Christmas Movies, a Love Letter

Dear Christmas Movies,

How do I love thee…let me count the ways….well, at least the top ten ways.

10.  BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Though not an actual “Christmas” Christmas movie, I love me some Tim Burton.  The casting is perfect and to me, Michael Keaton is the only Batman.
Quote:  Batman: Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.  Catwoman: But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.

9.  ELF (2003)

Elf is great because it is a Christmas movie that people of any age can enjoy and I think Will Ferrell (who I often find over-the-top and annoying) is both funny and charming as Buddy the Elf.
Quote:  Buddy: Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?

8.  A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951)

Based on one of my favorite books, this timeless classic is one I could watch year round.  Alastair Sim’s performance as Scrooge is the perfect blend of curmudgeon and heart.
Quote:  Jacob Marley: I wear the chains I forged in life…I made it link by link, and yard by yard.

7.  A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)

This movie makes me feel nostalgic for a time I don’t know and with the perfect amount of dark humor, it is a must-see every December!
Quote:  Ralphie: Only I didn’t say, ‘fudge.’  I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the ‘F-dash-dash-dash’ word.

6.  DIE HARD (1988)

Nothing says Christmas box-office like a thrilling action movie and this is my favorite.  Plus—the villain is Alan Rickman, need I say more?
Quote:  John McClane: Come on out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.

5.  THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

Wait, is this a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?  Halloween?  Christmas?  Halloween?  Christmas?  Whichever it is (I think both), the original story and stop-motion animation make it perhaps the most visual film on the list.
Quote:  Corpses: Tender lumplings everywhere, Life’s no fun without a good scare.  That’s our job, but we’re not mean, in our town of Halloween.

4.  MIRACLE on 34th STREET (1947)

Proof that Santa Clause is real, the original Miracle on 34th Street is a film gem that should not be missed.
Quote:  Kris Kringle: Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.

3.  WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

This movie always puts me in a good mood and Irving Berlin’s soundtrack is one of my all-time favorites.
Quote:  Bob Wallace: When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep.

2.  IT’S a WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

This is really the original holiday classic and I am jealous each time someone sees it for the first time and is shown the meaning of Christmas and of life itself.
Quote:  Young Mary: Is this the ear you can’t hear on? [whispering into his bad ear] George Bailey, I’ll love you ’til the day I die.

1.     THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

Though not the most true to the story re-telling of Charles Dicken’s classic, this movie is heartwarming and funny, and it stars the Muppets!
Quote:  Gonzo: Scrooge was better than his word.  He did it all and infinitely more, and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father.

I hope you find the time this holiday season to watch some good movies with the people you love.  And to my fellow Minnesotan’s—fingers crossed for a white Christmas!

XOOX—Heather Lisson

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