Lately I have been feeling as though I have not been as cheerful as I should. Seeing how it is the season of giving and all. With that said, to get in the Christmas spirit, I will probably resort to reading my favorite Christmas books, or watching my Christmas films that I adore. [There is always snow angels to make, or snowmen to build, but there is not nearly enough snow for sledding.] I know from experience that these films go great with a hot mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows sprinkled on top. A candy cane soaking inside the frothy mixture, for a little added Christmas flavor is a must. So here I present, my gift to you, the lists!
Christmas Movies I am fond of in no order in particular (but the first one is my absolute favorite)
1. It’s a Wonderful Life – This is my all time favorite movie period. It will lift your spirits up higher than you ever imagined. It reminds us that things never go as expected. And friends are always there when you least expect it.
2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas – The grinch attempts to steal Christmas by stealing their CHristmas decorations, but he cannot steal their Christmas spirit.
3. Elf – Buddy the Elf was accidentally brought to the North Pole with Santa Claus as an infant. When he finds out why he is not the same size as all the other elves, he goes off to New York City in search of his father. Hilarious! I got this for my younger sister for Christmas.
4. A Christmas Story – A boy from the midwest is determined to get a bb gun for Christmas. This is essentially his story of how he got it, even though everyone and his mama kept telling him he would shoot his eye out.
5. Home Alone – Eight year old Kevin McCallister is left Home Alone in the suburbs of Chicago while meanwhile his family is on their way to vacation Paris. When his family finally notices his absence, they are already in Europe, and Kevin is fending off sticky bandits in his neighborhood.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack is the king of the town of Halloween. He becomes tiresome of the redundancy of the holidays and while lamenting happens to come comes across a tree bearing an image of a Christmas tree. He rallies up his fealty followers, deciding to take upon the responsibilities of Santa Clause.
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation -
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charlie Brown is depressed as usual, and can’t seem to get himself in the Christmas Spirit. So he finds the ugliest tree he could find, which of course lifts his spirits. Until everyone belittles his after they see the tree. After Charlie Brown beats himself up anymore he he finds out the true meaning of Christmas. And it does not involve a highly ornate tree.
9. The Nativity Story – This movie is absolutely brilliant. It is of course a film about Mary and Joseph’s struggle to bring Jesus into this world.
10. The Family Stone – This is also a movie I have watched multiple times already this year. It is about about a guy who brings his conservative, uptight girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his liberal family.
11. The Polar Express – This story is about a young boy who begins to lose faith in Christmas/Santa Claus. So he is chosen as one of the select few to board a train headed to the North Pole to reignite his faith. I discovered this story as an adult and immediately fell in love with it. I bought the movie for my sisters a few Christmases ago.
12. A Christmas Carol – A Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. A wealthy, stingy, old man who is visited by three ghost to show his how the bigger picture of what his life really looks like, and how his decisions effects the life of those around him.
13. The Preacher’s Wife – I have come to enjoy this movie, not because Whitney Houston is in it, but because it also give me hope. It is about a preacher of a church who prays for a miracle. God sends him an angel, and though the angel shows himself and tells the preacher he is there to help him, he still remains in disbelief.
14. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Classic story of the reindeer who is adorned with a red nose that is illuminated with a red glow. Though this sets him apart from other reindeer, this makes him the number candidate to lead Santa’s sleigh through the darkest skies.
15. Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer – This is a fairly new story to me. I first saw it on cartoon network. Basically a little boy’s grandmother is trampled by Santa’s reindeer. And because he was the only witness, no one else believes him.
16. Miracle on 34th Street – (The Original and the new one) Santa Clause is in New York City, in jail. Christmas may not happen this year if he can’t prove is is indeed the real Santa Clause and not a figment of children’s imaginations.
17. The Santa Clause – Another absolute favorite, starring Tim Allen. Santa falls of the roof of his house, he goes over to check him for identification and finds a single card that identifies him as Santa Claus. He then climbs a ladder that appears out of thin air, gets into Santa’s sleigh, puts on the Santa suit and inadvertently becomes the big guy. It is hilarious!
18. Olive, The Other Reindeer – Okay this I found by accident. It came on FOX one year. It is about a dog who thinks it is a reindeer. Olive, the dog, hears on the radio that Christmas is being cancelled because of of the reindeer are injured. SHe thinks Santa said Olive the other reindeer instead of All of the other reindeer.So she sets off to the North Pole to save Christmas. Her journey isn’t exactly a cheerful one, she comes to face many hardships on her way. I remember it being cute.
19. White Christmas – I saw this for the first time last Christmas season with my roommate. Bing Crosby is in it, and I adore his voice. It also Stars DAnny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Together they bring business and much needed revenue to a small Inn in Vermont.
1. A Christmas Carol – A Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. A wealthy, stingy, old man who is visited by three ghost to show his how the bigger picture of what his life really looks like, and how his decisions effects the life of those around him.
2. Twas The Night Before Christmas – A story infamous for being read on Christmas Eve to children right before they drift off to sleep. As if there is not enough anticipation, they are reminded that Santa is coming so of they hear something on the roof, don’t be alarmed.
3. The Gift of the Magi – I recently discovered this story. It is about a married couple who are unable to afford Christmas presets for one another so they decide to sell personal items of their to get the other a gift.
4. The Polar Express – This story is about a young boy who begins to lose faith in Christmas/Santa Claus. So he is chosen as one of the select few to board a train headed to the North Pole to reignite his faith. I discovered this story as an adult and immediately fell in love with it. I bought the movie for my sisters a few Christmases ago.
5. Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Classic tale of the grouchy Grinch attempting to ruin Christmas for everyone by stealing their Christmas tree, presents, decorations and food. But this does not ruin their spirit, but instead makes them grateful for what they do have.
6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – One of my former roommates introduced me to this book. We read it as roommates and it is now a favorite of mine. A story of a group of horribly mannered children who participate in their school’s Christmas Pageant.
7. The Bible – The original story of the birth of Jesus Christ. It explains the true meaning of Christmas, where the tradition of gift exchanging, why there are stars on top of Christmas Tree’s. But it gives more of a symbolic meaning rather than upright tell you.
These stories and films are not what make Christmas, but they can boost your spirits and bring a smile to your face when you least expect it. I hope everyone will have a chance this Holiday season to spend time with those they love.