12 Movies of Christmas

Forget Fa-la-la-la-Lifetime and ABC Family, these are the movies you should be watching before Christmas to get you in the spirit.

12. Santa’s Slay

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.. one movie in and you’re already done with my list. I’m not saying it’s a good movie.. It’s HO-HO-HOrrible! The only reason it’s appearing in my list is because Brand0n, MJ and I watched it last year and really enjoyed it.. you know, in the way you enjoy all awful B movies. With the right crowd, this movie will create some lasting holiday memories for you as well.. even if they’re only of kids getting blown up. Oh, and Claire from LOST is in it. Bonus!

Best line:
“Stop taking the Lord’s name in vain, a-hole!”

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11. The Santa Clause

A creative movie that takes a normal dad and turns him into everyone’s favorite fat man. Cheesy? Yes. Well acted? Eh. Cute? Of course. A Christmas classic? Absolutely.

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10. It’s a Wonderful Life

Forgive me for the low placement of this Christmas classic. In all honesty, I remember my mom always having it on around the holidays when I was little, but I was too young to sit there and enjoy it. I really need to rewatch it, but just seeing bits and pieces of it on TV every year gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

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9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

If you’re like me, you haven’t seen this movie since it was released over a decade ago. I recommend you watch it again. Whether you have kids or not, this Christmas carol is entertaining for all ages and has become a holiday tradition for MJ, Brandon and I.

Best line:
“No! That was the frog’s idea!”

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8. Die Hard

Die Hard may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas movies, but it is set on Christmas Eve. That’s a good enough excuse for my family to watch it during the holiday season. Plus, what puts you more into the spirit of Christmas than Bruce Wills killing terrorists?

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7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

I debated quite awhile on whether Rudolph qualified as a Christmas movie or not. In all fairness, it is a Christmas special, but seeing as it’s run time rounds up to an hour, I’ll group it with the movies. Everyone love an underdog story and Rudolph is the classic Christmas underdog. Throw in Sam the Snowman, the Abominable and Hermey, DDS.. what more could you ask for?

Best line: “I want to be a.. a dentist!”

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6. Love Actually

This may be the most underrated Christmas movie there out there. If you know me, you know I am not a fan of romantic comedies, but Love Actually made me want to fall in love. Unfortunately, the first time I watched it I was going through the hardest time in my life, so I always relate that movie to those feelings making it hard for me to watch. For those of you who can watch it untainted, I highly recommend it.

Best line:
I feel it in my fingas, I feel it in my toes..

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5. Surviving Christmas

Every list of mine seems to have that one highly ranked movie that virtually no one has seen.. this would be that movie. I’m almost certain that Brandon and I saw this movie in the theater simply for the fact that we wanted to see a Christmas movie. It instantly became a Christmas classic for both of us. Despite that fact that it got awful critic reviews and bombed at the box office, I still think it belongs in everyone’s Christmas movie collection.

Best line(s):
Wake up! It’s your brother kinda! IT’S SNOWING!

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4. Elf

Pretty much everything Will Farrell does in this movie is priceless. His career may be waning, but you can bet my Christmas will never be Will-less again. Elf is full of clever one liners and great music, it’s both kid and adult friendly and just makes you smile.

Best line:
*BUUUUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPP* Did you hear that?!

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3. Home Alone


I love this movie much more than it’s placement would imply.. and it’s at #3. I originally had it as my #1, but after working on my write ups I realized that it doesn’t bring back many specific memories for me. Sure, I watched Home Alone when I was a kid, I maybe even saw it in theaters, but it wasn’t a staple Christmas movie in our household. Still, I can’t help but get the feeling of warm, comfortable feeling of Christmas when I watch it.

Best line:
“Look what you did, you little jerk.”

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2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“Hip-hip hooray for Christmas vacation!” Growing up, I can remember my mom watching the same movies over and over (must be where I get it from), but dad never really did that. However, there are a few movies that when I think about, I can’t help but think of my daddy – The Blue Brothers, Caddyshack, Animal House, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Christmas Vacation. As far back as I can remember, I can see my dad sitting in his recliner laughing along with the Griswolds and it will always hold a special place in my heart because of those memories. Oh, did I mention it’s hilarious? It is. It also stars a young Johnny Galecki. Outstanding!

Best line:
Clark: Hey kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa’s sleigh on it’s way in from New York City!
Eddie: You serious, Clark?

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1. A Christmas Story


Red Ryder BB gun. Pink nightmare. Triple dog dare. Fuuuuuuuuddddddgggge. Electric sex gleaming in the window. Fra-gee-lay.
How can you not love A Christmas Story? Even if you took away the fact that it’s brilliant from beginning to end, the memories this movie brings me are some of my fondest. Like Christmas Vacation, this movie also makes me think of my daddy. Just this year during the scene when Ralphie is imagining how his teacher will react to reading his paper about what he wants for Christmas, I said, “I don’t think my imagination was as elaborate as that when I was a kid. Do kids really think that way?” My dad said, “I did. Things rarely work out the way you planned in your head.” If you know my dad, that statement makes perfect sense. If I ever start making loads of money, I will be getting him a leg lamp. My mom’s not really excited about that idea.. but hey, my dad deserves “some kind of major award.” And for the record, I still tell my brother to “show me how the piggies eat.”
I also remember watching A Christmas Story in high school when Beth and I decided to invite the boys over, make dinner for them and watch the movie. Sure, it’s a little thing, but I have very fond memories of that night.
On top of those things, add the fact that Ralphie looks like a young version of my Uncle Rob and Scut Farkus looks an awful lot like my Uncle Dave and you’ve got not just my favorite Christmas movies of all time, but one of my favorite movies in general.

Best line:
Randy lay there like a slug.. it was his only defense.

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**Please note that the films White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street were not in consideration for this list since I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember much about them at all. I am more than aware that they are better movies than Santa’s Slay. 🙂 **

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4 thoughts on “12 Movies of Christmas

  1. great list.. great write-ups.. was confused when i saw Rudolph, but you justified it.. you do need to rewatch It’s A Wonderful Life..

  2. I love this list and most of these movies… I never saw Surviving Christmas. And It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the best movies, period. “Merry Christmas, you old building and loan!”

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