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I did a post on my favorite Christmas movies years ago, but thought I’d do an updated edition today, and just narrow it down to my top five. I love movies in general, but I especially love Christmas movies. There is something about them that makes the season more magical and alive to me. Be prepared to make some hot chocolate, ignore the studying you told yourself you would do, and get cozy with a great film!
I know, I know. This is such a typical choice, but with good reason. It’s a Wonderful Life ranks as one of my top favorite movies in general, so of course it’s also one of my favorite Christmas films. I think there are two things that stand out to me about this one: first, the script. It’s absolutely stellar. Second, Jimmy Stewart’s acting. I can’t think of another movie character who feels as well rounded and real to me as George Baily.
2. The Holiday
I like to think of The Holiday as a classic rom-com done well. Sure it’s cheesy and predictable, but I wouldn’t want it to be anything less. It has a character who composes film music, Kate Winslet as an English journalist, cottages, tea, and a Hans Zimmer score. I couldn’t ask for much more.
White Christmas is just plain fun if you ask me. Danny Kaye is hilarious, the music is phenomenal, and the Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby love story is one of my favorites. Also, as a lover of all things vintage, the costumes and settings are good for my soul.
4. Little Women
While not technically a Christmas film, Little Women is one my sisters and I pull out every holiday season. We make tea and work on Christmas knitting all while swooning over Laurie, cheering on Jo, and arguing over whether or not Professor Bhaer should be considered cool. (I’m in the “yes he is cool” camp if you were wondering.)
I’ve actually surprised myself with this one! Eloise at Christmastime is a made for TV film based off of Kay Thompson’s mid-century children’s books. The film is hilarious, well acted, and takes place in New York City. It also features Julie Andrews as the Nanny! My family watches this one together every Christmas, and it has become close to my heart.
What are your favorite Christmas films? I’d love to hear!
*Thanks to a certain friend who might read this, and who got me thinking about my favorite Christmas movies! :)*