Thursday, December 12, 2019

Favorite Christmas Movies

The holiday season is here, and I've been watching Christmas movies. Here's a top five list of my all-time favorites (ones I've seen at least twice. You can also read about some Hallmark-style Christmas movies I watched last year here):

A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
I love the Muppets. This musical take on the Dickens' classic is pure Muppet fun, with Gonzo narrating, Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Scrooge. My son and I end up singing along every year.

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White Christmas (1954)
A cheery post-WWII musical starring Bing Crosby, the delightful Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and dancer Vera Ellen, with a great supporting cast. Memorable songs and colorful costumes abound.

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The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Cary Grant. For me, more doesn't need to be said, but Monty Wooley, David Niven, Elsa Lanchester, and Loretta Young all turn in enjoyable performances in this inspirational holiday movie.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Maureen O'Hara, a young Natalie Wood, and John Payne are fun to watch, and Edmund Gwenn stars in a performance that had young me convinced he was Santa Claus.

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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Delightfully snarky and witty, Monty Wooley and Bettie Davis star in this not-quite Christmas movie that my sister and I watch every year. It has snappy dialogue, a great cast, and a sweet insta-love romance.

What are your holiday favorites?


  1. Replies
    1. JanJan, Agreed! If I'd written this in 2020, that would've been on here instead of the Muppets.