Thursday, December 9, 2010

Getting To Know You Thursday.....Christmas Movies

So, I may have mentioned before my obsession love of Christmas movies.  I love them!  I love to have them on when I'm decorating the tree.  I love to have them on when I'm sewing or crafting.  I just love to have them on, all the time!  In fact, I have The Most Wonderful Time of The Year on right now.  So, today I am wondering if everyone is obsessed with Christmas movies, or if it's just me.  What type of Christmas movies do you like?  Do you like the big blockbuster movies or the made for TV Christmas movies?

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!!!


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. 


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!!! 


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! 



  1. I love so many of them, too! That "Sisters" scene from WC is one of my very favorites. . . although I also LOVE the scene of Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen in "The Best Things" and the club car scene where they all sing "Snow." I love it all!

    Other favorites: It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and a new favorite: Disney's version of A Christmas Carol from 2009.

    Such fun!!

  2. I'm a big fan of Christmas movies..the comedies.
    Christmas Vacation is one of my faves. A Christmas Story is another great one.

    Elf is pretty dang funny too :)

  3. Love White Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the best, and I love it when they play Sound of Music at Christmas even though it's not really a Christmas movie. Since my kids are grown, I don't get to watch them anymore. The hubs isn't into them, and it's either watch them all by myself, or forget about it. Maybe since we have the little man now, I can watch them with him!

  4. I love Christmas movies too! My favorite all time classic is White Christmas. I LOVE that one, and I cry every time when they surprise the General. (Now, I'm thinking of that song in my head. I sound like Rosemary Clooney, ya know.)

    I LOVE the TV ones too but I can't ever remember the name of them to watch them a second time. I have to just try to catch them. There's one with Linda Hamilton on Lifetime that I really like for some oddball reason. She's homeless.

    For cartoons, nothing equals Rudolph in my book. I love Hermie the Dentist and Yukon Cornelious.

    Funny ones? The Christmas Story. I like Elf, too, but I always feel that they dropped the ball with the ending and I could have improved it. (Maybe then, I would be a kajillionaire too)

    My reply is already too long so I'll zip it.

    This was a great getting to know you post!

  5. Oooh, good list!!! My hands down, all time fave is A Christmas Story. Cartoon fave is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Oldies tie with Holiday Inn and White Christmas.

    I'm not a big fan of the cheesy made-for-TV movies that revolve around Santa's son, daughter, cousin, nephew saving Christmas or whatever. ;)

  6. You are so right! The made for TV Christmas movies are so cheesy! AND I LOVE THEM!!!! I look forward to them every year! Love the old ones and look forward to the new ones!
    Great post!
    Have a pretty day!

  7. Christmas Movies everyone's got their favorites. I have watched the Christmas Card soooooo many times. I found another that ranks close to it - The Fallen Angel. I watched it this week. I too love the oldies but these two are newer. I highly recommend.