Tuesday, December 4, 2012


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
White Christmas

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.


  1. Hey...guess what... I'm 51 and have never seen its a wonderful life....I say let's save it for when we really need it!!!! Love the blog!!!!

    1. Agreed! We've made it this far without it, and we're doing just fine.

  2. Totally agree with Love Actually - best holiday movie! Still never seen Elf, maybe this year...

    1. It really is!! Especially the Colin Firth storyline!

  3. My recommendation: How About You. I may be biased since I work in a nursing home, but I think it's wonderful. Oh, and A Midwinter's Tale, though it's not so much a Christmas movie as a movie that takes place at Christmas. Both British, both starring some great actors, and both a bit off the beaten path.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I do love British films (and TV, ahem, Downton) so I'll be sure to check them out.


  4. Oh, hey, you forgot my favorite -- "The Year Without a Santa Clause"! Heat Miser and Mr. Freeze!

    Santa and the Three Bears? Mr. Magoo?! ;^)

    Oh, dear, as many times as "Wonderful Life" is shown over and over...haha. I'm surprised,
    You have to have seen the original "Christmas Carole", right??!!

    1. I have seen A Christmas Carol on stage and screen. However, I think the muppet version was the best.

  5. I have never watched A Christmas Story all the way through. Just is not my thing, but love other Christmas movies!! Just found your blog from the mention over on Knitabulls podcast. Having a great time reading the back posts!

    1. Hello Penny! I am glad you found the blog. Have a nice holiday!


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