My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is in full swing and we all have our favorite movies to watch during Christmas.  As much as I love Christmas and the busyness of the season I think I most enjoy the comedic aspects of freaking out during the Christmas season and my favorite movies kind of reflect that.  I have tried on many occasions to sit through sweet a.k.a sappy, movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” but I always end up falling asleep.  I have never seen either of these movies from start to finish.   I guess I just lack that sensitive sappy gene. 

I love movies that just give you a good belly laugh during the hectic holiday season.  Here are just a few of my favorite Christmas movies.

NO 1.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Most definitelywithout a doubt my favorite Christmas movie is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.  The harder that Clark Griswold tries to have the “perfect” family Christmas the more things go wrong.   It all starts from digging up a tree out in the middle of the frozen tundra because he forgets his saw and ends with a kidnapping and SWAT in his living room.  I have quoted this movie more times then I would like to admit and I never get tired of watching it. 


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


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NO 2. The Christmas Story

This is my number two but it is neck and neck with my No. 1.  The Christmas Story is a great story of a sweet little boy named Ralphie and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun.   He does everything in is power to manipulate those around him to get a Red Ryder BB gun, which everyone is sure to point out will “shoot his eye out”.  There are many classic and memorablele scenesin this movie, like when Ralphie double, dog, dares a school mate to stick it tongue on a cold metal  pole or when he is forced to wear a huge pink bunny costume that his aunt sent him as a Christmas gift.


Then of course there is the arrival of a “fra-gi-le” package that contains a lamp of of a woman’s leg.  The Old Man wins this lamp in a contest and wants to proudly display it in the window. 


No 3. ELF

Elf is a great movie of a human boy that is left to be raised by elves in the North pole.  He soon learns that he is not like the other elves and goes off to find his biological father living in NY.  This is probably on of the more enduring movies that I like.  Buddy the “elf” does his best to get his biological father off the naughty list, bring back the Christmas spirit to his new family and the to entire city of NY.  


No 4. Christmas with the Kranks.

This is not a movie that you see on many other people’s lists, but I think this is a great movie.  The premise is a couple that are having their first Christmas as empty nesters.  Luther Krank (Tim Allen) the husband gets the bright idea to skip Christmas altogether and go on a 10 day cruise with his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis).  To save money they decided not to put up any decorations, cancel the annual Christmas eve party and forgo any Christmas type celebrations.  Their neighbors think they are crazy and scrooges.  They won’t even put up the Frosty that everyone in the neighborhood puts on their roof every year.  After they go though all the preparations for their 10 day cruise including and awkward sun tanning booth incident and some collagen injections, they find out the day before Christmas Eve that their daughter is coming home after all and bringing her new fiance.  They now have 24 hours to get food, decorations and a annual Christmas eve party together.  The entire neighborhood pitches in to help pull together a last minute Christmas celebration.


No. 5 Muppet’s Christmas Carol

I love this movie for two reasons.  The Muppet’s were my favorite when I was a kid so I love everything Muppet’s and who doesn’t enjoy the story of  “A Christmas Carol”?  The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge learning the true meaning of Christmas throughthe ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

I love the rats that bust out dancing the hula in grass skirts.  “This is my island in the sun!…oye…oye…!”


Those are my top 5 favorite Christmas movies.  I don’t know exactly what they say about me, but what I do know is that I like to laugh even when everything is going wrong and I love the joyfulness of the Christmas season. 

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?


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