Best Christmas movies of all time

Best Christmas movies of all time

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

While I do admit that I am particularly fond of the Hallmark Channel’s made-for-cable movie about the blogger/publicity specialist who earns special recognition from Santa and his much cuter friend, I also have a few favorite Christmas movies that will probably never appear on the Hallmark channel. 


Here’s a list of a few of my favorite Christmas movies. What are your favorite Christmas movies from back in the day and why? What’s the best Christmas movie out this year.


So, without any further ado other aside from the Animal from the Muppet show drum roll, here are my fave Christmas movie picks from when I was a kid. 


Here are a few of my absolute favorite Christmas movies:


Christmas Vacation

Nothing beats Clark Griswold putting up Christmas lights and impressing his friends and family with his unbeatable Christmas love and spirit. Chevy Chase’s cluelessness as Clark Griswold shows him as the most lovable dad of all time. 


Miracle on 34th Street

The idea that Santa Clause can appear in court is pretty awesome as is the idea that Christmas spirit extends past just buying and shopping. Magic is provable with Miracle on 34th Street. 


A Christmas Story

In A Christmas Story, all poor young Ralphie wants for Christmas is a bb gun, which is hopefully something that we don’t all have to relate to. The lesson of the movies are simple: be careful what you wish for and never, ever, ever do a triple-dog-dare just because someone asks you to. 


Will Ferrell, who is about 9 feet tall plays a giant Elf returned home to New York. Need I say more? Elf is a kid-pleaser that sentimental adults will fall in love with, too. Elf’s lesson is that we should be nice to kids of all ages. 

Bad Santa

Billy Bob Thornton is the baddest Santa ever. He drinks, he picks up moms, and he doesn’t listen to kids. Holiday store hiring managers should note that Santa Clauses should not be carrying flasks with them at all times. That said, the capers of Bad Santa and Billy Bob Thornton’s strange kind of charm remind us why Angelina Jolie might have once been in love with him in the first place. 


What other movies should be on this list? Do you have any special favorites to add to the list of Christmas favorites?