Like every family who celebrates Christmas, we have our traditions, and one of those traditions is to watch Christmas movies so today I thought I’d share my list with you of the movies we try to watch every December.
- It’s a Wonderful Life – We own the original black and white version of this and the colourized version. If you haven’t seen it in colour, check it out. We were amazed by the details that came to life when they appeared in colour. Wait, is that a bell I hear ringing?
- White Christmas – The story behind the song? Well, not really, but it’s got George Clooney’s aunt in it, too!
- The Homecoming – The world’s introduction to the Waltons. Goodnight John Boy!
- Scrooged – Based on A Christmas Carol. Watch out for the flying toaster!
- Christmas Vacation – Stars Johnny Galecki before he became Leonard Hofstadter. This movie makes my family look normal – and that’s not easy!
- Love Actually – This movie first came to the cinema when we still lived in England. It’s sappy, sentimental, silly, sad and much more. Had to laugh when I watched this “Honest Trailer” for it.
- The Family Stone – A good story about a family gathering at Christmas. It’ll make you laugh a lot – and cry. Keep some tissues nearby.
- Prancer – If you’re a Sam Elliott fan, you can’t miss this one. A cute family story.
- It Happened on Fifth Avenue – An old black and white classic as my husband would say. A slightly different Christmas story that’s sentimental and funny at the same time albeit perhaps a bit far fetched. I guess some of the issues it addresses, i.e. homelessness and unemployed veterans, are current concerns.
- Joyeux Noel – A great movie and particularly fitting to watch this year as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.
- Black Christmas – I remember watching this one when I used to babysit as a teenager. C-R-E-E-P-Y! A very young Lois Lane plays a part in this movie. See if you can recognize her.
- A Christmas Story – My husband doesn’t like this movie very much but I can’t stop laughing when I watch it. If you grew up in the 50’s or 60’s and you haven’t seen this movie, you’ve got to watch it at least once!
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas– One of our dogs looks a lot like Max in this original Grinch classic from my childhood. I’ve always wanted to tie a branch to her forehead just to see what she’d look like! “Pixie… oh, Pixie…”
- The Polar Express – A cute movie and a favourite of my choo-choo obsessed two year old grandson!
- The Christmas Shoes – Sappy and sentimental this one really tugs at the heartstrings.
Did I miss any of your favourites? Let me know in the comments.