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Favorite Christmas Movies to Get That Christmas Spirit

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TR Robertson-As the Holiday season approaches, one of the favorite activities many families and individuals take part in is going through their Christmas movie collection or finding what holiday movies are showing on the various cable networks and settling back to spend an evening watching these movies that have a special place in their hearts.

Everyone seems to have a favorite Christmas or  Holiday movie, I watch 10-12 that I have collected that helps me get in that holiday spirit.

Kurt and Goldie as Santa and Mrs. Claus in “Christmas Chronicles Part II”
Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

According to Wikipedia there are 107 specific Christmas movies that have been made. The oldest listed are from 1945 – “Christmas in Connecticut” and “The Bells of St. Mary’s”. Add to this count 9 Christmas Carol Adaptations – the oldest of these is the 1935 “Scrooge”. There are 12 Nutcracker Adaptations and 7 Christmas Actions Films like the 1988 “Die Hard”. There are even 22 Christmas Horror films, starting with the 1974 “Black Christmas”. Further dividing the Christmas movies there are 4 Nativity movies, 3 Santa Clause Trilogy movies and 5 short Christmas films like the 1932 “Mickey’s Good Deed”. Adding all of this up means there are potentially 169 Christmas and Holiday movies you could watch, assuming you had the time to do this. This does not count any of the hundreds of made for T.V. movies dealing with the Christmas and Holiday season. For example, Forest Whitaker made a Netflix movie for the holiday season called “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”, as did Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn in making “Christmas Chronicles 2” and the Hallmark Channel is loaded with Holiday movies.

What comes from all of this is the ongoing debate about the “best” Christmas or Holiday movies ever made. How you define “best” for this category is completely up to you and will determine what movie you choose as the “best” Christmas or Holiday movie. There are “professional” rating systems that have ranked the top Christmas/Holiday movies. I took a look at 6 of these rating systems and discovered five of the six rating systems picked the 1946 Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life” as the top Christmas movie of all time. Here are the results. See which movies you have seen from the Christmas movies picked as the best of the best .and which ones you need to watch to add to those you have seen.

From Rotten Tomatoes

  1. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
  2. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)
  3. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
  4. “Holiday Inn” (1942)
  5. “The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

From Esquire

  1. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
  2. “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation” (1989)
  3. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
  4. “White Christmas” (1954)
  5. “Home Alone” (1990)

From Good House Keeping

  1. “A Christmas Story (1983)
  2. “Elf” (2003)
  3. “The Grinch” (2018)
  4. “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation (1989)
  5. “The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

From IMDb

  1. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
  2. “Tangerine” (2015)
  3. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
  4. “A Christmas Carol” (1951)
  5. “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940)

From Screenrant

  1. “It’s A Wonderful Life”
  2. “Die Hard” (1988)
  3. “Scrooge” (1935)
  4. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
  5. “A Christmas Story” (1983)

From Thrill List

  1. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
  2. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
  3. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
  4. “Home Alone” (1990)
  5. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)

It really doesn’t matter what Christmas or Holiday movies you watch. Each has something enjoyable and festive to make your season a little more special. Maybe start a new tradition and watch one Christmas movie a day beginning one or two weeks away from Christmas Day. Have a Happy Holiday Season and enjoy going to the movies at your homes.

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