It’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: My Must See List of Christmas Movies. Holiday movies, no matter how cheesy, are such a great way to get into the spirit of the season. That’s why certain networks show non-stop holiday movies this time of year. I’ll admit to watching just about every cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie on Lifetime and ABC Family too. Different people have different movies they gravitate towards for different reasons. Here are my favorite holiday movies and the reasons why I gravitate to them.
The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
I adore the Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I’ve actually always been a fan of the story and grew up watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol (where Uncle Scrooge is Scrooge – perfect right?). And while I still watch Mickey’s version every year, the Muppet’s has supplanted Mickey as my favorite version (no offense to George C. Scott which is still an amazing version too). I love singing the songs and because of that I have to watch this on Christmas Eve every year.
“After all, there’s only more sleep ‘til Christmas Day…”
He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special
I don’t know how many people are aware of this gem (gem is definitely an overstatement). It’s cheesy and silly and actually pretty bad, but I love it. I grew up watching She-Ra (and He-Man) and have always loved how strong She-Ra was. And as adults, my sister and I get together every year to drink wine and watch this. It’s not really the Christmas season until we’ve had this kick-off (which also now includes Merry Madagascar too).
Christmas with the Kranks
There was a time when my family was catching a movie in the theater on Thanksgiving. One year we saw Toy Story 2 and another year we saw Christmas with the Kranks. This movie will always have a place in my heart because it couldn’t be more like my parents unless my parents were actually filmed. We all sat in that movie theater watching this movie and looking incredulously at each other because of the similarities we were seeing on the screen. And for that, and for it’s close to home portrayal, this will always have an important spot on my holiday movie list.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Now, this is just a classic. It doesn’t quite get more perfect and classic than this. Plus, it’s got Maureen O’Hara who I adore (seriously, go read her autobiography, ‘Tis Herself).
“I believe in you too.”
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Like Miracle on 34th Street, it’s not Christmas unless I’ve seen (multiple times too). The songs and the message get me every year. Dr. Seuss was a genius and this animated depiction of the book is just too perfect. Watching the Grinch get his “terrible idea” and see that smile grow is too fun.
- Mixed Nuts – It’s got Lieve Shrieber, Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, and Madeline Kahn among others. It’s nutty and very charming as a result.
- Christmas Eve on Sesame Street – I’ve grown up with this one. It’s why Feliz Navidad was an honorable mention in my Holiday Songs list. Oscar the Grouch challenges Big Bird’s belief in Santa, Cookie Monster tries to write to Santa, and Bert and Ernie have a Gift of the Magi moment. It’s magic all the way around.
- Rent – Rent actually travels through several holidays and the first Christmas isn’t without it’s challenges. But who can forget Angel’s performance?
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – This one is the favorite of one of my aunt’s and it’s got such craziness in it that you can’t help but love it. Plus, those moose eggnog glasses are fantastic!
- A Christmas Story – That 24-hour marathon from Christmas Eve through Christmas is perfect to catch your favorite parts. And there are so many, from a major award to a dead duck and more.
And remember, the following movies can be considered Christmas movies too:
- Die Hard
- Die Harder
- Iron Man 3
And that’s my list of Must-See Christmas Movies for Fandom Friday. You can check out more must-see holiday movies from these women:
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