Happy Christmas Eve Darlings!
So I had the idea that this year, instead of just telling you all what MY favorite Christmas movies are, I would reach out to the world of social media via Facebook and Instagram and ask my friends and followers what THEIR favorite holiday movies are. I loved this way of doing things…but I will say right now that the Top 5 didn’t work out to one movie per ranking…we had a lot of ties this year! So without further ado, I now present to you the Top 5 Christmas Movies of 2016 (according to about 20 people haha.)
1. ELF (2003)
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but Elf garnered the top spot pretty easily. I personally have never met anyone who doesn’t love this movie and who can’t quote it extensively. (SANTAAAAAA! I know him!) Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf, who leaves the North Pole after finding out he is a human and goes to New York to meet his real father. The cast is wonderful and includes James Caan, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen, and Zooey Deschanel. This movie is charming, funny, heart-warming and full of Christmas cheer–exactly what you could want in a movie. Also, I’m generally grinning like a kid throughout the whole thing, so there’s that.
2. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
While my heart belongs with the original animated version of the Grinch, my sister and I both agreed that this live-action version with Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, the little Who searching for the true meaning of Christmas and Jim Carrey as the Grinch himself is very aesthetically pleasing. Also, Taylor Momsen is adorable, especially when singing “Where Are You Christmas” (a song I think we can all relate to at some point in our lives) and Jim Carrey, of course, has some humorous moments. Plus, major shoutout to Anthony Hopkins for narrating throughout the film with the original lines from the book.
3. HOME ALONE (1990)
This is a favorite of my family’s (in fact we’re watching it while I type this) and I think it’s safe to say this one goes down as classic. After his family leaves for a big trip and forgets him at home, a little boy has to take care of himself and his home. Awesome. Who doesn’t remember the scenes when Kevin (played by a young Macaulay Culkin) is defending his house from intruders? If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it, but go watch it right now and enjoy. Also, and this is something I’m just realizing during this current viewing, but the dialogue is really great. That’s John Hughes for ya!
4. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)
We have four films tied for 4th place so I’m going to keep this short–this movie is hilarious and Chevy Chase is fantastic and my entire family watches this every Christmas Day and laughs like crazy every time. In fact, I knew that it wasn’t meant to be with one of my exes because he didn’t find this movie funny. I mean, what? So this isn’t as short as I had planned but who cares, go watch this movie, if only for Chevy Chase’s lunatic rant towards the end. You’re welcome.
4. THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)
Another good one (although, honestly, I think they’re all good) featuring Tim Allen as man who accidentally becomes Santa Clause. This premise works well and this movie has been a long-time fan favorite. I think one of my favorite aspects of this one is simply watching Allen’s character change into Santa and accept his new role and get all wise and such.
4. LOVE ACTUALLY
Okay. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. An ensemble movie, featuring some of the best British actors, set during the Christmas season? HELL YES. Funny, dramatic, romantic, heart-warming…this one has it all. Plus, Hugh Grant dancing to Jump! (For My Love) makes my life every time I watch it. I got the chance to see it in a theatre this season and it was AMAZING and I think I want to watch it again right now.
4. (Final one-yes!) A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
So I won’t lie–I wouldn’t personally put this one in my top 5. I will say though, that after having to watch it year after year (sometimes more than once) with my family, it has grown on me a bit and I can see why it is so well-loved. Ralphie being forced to wear the bunny suit is one of my favorite parts, hands down.
5. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)
This is so much more than a children’s movie. Its subject matter deals with bullying and feeling like an outcast, but deciding to be yourself in the end (and also saving Christmas at the same time) so all that is pretty cool. Plus the songs are great and almost everyone I know mentions this one and how much they love it.
(How cute is Rudolph with his red nose though?!)
5. THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)
The final entry in the Top 5 rankings! I first saw this one only a couple of years ago and when I began watching it I was like eh…and by the end I was in tears. Sounds about right. What did it for me was the music. Songs such as “Believe” by Josh Groban are interspersed with a score by Alan Silvestri and it’s just beautiful. I haven’t had a chance to watch it this season, but it’s definitely on my list for next season.
I wanted to include an Honorable Mention list and include all of the film titles that didn’t make the top 5 that were mentioned when I asked people what their favorites were. They are:
- Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Die Hard
- Miracle on 34th Street
- The Holiday
- White Christmas
- Holiday Inn
- The Bishop’s Wife
- Christmas in Connecticut
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Christmas with the Kranks
- Holiday in Handcuffs
- A Christmas Carol
- Eloise at Christmastime
- Last Holiday
- Meet Me in St. Louis
Whew! We made it! Thanks for sticking around to the end. What are your favorite holiday movies?
I wish everyone the happiest of holidays and if I don’t get a post up before New Year’s, a Happy New Year as well! Love and light to you all!