My Top 7 Christmas Movies


A benefit of living in the Northern Hemisphere is the cold, snowy, dark, long nights of December lend themselves to watching Christmas movies.

Here are my favorites:

7. The Santa Clause–A fun premise–what if the Santa succession was governed by a magical contract?

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas–Boris Karloff’s voice.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas–Christmas is Jesus, not all the sparkly trappings.

4. White Christmas–Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye!

3. It’s a Wonderful Life–The reminder that our lives affect others’ lives, and our lives might turn out better than what we would’ve chosen for ourselves.

2. The Nativity Story–A fairly realistic look at Mary, Joseph, and Jesus’ story.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe–Heroes, sacrifice, forgiveness, and a villain who subjects the kingdom to “always winter and never Christmas.”

What are your favorite Christmas movies?


    • Deb Watley

      Years ago I saw Holiday Inn, or Christmas in Connecticut, or both. Obviously, I need to rewatch them! Was White Christmas a sort-of remake of Holiday Inn? For A Christmas Carol, I confess I prefer Disney’s (Mickey Mouse) version over the live-action movies.

      • Marcia Strykowski

        Although similar styles, Holiday Inn and White Christmas were two different stories starring Bing Crosby. I’ve seen Christmas Carol performed so often (my kids were in it briefly) that I picture it live rather than any of the movie versions. Not sure it should even be on my movie list. 🙂 I’m seeing White Christmas live for the first time in two weeks—should be fun!

        • Deb Watley

          I love the music in White Christmas! Enjoy the live show! Bing sings I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas in Holiday Inn, too, doesn’t he?

  1. Jane Heitman Healy

    Good list! I, too, love the Grinch and Charlie Brown, especially for the themes that Christmas is not about the wrappings & trappings. My favorite Christmas Carol version is the Mr. Magoo one. 🙂 I also like A Christmas Story, and family favorites are Elf and Christmas Vacation, which probably tells you something about our family! 🙂

    • Deb Watley

      I haven’t seen all of Elf. But my kids like it. They also like Rudolf, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and Frosty the Snowman. A Christmas Story is one of my husband’s favorites. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Mr. Magoo! I don’t know if I’ve seen his Christmas Carol version.

    • Deb Watley

      Miracle on 34th Street is definitely a classic! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, so I Googled it. It seems to me that The Santa Clause is kind of a remake-with-a-twist of Miracle on 34th St.

      • Amy Houts

        I like the older version of “Miracle,” the one with Natalie Wood. Interesting that the screenplay was written before the book since it’s usually the other way around. I didn’t realized that “The Santa Clause” was a remake. I’ll have to compare them next time I see it. “Elf” is kind of silly but also sweet. You have to like Will Farrell’s brand of humor. : )

        • Deb Watley

          Well, I shouldn’t say The Santa Clause is a remake. But it does have some similarities to Miracle, like an unlikely character who says he is Santa, a psychiatrist character, and a legal proceeding.

        • Amy Houts

          I see what you mean about the similarities. I remember “The Santa Clause” was very funny. “Miracle” is more touching–makes me cry.

    • Deb Watley

      I just remembered I have my grandmother’s copy of the book Miracle on 34th St. I pulled it off my shelf and checked the copyright. 1947, the same year as the Natalie Wood movie. In the author’s note, Valentine Davies, wrote that the movie (screenplay by George Seaton) came before the book! Who knew?

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