s not in the same league as the ones above, but the scene with Tim Allen after a Botox injection nearly made me piss my pants and forget who I was for half an hour (OK… gotta stop with the Christmas Vacation quotes…) and is completely worth viewing the movie for.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
No, not the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey version (which my kids watch year round). The old school animated version that is narrated by Boris Karloff (who was the iconic Frankenstein monster). It’s amazingly awesome.
The Nativity Story/The Passion of the Christ
If you’ve got nearly four hours (and make time if you don’t have time), or can only choose one or two, watch these two (and watch them back-to-back). A wonderful reminder of what Christmas is really all about.