Happy New Year! This list is going to be slightly different because I actually began watching Christmas movies in November. The day after Thanksgiving, while visiting family, we put on a couple of Christmas movies, including one I hadn’t seen yet.
Actually, I watched three movies between Thanksgiving and December 1st. I’m including them in this list because from (the day after) Thanksgiving to December 26th is the Christmas season.
Before December 1st
- White Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Trapped in Paradise
- Four Christmases
- Christmas Vacation
- A Christmas Story Christmas (again)
As you can see I watched more movies for Christmas than I did any other month of the year; except May. It helps that I watch a lot of Christmas movies with my family. I enjoyed A Christmas Story Christmas so much that I watched it a second time.
White Christmas and Scrooged are pretty much always on the list every year. In fact, I usually start off with White Christmas. Scrooged is my favorite re-imagining of A Christmas Carol which is why I watch it every year.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is, typically, a required viewing too and it’s so easy to fit in because it’s so short. If you’ve never seen Trapped in Paradise (1994), it’s a pretty entertaining movie. It stars Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, and Jon Lovitz as three brothers who rob a bank in a small town on Christmas Eve. Despite their best efforts they cannot seem to leave town.
There are a couple of movies I didn’t get to, which is fine. I like to mix things up. For example, the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim which is my favorite film of the traditional story.
Are there any Christmas movie traditions and/or “must watch” films in your family?
“The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.”
– Stanley Kubrick