My husband and I agree that Christmas is one of the best seasons of the year. He loves the weather, I love sweaters and boots. The food is more fun. People are more pleasant. There lights and sparkles on everything. *Sigh* How can you not just love it?!
And there are Christmas movies.
Many blogs I read are benevolently providing their readers with gift guides - I am not that resourceful so I am providing you with my list of the top 10 Christmas Movies... in my opinion.
#10: White Christmas
I think this is almost necessary to have on this list just because it is the iconic Christmas movie. It is a good story, however. And the best part is that the housekeeper is also the Sister Mary Lazarus from Sister Act. Yesss.
#9: Just Friends
Not technically a Christmas movie but it is set at Christmas time and is hilarious.
Notable Scenes: Anna Faris eating a tube of toothpaste while on painkillers; the interaction between Ryan Reynolds' character and his brother; the mom. Funny stuff.
#8: Mickey's Christmas Carol
A childhood favorite of mine. My friend, Marina, and I must have watched this movie about a million times. The birthplace of Scrooge McDuck.
#7: Home Alone
This is just classic - all the pranks young Master Culkin plays on the unsuspecting burglars - oh, so funny. This is Daniel Stern at his finest. Plus, I love Catherine O'Hara, too.
#6: Holiday Inn
Probably one of my all-time favorite classic films anyway, but it also works as one of my top Christmas movies. Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire - so good. Notable scenes: anything with Mamie the housekeeper and her kids ("Is you name Miss Linda?). Quality film-making.
#5: Love Actually
Such a cute story - very touching and gives hope to the love-lorn everywhere. Plus Rowan Atkinson is in it.
If you haven't noticed yet, I like funny movies. This is a classic, funny movie. Bill Murray is so funny as the "Scrooge" character. Karen Kane is the best Ghost of Christmas Present that there ever has been. If you haven't seen this, rent it (or whatever the kids do these days... stream it? download it? Ugh, I'm old.) You won't be sorry.
#3: Better off Dead
OK, so technically not a Christmas movie BUT has some of the best Christmas scenes E-V-E-R!
Example 1: Teaching the French exchange student about Christmas. Cha-ris-muus...
Example 2: The mom. She dresses up as a reindeer. She gives frozen TV dinners as gifts. She makes jackets out of aardvarks. We should all be so lucky to have her for a mom.
#2: Christmas Vacation
In my opinion, probably the 2nd best in the Vacation series after the original.
Why is the carpet wet, Todd? I don't know, Margo.
SANTAAA - I know him!
Oh, he's an angry elf.
I'm singing, I'm in a store and I'm singing.
I'm just a cotton-headed ninny muggin.
Syrup in coffee - why didn't I think of that?
There is no Christmas movie better than Elf.
Again - these are my opinions. When I told my list to my husband he was not happy that A Christmas Story was missing from the list. Or A Muppet Christmas Carol. I am not saying these other movies are not good - they're just not my faves.
Enjoy your holidays - and check out some of these films - you'll be pleased.