It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time for festive traditions and lights, carolers, and Christmas trees. And for many, if not all of us, this is the time of year when Rudolph and Frosty grace our screens.
I have a low tolerance for watching movies at this time of year, if they aren't good Christmas movies. I get sick of some, and I think some are funny some years, and some years the humor offends me. Finally, it can get expensive and mind-numbing to watch all.the.Christmas.movies. And I know that's a temptation. My family tends to watch too many Christmas movies during the month of December. #justsayin'
Also, if you think about it, there are very few movies that you would watch *every single year* if they were not also Christmas movies. Right? I only re-watch my favorite movies once every couple years at the most. The purpose of this list is two-fold. First, it is to fill the void of "Here watch this" posts and instead make it more of a would-you-rather game, or at the very least, a "if you like C1, try Va Va Voom!" type deal, that you often see on deals for perfume at drugstores.
Instead, why not try watching the movies that you actually really want to watch?!
Here's my guide to Christmas movie choices, with a few provisos at the end:
~If you're sick of White Christmas, try watching Miracle on 34th St.
Two classics made at around the same time, they both stir wonder and sweetness in our hearts, and they're both child-friendly.
~If you're tired of Home Alone, try The Santa Clause
If you grew up in my generation, these two movies made the nineties better. They just did! I can't think of anyone more EPIC than Kevin Macallister, unless it is Tim Allen growing a beard over and over again, and trying to shave it to no avail. Try swapping the two of them out year-by-year. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is pretty cute, too. ;)
~If you're sick and tired of A Christmas Story, try watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Ok, granted they're not from the same year, but they both have some belly-aching-hilarious moments, and no one can offend you more than... well, both. ;)
~If you're tired of Elf, try How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
We all love Elf, and perhaps we're slightly tired of it? The Grinch might be a good replacement. Lesser known, Jugband Christmas has become my recent favorite Jim Henson Christmas movie, and it should be up there with these other classics.
~If you're tired of A Muppet Christmas Carol, try the new An Elf Story movie (the new movie inspired by "Elf on the Shelf"~ disclaimer: we don't do "Elf on the Shelf," but I don't judge if you if that's your thing or if it's right for your family!). We bought this and tried watching it about a week ago, and the kids went bananas over it. I watched to preview it, and it is a short, cute movie and not bad.
~If you're tired of A Charlie Brown Christmas, try Arthur Christmas
We all love that cute piano music, but when you get to the point where you can't listen to it again, try this charming British movie about three generations of Santas- a Santa dynasty--perfect for children! Children love Christmas movies- as they should- and both of these have their place, I think!
~If you're tired of A Christmas Carol, try The Polar Express
I think you could make a family movie night of either one of these, and I'm almost sure that they wouldn't be Poo-Poo'd.
~If you're sick of Scrooge, try It's a Wonderful Life
One proviso: Always watch: The Nutcracker!!!
nota bene: Please don't try to convince me that Harry Potter is a Christmas movie, or that The Nightmare Before Christmas is appropriate to watch every year with children.
P.S. While I was doing research, I stumbled across the following movies that you might want to bump into your pile of consideration:
A Very Brady Christmas
A Very Murray Christmas
The Bishop's Wife
Christmas in Connecticut
What about you? Which movies will you be watching this year?