As much as I hate reading those cheesy blogs and articles about Christmas Movies but I gotta say, this Christmas is a little more important to me than any other. So, here it is and I hope that everyone can appreciate the movies I’ve chosen. I will say that these are definitely movies you won’t see on everybody else’s list. Have an opinion, leave a comment below!
Number 10: Die Hard (1988) The movie has absolutely nothing to do with the holiday season other than the fact that it takes place during a Christmas Party. Ironically the movie was released in the middle of the summer in ’88. But watching this flick will put anyone in an extremely happy “holiday” season mood. “Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow!”
Number 9: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977) Now I’m pretty sure many of you haven’t seen this movie or possibly even heard of it but it’s another one of Jim Henson’s classic Christmas contributions. With Ma and Emmett trying to get great gifts, the talent show prize gives them hope. Songs include, “The Bathing Suit That Grandma Otter Wore,” and “When the River Meets the Sea.”
Number 8: Holiday Inn (1942) Like Jim Henson, Irving Berlin has an amazing ability to bring in some Holiday Cheer with just a few words, “Pack your load down the road and come to the Holiday Inn.” Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful movie featuring performances by the entire cast under a wonderfully ideal roof.
Number 7: The Christmas Toy (1986) It’s yet another Jim Henson classic, and if you’ve never feasted your eyes on this fun-filled TV special, you should really go watch it. The story is introduced by Kermit. We get told about the house that he’s visiting and that this story is the toys not the owners. As much as it pains me to say it, this movie is basically Toy Story, just with puppets.
Number 6: Scrooged (1988) Another movie from ’88 that actually managed to be released during the holiday season. Scrooged is a really witty modernization of the ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ story by Dickens. Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a TV programming exec that well.. he really is Ebenezer. The story manages to actually end up in an 19th century town telling the end of “A Christmas Carol.” There’s a mix of light and dark humor here. Make sure you’re ready.
Number 5: Look Who’s Talking Now! (1993) Starring John Travolta and Kristie Alley, this story really touches on the “true” meaning of Christmas. It’s the final installment in the trilogy and to be frank, the best part really is the end of the movie when Rocks pees on the mean ladies shoes. I promise I won’t give anymore away. It’s a really cute movie touching on all the responsibilities parents have during the holiday season. And let’s face it, the soundtrack is awesome. “Christmas, Christmas Time is here, time for joy and time for cheer!”
Number 4: The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) I’m actually kinda upset not too many people talk about this movie. I’ll admit it’s not “Rudolph” but this claymation classic features awesome performances by Snow Miser and Heat Miser. Who doesn’t love those guys!? And Mrs. Claus doing Santa’s job? It’s genius and wouldn’t surprise me if it happens every decade or so. 😀
Number 3: Home Alone (1990) Oh my… if you still have a straight face after looking at this picture, you are in a desperate need to watch this scene. In Macaulay Culkin’s first appearance as “Kevin,” the mischievous kid that fights off burglars, you can’t go wrong with the after shave scene. There’s plenty other stuff for you to laugh at like, the movie that plays over and over, the song he sings in the shower, and the pranks he plays on the burglars that continuously try to break in. It’s a kid cult classic. The best of the entire trilogy.
Number 2: It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas (2002) Okay, as you can tell by now, Jim Henson just has an excellent idea when it comes to holiday celebrations. The Muppet Theater is hanging in the balance and Kermit is losing all hope. And it doesn’t help that the Muppets are trying to put on a Christmas Show. An angel (Daniel) asks his boss for a little for Kermit and his friends. Guest stars include, David Arquette, Joan Cusack, Matthew Lillard, William H. Macy, Whoopi Goldberg and so much others.
Number 1: White Christmas (1954) I finally made it! Okay, in our house we make it a tradition to watch this movie every year and we have to yet miss a year. Irving Berlin does it again by making this show one of his best. With songs like, “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “What Do You Do With A General,” “Mandy,” and of course “White Christmas.” I could really go on and on and on about this movie, instead I’ll try to keep it short. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen come together to bring some “guinea pigs” into the “ideal” lodge that really needs some TLC. Along the way there a romantic hiccups here and there that cause some rather interesting twists to this tale of holiday cheer.