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Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever


Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s time to unfold the “Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever” list.

And what could go more amazingly with a hot mug of hot cocoa than your preferred holiday movie? (Besides whipped cream, of course.)

It’s time to hit the halls, all while consuming precious quality time with the ones we love. That’s why I’ve collected my top 5 Christmas movies ever, a true testament to only the happiest of feel-good family films.

5. The Polar Express (2004)

While I’ve never met a character who hasn’t at least somewhat enjoyed The Polar Express as a movie, I’m sure there are lots of Scrooges out there who completely hated it. I, on the other hand, saw it as a great evolution from a children’s book to feature film, comparable in quality to a few others, like 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was published in the same year.

The Polar Express, delivered by film great Robert Zemeckis, also owned an amazing score composed of original music by Alan Silvestri, as well as the absolutely moving track “Believe” by Josh Groban (which can be heard in the end credits).

The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express (2004)

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

At my home growing up, not a single Christmas period was full without watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at least one time in that particular year. We even had it on the DVD; which was, of course, the full, uncensored version of the film, and hence a whole lot more pleasure to watch than the bleeped-out TV edit. But, I digress.

Clark Griswold’s irresponsible antics are hilarious, and this is one movie that I wholeheartedly consider everyone should watch at least once during their lifetimes. It’s one of the all-time great comedies, merry season or not. Not only does it represent the importance of friends, family, and tradition throughout the holidays, but it also represents, with quite a several laughs to go around, the tale of a man who tries just a little too hard to provide the Griswolds with “the complete family Christmas”.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

3. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Try and tell me you don’t recall Snow Miser and his hot-headed brother, Heat Miser, and I’ll dare you to say it repeatedly. Why? Because, normally, you’d be lying. No, I’m not talking about that terrible live-action TV movie from 2006; I’m talking about the unique Year Without a Santa Claus. We’re talkin’ stop motion animation here!

The Year Without a Santa Claus was perpetually my favorite animated Christmas movie as a child. Even stronger so than Rudolph, or Frosty, or Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (another made-for-TV stop motion movie you may recognize). Something about the music and the story captivated me in a way I can’t explain. Try and tell me you didn’t cry when Santa Claus declared he was catching a vacation that year, and I’ll just call you a liar again.

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

2. Elf (2003)

Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining, most heart-warming Christmas movies to date. Will Ferrell’s innocent wonder in concerns to the scenes and sounds of New York City make this movie, and I’m positively not ashamed to include it among my top five favorites. The elf was an instantaneous classic, and even die-hard festival haters will want to watch this movie again and again.

While I’m certain I’ll get loads of backlash for adding this movie on my list, I’ll just put it bluntly for the enemies: If you don’t like Elf, not even a little bit, then you’re a cotton-headed ninny muggins for sure.

Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

1. A Christmas Story (1983)

“A Christmas story” deservedly tops the “Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever” list.

Because no quote eternally in holiday history is more important than, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” Ralphie needed an official Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred shot range type air rifle, and, by golly, he got his wish. Along the way, he confronted bullies, insane Santas, teachers, crummy Ovaltine commercials, leg lamps, and the dreaded bunny nighties; trials similar to those we all suffered as children. But he sure as fudge made it.

The best thing about A Christmas Story? It’s a timeless classic. And it will always be a timeless classic. That’s why it’s the number one film on my list, and it will always continue there. Even despite the 24/7 marathons, we are required to handle each and every year.

A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story (1983)

So, there you have it. The “Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever”. Keep in mind that there were several more I desired to add to this list, but I could only pick five. And keep in mind, no matter what movies you see this holiday season, always be sure to keep the family close.

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