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8 Must Watch Christmas Movies

My 8 Must Watch Christmas Movies

Before Christmas arrives I have one mission: watch as many of my favorite holiday movies as I can. I’ll admit I’ve only gotten about half-way through the films on this list so far, but I have a few more days…and I never back down from a challenge.

It’s always been one of my yearly Christmas traditions to get cozy with some blankets, cocoa, and loved ones to simply relax — and it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that my favorite way to relax is with a movie!

Of course, watching every single one of your faves before Christmas can seem like a daunting task, so I’ve done my best to narrow down my list to my absolute must-watch Christmas movies! 

The Grinch

Growing up it was a tradition to watch and read Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch on Christmas Eve. Aside from the iconic song sang by none other than Boris Karloff this movie holds a special place in my heart…which, oddly enough grows 3 sizes each time I watch this film. 

Die Hard

Yippee ki-yay! This is always my favorite on my list of Christmas movies. There’s no denying to me that this is a Christmas film, even though some still dispute that fact. I will always put this on my list of fave Christmas movies! 

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

I just realized that there are two films on this list that star Alan Rickman! I should’ve put Love Actually on this list, so I could make it 3. Let’s say that’s an honorable mention! Although this truly isn’t a Christmas movie, it’s one I can’t go through Halloween or Christmas without watching. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone has such a cozy quality to it. The scene where Harry and Ron open presents and when Harry takes Hedwig out for a snowy flight around Hogwarts are two of my favorite winter themed moments in the film. After seeing this movie I insisted on saying “Happy Christmas” like they do (none of that “Merry Christmas” malarkey). I even still use a Harry Potter Christmas stocking that I’ve had for over 10 years now. Harry Potter and Christmas are just synonymous to me. 

Nightmare Before Christmas

Another film that is just as special for me on Halloween as Christmas is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t think there is any film that can match how timeless Nightmare Before Christmas is. The music, the voice talent, the art…it’s all amazing and true cinema magic. 

A Christmas Story

Another family tradition! We would usually watch this film on Christmas Day after opening presents. It’s probably one of the most quotable…from “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid” to “Fra-gee-lee” to “Oh, fudge.” This movie is full of iconic moments. My favorites are probably the leg lamp and the pink bunny suit…I love it!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Hallelujah, holy shit! This film is hilarious…and of course it is! With Chevy Chase at the helm of this comedically gifted cast, how could it not be? This film is probably the one on the list that reminds me of my own Christmas with my family. It captures the chaos and calamity that ensues when crazy people get together. Relatable and extremely entertaining, this had to make my list!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Poor Charlie Brown, the only schmuck who could be sad on Christmas, right? I actually relate a lot to this film, as well. There have been many times when I’ve felt sad in the midst of a joyous occasion. It’s something many of us live with from time to time and even day to day. Nothing is more confusing than being sad when everything around you suggests that you should be happy. Not only is this film a classic, it’s unique in it’s approach to telling a Christmas story. It’s crazy when you remember that this film includes a speech by Linus that is directly from the Bible. I’m not a religious person, but the scene still has a powerful resonance that cannot be ignored. Similarly the overall message is an important one: don’t lose yourself in consumerism and forget the true meaning of Christmas…whatever that means to you personally. 

White Christmas

It’s looking like this year might actually be a white Christmas! I can’t remember the last time that happened, but I do always make it a point to watch this film on Christmas day. For some reason it’s just always been one of my favorites. White Christmas is such a lovely song and it’s sung beautifully by the voices of Bing Crosby, Phil Davis, Rosemary Clooney, and Judy Haynes. This movie is incredibly cozy for me. From the coloring of the film to the magic of the romance that’s surprisingly grounded in reality. This is a must-watch for me, for certain.

So, what do you think? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know what your favorite is! I’d love to add more movies to my list!