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favorite holiday movies

We love to watch holiday movies, especially while writing Christmas cards or working on handmade gifts. Any suggestions to add to our list?



  Kim wrote @

Karen, I think one of my new favorites is ELF……Really, I can’t wait to watch it again….

dumb as it is….but it’s really funny! Kim

  Julie wrote @

I hate to admit it, but I love A Christmas Story!

I also bought a good one from called Christmas Child.

Elf is hilarious, too. I wish Will Ferrel would be in more clean movies.

  Corrie wrote @

I like Elf, too! We watch this all throughout the year. Dumb humor is good once in a while!

I like Chevy Chase’s “Christmas Vacation” and the whole fried-cat and grandpa scene! And the Christmas lights and its unspoken competition between neighbors is hysterical. Oh, and when some odd relatives come for a visit and they empty their camper’s latrine in the city sewer!

Oh, and who can forget the up and coming classic, “A Christmas Story” about Ralphie who tries to convince everyone that he should get a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas and everyone tells him that “he’ll shoot his eye out”. I love the “leg lamp” scene as well as the hilariously familiar scene where Ralphie’s dad has to fix the furnace! Oh, and the very funny scene where Ralphie’s mom gets his brother to eat his food (Mommie’s little piggie).

The old movies are great, too. “Meet John Doe”, “Bishop’s Wife”, “Christmas Carol”, etc.

  thatmom wrote @

Hey, we watched Elf last night….I had never seen it before. (I have that Will Ferrell aversion.) It was so funny and I love Bob Newhart!

Of course I love White Christmas and Holiday Inn and An Affair to Remember has to be watched, too. We also really like Jingle All the Way…corny but it is what we call a “Promise Keeper” movie, you know, the ones where the dad realizes what he is missing by not having a relationship with his kids.

Probably my most favorite Christmas movie in recent years has been the Family Man. Just be sure you have a large box of Kleenex if you watch it!

  Jo wrote @

You absolutely must watch “Its A Wonderful Life”! Ever since I was a little girl my family and I have watched Jimmy Stewart walk the snow-strewn streets of Bedford Falls and watch him grow from little boy to young man, husband and father, and since we only watch it once a year, it holds a very special place in my heart.
Beautiful story, moral and memories to be made!
– Jo

  Susan T wrote @

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s Christmastime Again Charlie Brown, A Christmas Carol (George C Scott version), Little Women- 1994, animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and second all of the above, except Elf- haven’t seen that one. Also, we loved The Nativity Story and we still love Veggietales and Storykeepers, oh, and The Andy Griffith Show first season Christmas show. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  Cindy Kunsman wrote @

It’s a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite movie, I think. When I worked night shift, I would play the video in my room so that I wouldn’t hear unpredictable noises in the house during the day and get awake. I would bet that I can, with minimal prompting, quote a large portion of the film.

I was overjoyed a couple of years ago when I found Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol on DVD. It used to be on constantly, all weekend, when I was a kid. Then it went away. The music is so good!! I believe that I heard that the score was written by whoever wrote the broadway play, “Funny Girl.” Regardless, I was thrilled to find this favorite that all but disappeared from UHF/non-network, weekend TV during the holidays.

  TulipGirl wrote @

My absolute favorite is White Christmas–we had all the songs memorized at a young age.

I also feel really sentimental about the stop-action cartoons like “Frosty the Snowman.”

We’ve already queued up our list on!

  Deanne wrote @

My family’s ABSOLUTE fave is “Its a wonderful life” the complete black and white version–of course 🙂
Although we do enjoy the first Santa Claus movie with TIm Allen.
Karen, I must THANK YOU for the recommendation of “The Computer wore tennis shoes” I recently got it from Netflix and thought my Jackson would die laughing (plus he kept walking around the house looking for an open computer and lightening –LOL) It was great fun.
Love Deanne

  thatmom wrote @

Deanne, Jackson would also really like the sequel to it called “Now You See HIm Now You Don’t” and another Kurt Russel favorite The Barefoot Executive. We also really like Dick VanDyke in another old Disney movie called “Never a Dull Moment” and Tommy Kirk in “Merlin Jones” and “A Monkey’s Uncle.” None of them are Christmas movies but they are hilarious.

  Kate wrote @

1. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a family must-see each Christmas season:
— my daughter can do an excellent George Bailly impersonation 😉 George: “Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!” Potter: “And happy New Year to you! In JAIL that is!”

2. The first “The Santa Clause” movie w/Tim Allen:
— Charlie: “Dad, It IS Santa! You killed him!”
Scott Calvin: “Did not! And he’s not Santa.”
Charlie: “Well, he was.”
— Scott Calvin: “He’s naked somewhere.”
— Scott Calvin: “But what do I do if I fall off a roof?!”

3. the movie, “Elf” is a fun movie:

— “elves’ four basic food groups, candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup”


Our family likes White Christmas, and my husband and I will get a guilty pleasure from watching “Christmas Vacation” once in awhile. It’s so painful(ly funny) to watch, though.

  thatmom wrote @

Oh, I remembered this morning the holiday movie I fell in love a couple years ago…not a family movie, but one for grown-ups….The Last Holiday. Gotta love Queen Latifa’s character, a women who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and decides to live out her last days by embracing life.

  corriejo wrote @

Karen, I like “Family Man”, too. Tea Leoni and Nicholas Cage are two of my favorite actors.

Tulip Girl, I am with you on the Christmas cartoons. I still cry when Frosty melts in the greenhouse even though I know he is going to come back to life. It brings me right back to when I was 8 years old! I have been tempted to invest in them since they are available in a packaged set at Sam’s and the like.

I just put “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” in our Netflix Queu.

A new movie to keep your eye out for that is coming out on Christmas day is “The Great Debaters” with Denzel Washington. It is about an all-black debate team from Harvard (I think?). It looks really, really good and inspiring. One of those movies like Mr. Holland’s Opus. It is based on a true story from the 30’s.

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