It’s cold. Santa’s getting closer. Time off for the holidays so that means it’s Christmas movie time.
So here’s some great ones to line up for a double feature or triple feature if you start during the day. Or, heck, two double feature or triple feature nights. Some like to do it Christmas eve then Christmas day. Or, how about Christmas movies all December long! No matter what, here are some must-sees.
You have to watch at least one of the many ‘Christmas Carol’ versions. Try some different ones like “Scrooged” with Bill Murray. A comic twist on a classic Christmas tale of finding the goodness that should be, should have been and now will be. The other different one is the musical “Scrooge” with Albert Finney. The music is good. It’s definitely broadway music so be forewarned. Tells the story great with a bit of humor, introspection, lots of emotions ending with a good one.
Another non-traditional is the Griswald’s “A Christmas Vacation”. Make sure the kids are little older. It’s one funny movie wrapped in a classic Chevy Chase bow.
Then there’s a “Christmas Story” with Ralphie. Another clever and humorous twist on the joy of Christmas as a little boy. Someone didn’t secure the rights to that movie so it is played on a 24-hour rotation on some channels so that’s an easy one to get.
Another easy one to get on TV is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. They obviously didn’t secure the rights there either so take advantage of that classic. It’s played a billion times over for a reason.
Then you can lump some of the cartoon classics together for one sitting with the kids. That’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Another odd but good one is the “Nightmare Before Christmas”. It’s a cult classic that has become a true classic. It’s as much of a Halloween movie as a Christmas movie. A very unique story, strange and lovable Halloween monster characters and great music.
You can go goofy with “Elf”, “Home Alone” and “The Santa Clause” or when the kids are in bed go a little raunchy with “Bad Santa”.
These are just a few of great Christmas movies. Some obvious, some not. But make sure the movie event has some popcorn, hot chocolate and other goodies. Some warm blankets, pillows, puppies and kitties on the couch in major comfy clothes and even a fire roarin’ in the fire place.
You can start by having pancakes for dinner as a prelude. That also makes it easier for Mommy and Daddy to spike their orange juice to slide into a great family Christmas movie event.