Monday, December 1, 2008

Best Christmas Movies

Each holiday, people look for something that they can do together as a family. They want to find a tradition that they can pass on to their children. Spending the day opening presents and watching Christmas movies is a great way to spend time, and it helps bring the family together. This tradition can even be followed if you have guests staying for the holidays. And although some of these may not be appropriate choices for when the kids are awake, these kind of Christmas movies can be watched after the kids fall asleep. In this lens you will find some Christmas films, with a short description of each.

This is one of the most beloved movies in film history. It is very uplifting, and while can be viewed at anytime for a boost, it always has been part of my family's Christmas Eve tradition.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Don't let the animation fool you, this is as much a movie for adults as it is for children. The classical score and the witty dialogue combine to make this one of the most sophisticated cartoons and one of my most cherished Christmas traditions.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without this all-time family classic. While the stop-motion animation seems just a wee-bit antiquated, everything else about "Rudolph" remains timeless.

The Santa Clause

This is one Christmas movie that you would want to add to your collection. It has a mixture of fun and excitment. This is truly a holiday tradition.

White Christmas
White Christmas remains the all-time classic Christmas movie, apart from It's A Wonderful Life. Featuring a fantastic cast and a superb Irving Berlin score, it's a heartwarming and lavish musical.

Holiday Inn
Althought this takes place throughout the year, it begins and ends at Christmas time. The story is simple, the romance straight forward, and the acting superb. Holiday Inn is a joy!

Frosty the Snowman
This delightful 1969 animation based on the popular song is a holiday treat that many of us grew up watching, and now we can share it with our children.

A Christmas Carol (1951)
Somehow, across the years, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his three ghosts has been transformed from it's spooky roots to light-hearted family fare. Scrooge is not so much evil, as grumpy. The ghost's tend to amuse rather than frighten.

Christmas in Connecticut
Barbara Stanwyck shines in this warm, charming and funny Christmas classic. Christmas in Connecticut may not get mentioned as often as Holiday Inn or White Christmas, but you'll find yourself watching it every December after seeing it for the first time.

A Christmas Story
This movie remains so fresh with each viewing, it is easy to forget that it is almost twenty years old. Told from Ralphie's viewpoint, these are the Christmas reminiscences of an adult whose pre-teen Christmas wish is a BB-gun that adults discouraged with the phrase "You'll shoot your eye out."