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Top 10: Christmas movies

A still from Home Alone, courtesy of Flickr user clactonradio
A still from “Home Alone,” courtesy of Flickr user clactonradio

The holiday season is simply the greatest time of the year. Who doesn’t love turning on the radio the day after Thanksgiving to hear your favorite Christmas songs? And of course, let’s not forget ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Here are, in my personal opinion, the top 10 Christmas movies of all time.

10. White Christmas

Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney’s mom), this musical is a holiday classic and staple at my great-aunt’s house. It offers the best of both worlds: a 1950’s musical and holiday movie in one, and was infamously mentioned by Clark Griswold during his freak-out in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

9. The Year Without a Santa Claus

As a child, I had a weird affinity for puppet/claymation movies, and this classic is no exception. Santa decides to take a vacation instead of delivering  presents, and it’s up to two elves to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet Heat Miser and his brother Snow Miser, possibly the most original Christmas villains in a movie yet.

8. Jingle All the Way

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is action-movie-meets-Christmas-movie in all its glory. Arnold, as Howard Langston, dreams to get his son Christmas’s toy of the year, Turbo Man. Can he do the impossible? You’ll have to watch it to find out!

7. The Polar Express

I read The Polar Express over and over again as a child, so when it became a movie, you could say I was very happy. This movie will have you wishing the Polar Express gave your house a visit on Christmas Eve, and the fact that almost all the characters are voiced by Tom Hanks is just an added bonus.

6. It’s a Wonderful Life

An uplifting story of a suicidal man looking back on his life with the help of Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, It’s a Wonderful Life has inspired many other holiday films since. It’s a classic, and if you haven’t seen it, you simply haven’t fully experienced Christmas yet.

5. Home Alone

The McCallister family is going to Paris for the Christmas holiday, but accidentally leaves Kevin behind. On Christmas Eve, Kevin has to protect his house and fight off burglars, and ultimately receives help from an unlikely source: the seemingly creepy shovel-wielding neighbor, and of course the Godfather. If you’ve ever felt like the forgotten child, this movie is for you.

4. A Christmas Story

I wait all year to watch AMC’s A Christmas Story marathon on Christmas day for a reason. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun, but everyone keeps telling him “You’ll shoot your eye out.” The stress of having everyone object to the number one item on his Christmas list really gets to Ralphie, and he snaps at bully Scut Farkus and yells out “fudge” (of course, he didn’t actually say fudge) in front of his father. I’m sure we can all relate.

3. Elf

Elf tells the inspiring tale of an elf named Buddy, played by Will Ferrell, who learns he’s actually a human and goes to New York City in search of his real father, spreading Christmas cheer along the way.

2. The Grinch

The Grinch hates Christmas, making everyone in Whoville hate him—except for a little Who named Cindy Lou Who. Despite her efforts, the Grinch, played by Jim Carrey, still steals Christmas. After hearing the Whos singing, the Grinch has a change of heart and finds joy and love. The Grinch will make you laugh and cry, and get you in the holiday spirit.

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

In my all-time favorite Christmas movie, Clark W. Griswold is out to make this the perfect Griswold family Christmas, but much goes wrong as relatives and his boss keep ruining it. This movie is hilarious, from the opening scene to the end credits. Most importantly, though, the Griswolds will make your family seem way less dysfunctional this holiday season.


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