After the presents are unwrapped and the egg nog hangover has worn off, it’s time to celebrate another age old holiday tradition — watching sappy Christmas movies. Here are ten of my favorites, just in case you need ideas for what to rent or download.
1. A Christmas Story
I could recite this movie from beginning to end. Best line: “It must be Italian!”
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
Best character: Mr. Martini!
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Clearly the best interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale that has yet to be made. You know that if the technology had existed at the time, Dickens would have made the story into a muppet musical himself. Just fast forward through the boring love song.
4. Home Alone
You’ve gotta love a movie that teaches young boys that it’s okay to be friends with creepy old quasi-homeless men.
5. Bad Santa
A fun twist on Miracle on 34th Street, and it really holds up over time.
6. Miracle on 34th Street
Best character: a tie between the drunk Santa at the beginning of the film and the sassy janitor kid from Brooklyn.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
A fun twist on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas that obviously still holds up for film geeks and goth kids alike.
8. Scrooge (1951)
This is the old black and white version of A Christmas Carol, not to be confused with “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray, also an excellent film. Alastair Sim standing on his head at the end makes this whole movie.
9. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
So cynical and fun, and Boris Karloff’s narration is brilliant.
10. The Yule Log
Not exactly a movie, but still worth watching.
Merry Christmas, readers!