Christmas movies are the best.
I really love the holidays. I mean, I really love the holidays. Also, I have been known to enjoy a movie or two or ten. You are now probably making the connection that this post will be about holiday movies. When you combine my love for the holidays with my love of movies, well, things get a little crazy. And sparkly. And warm, cheerful, and egg noggy. I decided to compile a list (a la David Letterman) of my top ten favorite holiday movies. Now, I do reserve the right to adjust the ranking at any time, depending on my mood, the weather, or my knitting projects at hand. I mean, who can knit colorwork during a comedy?
So here's my list... With my two cents, naturally
10. Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell may not be one of my favorite actors, but Zooey Deschanel's singing really makes up for it here!
9. Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007)
In 2007, they finally put this amazing show on DVD, which I bought promptly. The Radio City Rockettes doing the March of the Wooden Soldiers is one of my favorite memories of Christmas when I was younger. Oh yeah... BEST. KICKLINE. EVER.
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Another classic! Oh, Charlie.
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Growing up, I identified with Herbie the outcast elf more than I'd care to mention...
6. Home Alone (1990)
Culkin perfection. Also, I could listed to Catherine O'Hara scream any day. She's marvelous.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Boris Karloff's spooky voice makes this my choice for best narration ever!
4. Christmas Vacation (1986)
Okay, I really feel the need outline the entire movie here. Seriously, folks. It never stops. From Snots to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the lights to the turkey, the grandparents to the mailman. I love it all.
3. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
3 words... Horses. Horses. Horses.
2. The Family Stone (2005)
The only thing wrong with Diane Keaton is nothing.
1. Love, Actually (2003)
Oh yes, this is THE one. Laughter, tears, laughter through tears. All in London. At Christmas. It's perfect.
I really should mention, though, that there are some CLASSIC Christmas movies that I've never seen...
Miracle on 34th Street
It's a Wonderful Life
The Polar Express
I know, I know. I really should have seen these, but I just haven't. It should also be said that the first time I watched A Christmas Story I was 29, and I didn't love it. At least not as much as everyone said I should. So that's that.