As soon as all the Thanksgiving dishes are cleaned and put away, the Christmas movie season begins. Classics are run for 24 hours on television stations, old DVDs are pulled from the archives, and small independent theaters hold special showings for the most dedicated of fans. Watching Christmas movies is part of what makes the season so fun, and with so many greats to choose from, it's hard to narrow down which Christmas movies to watch before December 25 and which you can leave out of the rotation.
When it comes to Christmas flicks, everyone has their favorites. Whether it's a nostalgic animated movie you've watched every year since you were a kid, or a new favorite that is pee-your-pants hilarious, there is something undeniably comforting about settling into your coziest couch corner and get caught up in a Christmas movie. But you don't have a lot of time to spare during he holiday season. Between shopping for gifts, baking batches upon batches of cookies, and traveling to and from parties, you are limited in which movies you can watch. To maximize your Christmas movie viewings, you'll have to narrow it down to the must-watch holiday films.
So before the clock strikes 12 on December25, reserve a few nights to watch some of these classic Christmas movies.
I always kick off the holiday season with a post-Thanksgiving dinner viewing of Elf. Buddy is the ultimate Christmas enthusiast and believer in all things Santa. It's the perfect flick to get you in the holiday spirit.
2'A Christmas Story'
A Christmas Story teaches viewer to never, ever put our tongue on a frozen pole and that fragile is pronounced frah-gee-lay, in Italian.
3'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'
Clark Griswold just wants to give him family the perfect Christmas, but he just has to overcome a few obstacles to do it. Surely you'll be able to relate.
4'The Polar Express'
The Polar Express will restore everyone's belief in the magic of Christmas. And you can follow it up with a reading of the beloved book.
Kevin lives out every kids' fantasy of having the house to yourself and fighting of bad guys with brilliant, elaborate booby traps.
6'Frosty The Snowman'
This classic is Christmas movie gold, a sure way to make any night feel warm and fuzzy.
The perfect Christmas rom-com, Love Actually makes you wish every one came to the door with secret love notes.
8'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'
Nothing makes more sense at Christmas than seeing the Grinch's heart grow three times its size.
9'Sleepless In Seattle'
Just because it doesn't have Christmas in the title doesn't mean it's not a holiday movie. Curl up with your special someone and watch Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan find love in the most Nora Ephron way.
10'A Muppet Christmas Carol'
You can't let the season slip by without watching the best millionaire makeover of all time, especially when it's done in Muppet form.
We rarely hear about Santa's family members. Get a look into the life of Saint Nick's sibling with this Vince Vaughn holiday comedy.
12'It's A Wonderful Life'
There's a reason this classic has been making believers of viewers for so many years. You just can't beat the black and white charm.
Even the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future can't help but have fun with Bill Murray.
14'A Madea Christmas'
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas will have you rolling on the floor with Christmas laughter.