Let me say up front: I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday, my favorite time of year even, which considering my idea of a perfect life involves a beach and constant 70-80 degree weather with not a snowflake in the sky, is a pretty big deal. It means it makes me THAT happy. I like most Christmas music, I like the trees and decorations and all that jazz.
But I find when it comes to talking about Christmas movies, I feel more like Scrooge.
Side note before I continue: To be fair, there are also a lot of classic Christmas movies I still have yet to see, or have not seen in a long time, and who knows, maybe I’d like them! If a movie isn’t mentioned, it probably falls into that category.
Classic Christmas movies that I either dislike or think are just meh:
– It’s A Wonderful Life
– Holiday Inn
– Every iteration of A Christmas Carol (that I have seen and remembered, at least), except one (which will be mentioned later)
– How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Here’s the list of Christmas movies I like pretty well and am happy if I happen to catch them:
– A Christmas Story
– Home Alone
– White Christmas
– The Santa Clause
– The Holiday
Now here are the ones I like enough to merit annual viewings:
– The Polar Express
– A Charlie Brown Christmas/ It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
– Santa Clause 2
– A Muppet Christmas Carol
That’s right folks, my favorite Christmas movies involve obnoxious kids going to the North Pole, obnoxious kids bossing around poor Charlie Brown, a sequel with big plot holes, and a classic that I generally dislike but I apparently like when done with puppets. And I like all these movies MUCH MORE than It’s A Wonderful Life.
(Does George Bailey really have to be so whiny? Does he really have to yell at his kids? Really?!)
I’m not sure what this says about me… I’m not sure if I want to know.
Or maybe it just means I want to keep my Christmas light-hearted.
I’ll go with that… I mean, I don’t like all the drama in Holiday Inn. You saw my aforementioned problems with ol’ George. The Grinch makes me sad, and I just have a hard time believing Scrooge would change so drastically so quickly just because of the ghosts, not to mention that the past and future ghosts are WAY CREEPY.
Just give me some music and good times.
Now, non-Christmas movies where Christmas is part of the movie and/or plays a large role is a whole other story. Maybe I’ll blog about those before the month is up.
What are your favorite Christmas movies? Are you a lover of all the classics and are totally offended by my Christmas movie preferences? Or are you a fan of more unconventional choices?