Top Five Christmas Movies – 2008 Edition


I did this post last year, and I thought things might change over the course of the year. But they really haven’t. So I’m reposting them here for your critique and pleasure.

Christmas Vacation5. Christmas Vacation—Though I’ve seen this movie a dozen-plus times, it still makes me giggle. Cousin Eddie is one of the funniest characters ever penned, and Clark’s no-bonus blowup is absolutely golden. This is definitely a good background movie while you’re (or your wife is) setting up your Christmas decorations.

Wonderful Life4. It’s a Wonderful Life—I saw this movie for the first time last Christmas (unbelievable, I know). Though it gets a bit slow in parts, the payoff at the end is absolutely worth it. Stewart is brilliant, the little girl (everytime a bell rings…) isn’t. They should really consider showing Stewart’s performance more than hers when they talk about this movie. If you’re one of the few humans alive who haven’t seen this movie, do it.

Elf3. Elf—Classic Will Ferrell. If you like that, you’ll like this movie. If not, you’ll probably still find something to enjoy. The story is funny, heartwarming and appropriately cheesy. It’s a perfect movie for the whole family to watch together.

Love Actually2. Love Actually—Not only is this on my top Christmas movies list, it ranks in my “top movies of all time list.” If you don’t get the warm fuzzies from Liam Neeson and his son or Colin Firth and his love interest, it may very well be possible that you aren’t a human. Unfortunately, this movie isn’t perfect for the whole family to watch together—there is some unnecessary nudity. Fortunately, even that story ends up being cute.

Christmas Story1. Christmas Story—When you were growing up, did you have a movie that you loved, but you didn’t know anybody else who had even seen it? Princess Bride was one such movie—until I got to Harding, I didn’t know how many people worshiped it. Christmas Story is another such film. I absolutely loved it growing up, but I didn’t know it had mass appeal until TNT started running day-long marathons. The reason this flick is at the top of my list is because when I watch it, I still feel the same as when I was a wee child, exhausted after a morning of present-opening and new-toy-playing, laying on the floor, watching Ralphie and his quest for the official Red Ryder carbine-action 200 shot range model air rifle—and that’s a good feeling.

So, that’s my list. What did I leave out? What did I screw up? What’s your top five?

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  1. December 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    I think your list was very good, but I don’t think I love Love Actually. Good movie, but not my favorite. I know many would disagree. I think White Christmas is a classic that needs to be added! I also love Miracle on 34th street. I too didn’t see It’s a Wonderful Life until last year, but it is definitely a keeper. Merry Christmas!

  2. December 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    How can someone not love Love Actually?!?!

    White Christmas (and its doppleganger Holiday Inn) are two good choices indeed. I just haven’t seen them in a while. Out of sight, out of mind, you know?

    We watched Miracle on 34th St. last night, and while it is good, I’m just not sure it makes it onto my top 5.

    Thanks for the feedback Jessica!

  3. December 18, 2008 at 11:33 am — Reply

    This is a really good list.

    I would have 4 of the 5 on my list, for sure!

    But I would replace It’s a Wonderful Life with another great, American classic holiday movie:

    Jingle All the Way, starring our good friend and neighbor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This movie is hilarious and totally enjoyable. With the cast including Sinbad and Phil Hartman, it’s an absolute winner!


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Top Five Christmas Movies – 2008 Edition