One of the things that I love doing most around this time of year is watching Christmas movies. It seems like every night for the past couple of weeks that Christmas movies are all I have been watching with the exception of the Voice. I curl up on the couch or in a comfortable chair. Usually there is a cup of hot chocolate nearby and my latest crochet project in my lap. It is a cozy way to spend a cold winter night. The movies are usually whatever is playing on the Hallmark channel or UPtv, but I have a few movies that I have to watch every year no matter what else is playing. I own a couple of them, but mostly I set the DVR to record them or look for them on Netflix.
Here is my top 10 list of Christmas Movies:
If you haven’t seen the movie The Nativity, I recommend renting it or buying it. It will soon become a family favorite. It is the story of the birth of Christ. It keeps closely to the Biblical accounts while also showing some of the trials Mary might have faced from her parents and the townspeople.
- Charlie Brown Christmas
When I was growing up, the Charlie Brown cartoon strip was one of my favorite comic strips to read and their holiday specials were my favorite things to watch. Now as an adult, I still love watching their Christmas specials every year with or without children around. The message in them is simple and clear. Christmas isn’t about having the most presents or the biggest or most expensive presents. It is about faith and family, but most importantly it is about Jesus.
- Miracle on 34th Street
Whether I watch the original version or the newer remake, Miracle on 34th Street is a must watch for me at Christmas. It is more than a story about Santa Claus. It is about faith. Oh, not Christian faith, but about the simple faith of a child in something she wants to believe in but isn’t sure is real.
- Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn is a movie starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. It is a story about one man’s fight to keep the woman he loves when his ex-vaudeville partner shows up and tries to steal her away.
- White Christmas
In White Christmas, Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye are a successful song and dance team who team up with a sister act to try and save the Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
- The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a magical tale about some children who take a journey to the North Pole. While it is a children’s movie, I still love it and enjoy watching it every year.
- It’s a Wonderful Life
This is actually a movie that I go back and forth on every single year. I watch it every year, but it is actually a bit depressing until the very end. It is about one man’s attempt to end his life and the angel who teaches him to appreciate it by showing him what it would be like if he wasn’t around anymore.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
What can I say? I love children’s movies, and we all know the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Frosty the Snowman
The same goes for Frosty the Snowman.
- The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is not really a Christmas movie which is why I saved it until last. It is a movie that is frequently shown at Christmas time though because one of the songs, “My Favorite Things” has become a popular Christmas song.
What are some of the Christmas movies that are on your “Must Watch” list at Christmas?