Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Ten Essential Christmas Movies (UPDATE: Eleven!)

The old Love, Actually debate cropped up on my Twitter timeline this morning, which made me start a list of the movies I must watch each Christmas. There are plenty of others I like, or even love, but these are my top ten that make Christmas complete. (I think. I feel like I'm forgetting something. What am I forgetting?) The order is alphabetical; if it were by preference, White Christmas would be first, but after that I don't want to try to rank them. What are yours?

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
  • Goodfellas
  • The Holiday
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The original. Don't come near me with that new abomination.)
  • Little Women
  • Love, Actually
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Nutcracker (Baryshnikov)
  • White Christmas

EDITED TO ADD: I can't believe I forgot You've Got Mail!


  1. I love the Mr. Magoo version of A Christmas Carol, and I always try to watch "The Trouble with Angels" starring Haley Mills and Rosalind Russell at Christmas.

  2. I find the (old school) Grinch and Charlie Brown Christmas to be essential Christmas viewing as well as Love, Actually. Evidently am a sucker for almost any version of A Christmas Carol. That's right, I'll watch the stupidest, most god-awful version of anything that approximates A Christmas Carol. This is an embarrassing flaw in my character that I'm still coming to terms with.

  3. Little Women - both the new, post-modern feminist version with Gabriel Byrne, and the old one with Katherine Hepburn. Scrooge with Alastair Sim. The Muppet Family Christmas - the original, unedited version, that I still have recorded on a VHS tape with the commercials "paused" out, not the shortened DVD version that Disney released which is a lame travesty.

    1. I love Muppet Family Christmas as well! But I no longer have a VCR, so I'm stuck with the DVD version.