My "Must Watch" Christmas Movies

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated Version ONLY)- I am not a fan of the live action version at all. The story is completely backward from the original tale and while certain parts make me laugh out loud (Most of the Grinch parts) the Whos in Whoville make me really sad. They are supposed to be the moral center...not the Grinch!

2. Muppet Christmas Carol- I remember going to see this with a group of friends at the movies. It was actually for my birthday and there were twelve of us and seriously my parents must have been crazy. However the movie is brilliant and still tugs my heartstrings each time I watch it.

3. Home Alone 1&2- Classics. Usually watch these while putting up my tree.

4. Elf- A newer classic but still a classic in my opinion. Funny and ridiculous and perfect for when the holiday stress starts to get the better of you!

5. Love Actually- I was late to the party in falling in love with this one but honestly it's just sweet. I love following all the different story lines that also connect in one way or another. Plus Hugh Grant dancing is the BEST.

6. The Holiday- So many beautiful quotes from this movie and so many hilarious and wonderful moments. I laugh and cry every time I watch it. Kate Winslet is just brilliant.

7. The Family Stone- I saw this movie with my mom and bawled like a baby. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and is our family stone. Also the two main brothers (Luke Wilson and Dermot Mulroney) are basically just like my own brothers. Also I am both the older sister and the mean sister. I had to be both since I am the only girl.

8. Little Women- Okay so this isn't really a Christmas movie but I love the Christmas scene where they have the lovely breakfast all put out and then give it to the family in need. I mean if that isn't Christmas spirit I don't know what is.

9. Jingle All the Way-Pure fun and hilarity. Plus my brother does the "Put that Cookie Down!" bit and it cracks me up every time.

10. The Santa Clause- I still find this movie magical even years later. I am happy to report that it is currently on Netflix if you haven't gotten the chance to see it!

11. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer- Another absolute classic and one of Kyra's favorites as well. She loves to see the reindeer fly. Also she really liked the Bumble.

12. Miracle on 34th Street-I ususally watch this one on Thanksgiving because that is technically the day it starts. I prefer the newer version to the old one and the scene where everyone posts that they believe still makes me cry. Yes I am a bit soft mushy person on the inside. 

So what are your "Must Watch" Christmas movies? 

Okay so you will note that Christmas Vacation is not on this list. There is a reason! I was only introduced to this movie a year ago.....not kidding. So I've only seen it all the way through once! 

Another note* I Forgot to add A Christmas Story to this list as's not a "must watch" but it usually gets watched because TNT airs it for 24 hours during Christmas Eve anyhow so eventually I see it at some point.


  1. To quote the internet: It's not Christmas until I see Hans Gruber fall off Nakatomi Tower (Die Hard) :)

  2. This is such a fantastic list!!!! I love Muppet Christmas Carol the best :)


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