These are my top 5 Christmas movies in order from least to most.
5. A Christmas Story
I admit I have a love/hate relationship with this movie. I love the storyline and the nostalgia of the 1940's along with the anachorisms in this movie since it was released in 1983 around 40 years after the setting of the story. I really do not like how pretty much they portrayed everyone as an asshole from the teacher, to the brother, to Santa, the father, the elves, the other students etc.... It seems like aside from Ralphie there were no really likeable characters in "A Christmas Story". I also did not like that they seemed to treat the younger brother better than Ralphie although that is real life sometimes. I also don't understand how small things nowdays were bigger deals back then such as: Getting a C plus on a writing assignment. Nowadays most would consider theirselves lucky to get a C or higher grade hell, even a D is passing nowdays. Letting a bad word slip out, nowadays we don't really even care. So yeah I love "A Christmas Story", but hate it too.
4. The Grinch
I admit I like both versions of "The Grinch". Though I do favor the storyline and acting in the second one because of Jim Carrey, I like the Mr. Grinch song from the 60's cartoon version better. Although the Cindy Lou Who in the modern version is older than the cartoon version, I feel she portrays a more in depth, sympathetic to the Grinch character compated to the cartoon. The modern version actually goes more in depth to the background of everything which is what I like.
3. Jingle All the Way
This is one of my favorites of all time because I laughed so hard at this as a kid. As I got older I started to realize how much the movie is more about mass consumerism and the fact that anymore people are so rushed at Christmastime like any other time of the year. The father is always busy and never makes time for his kid or wife. Then the hottest selling toy of the year comes out so he is in a mad rush to find it. Meanwhile the neighborhood "nice guy" is flirting with his wife and most of the women in the neighborhood if not the entire city of Minneapolis. "Jingle All the Way" I remember came out in the mid 90's after or right at the time of the Tickle Me Elmo craze.
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is an instant classic for sure. The music, the tree, everything in this movie is magical. This is one movie I have to watch at Christmastime no matter what! I love the music in this movie as well as the classic dance scene. The tree is so cool. Snoopy is just awesome! Plus the Linus and Lucy theme has become a standard on Christmas music playlists everywhere! This movie would have been #1 if it wasn't for this last movie coming up.
1. Christmas Vacation
"Christmas Vacation" is the funniest of all Christmas movies! I lose it everytime Chevy Chase goes into his rant when his bonus is delivered. The cousin played by Randy Quaid really makes this movie too. I really love the lights scene, the cat in the Christmas tree, the turkey deflating, and the rant scene most of all, this whole movie to me is just so damn funny.
So what are your top holiday movies?
Feel free to list them below!