There are several catagories for Christmas movies and some movies fall into more than one catagory. There are the original versions and of course, the remakes.
These are the movies that everyone has seen at least once in their lifetime. These movies include movies like It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Bishop's Wife, A Christmas Carol, Holiday Inn and Miracle on 34th Street.
Danny Kaye and Bring Crosby, does is get any better than that? Love Bing Crosby!!!
CHRISTMAS MOVIES - COMEDY
This category is reserved for movies such as Elf, Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, Home Alone and A Christmas Story.
These are the romantic comedies and dramas movies that happen to come out at Christmas - like Four Christmases, Sleepless in Seatlle, Love Actually, You've Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, Serendipity, and When Harry Met Sally.
MADE FOR TV CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Okay, let's be honest here. Most of these movies are really cheesey, but I love them. ABC Family plays lots of them. Some of my favorites are The Three Christmas Gifts, A Season for Miracles, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, The Christmas List, Holiday in Handcuffs, Christmas Do-Over, 12 Men of Christmas, Santa Baby, All I Want for Christmas, A Home for Christmas and the list goes on and on. I love these movies. About 99% of them are produced my Larry Levinson. He must be a kajillionaire!!!
HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIES
I will admit that I am totally addicted to The Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark movies, at least in my opinion, deserve their own category. They are all touching stories of family and love. I believe I have seen every Christmas movie the Hallmark Channel plays. I love them all. My new favorite is a movie from last year called Christmas in Canaan. It is a wonderfully touching movie starring Billy Ray Cyrus. I also love Silver Bells, The National Tree, Under the Mistletoe, The Christmas Card, A Grandpa for Christmas, Our First Christmas, Finding John Christmas, and the list goes on and on. Hallmark also has several new movies coming out this month including The Gift of the Magi and The Santa Incident. You can find more information about Hallmark Christmas movies here.
These are the specials we all grew up watching. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and new classics like Shrek The Halls, Yes Virginia, Their Is A Santa Claus and Merry Madagascar.
Lots of these movies are remakes or "loose interpretations" of older classics. You've Got Mail is actually a remake of The Shop Around the Corner (1940 with Jimmy Stewart - sweet movie) and It's a Wonderful Life is a classic that is loosely based on A Christmas Carol. Of course, Sleepless in Seattle was inspired by An Affair To Remember.
My favorite movies that I cannot get through the season without watching are: Whhite Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Canaan, and basically any Christmas movies on The Hallmark Channel.
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Do you watch them as a family? Do you watch them other than during Chrismtas? Do you keep them on in the background while doing other things or do you prefer background Christmas music like my Hubby?
Amanda shared this link to Chiff with her readers. It's a site that lists all the upcoming Christmas specials on TV. Pretty cool, huh? Thanks Amanda!