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Family Movie Night – 14 Classic Christmas Films You’ve Got to See Every Year

 

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In all of the hustle and bustle that the holidays bring, it’s easy to forget to take a minute to truly take in the season and enjoy everything the holiday has to offer. Among other things, there’s fruit cake, candy canes, and most importantly… cheesy Christmas films to enjoy.

I’m sure you’d agree that some Christmases just aren’t the same if you don’t take the time to fit in your favorite Christmas films. I’d bet you can easily remember where you were and who you were with the first time you watched each one. And many of those old time Christmas cinema goodies are most likely favorites of your family members (that you’re often times forced to watch in order to keep with the holiday spirit).

I’ve taken the liberty to compile a so not all inclusive list of must see Christmas flicks. Use this list to plan your family movie nights for the holiday season… And by all means tell me what I’ve missed in the comments below.

1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

This one's a true classic. (Did you realize the movie was that old? I sure didn't.) This film is appropriate for the entire family and can be the perfect way to remind the kiddies of the true reason for the season.

1989's "Christmas Vacation"

1989's "Christmas Vacation"

If you're an 80's baby and a fan of the notoriously accident-prone Griswold family, I'd bet that this National Lampoon Christmas comedy is one of your holiday favorites.

2003's "Elf"

2003's "Elf"

Die hard Will Ferrell fans consider this to be a true Christmas classic. (*Fun tidbit: The elf Ming Ming, who appears briefly in the beginning of the film, is played by Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie Parker in another We Got Kidz holiday favorite A Christmas Story.)

2007's "This Christmas"

2007's "This Christmas"

This one isn't necessarily a classic but it serves as a great example of a modern day Christmas story. It's a Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll say "No she di-int." Definitely put this in your holiday movie rotation.

1990's "Home Alone"

1990's "Home Alone"

This is one of those holiday films that you can watch year around. A true feel good movie, this will have the kiddies believing that they can combat criminals by using tar, nails, and a tarantula.

2000's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

2000's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Seeing this classic Dr. Seuss book manifested in real life was amazing and something that I'm sure the kiddies will enjoy.

1996's "Jingle All the Way"

1996's "Jingle All the Way"

Although I personally find this movie a tad bit obnoxious (maybe it has something to do with that Schwarzenegger weirdo) I guarantee your kids will love it.

1947's (and 1994) "Miracle on 34th Street"

1947's (and 1994) "Miracle on 34th Street"

This movie epitomizes what a Christmas film should be. The 1994 version is equally endearing and just plain fun to watch.

2003's "Bad Santa"

2003's "Bad Santa"

Kids away at Granny's for the night? Have a good laugh at this crude Christmas comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton. (*Disclaimer: If you haven't seen this one already, know that you need a particular sense of humor to enjoy it. He he he)

1993's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

1993's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Your middle-schoolers will undoubtedly love this spooky Christmas adaptation. It's a brilliant concept done completely in stop motion.

2004's "The Polar Express"

2004's "The Polar Express"

Here's another Christmas film based off of a well loved children's book. (*Tidbit: Polar Express was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records 2006 as the "first all-digital capture" film, where all acted parts were done in digital capture. Neat!)

1988's "Scrooged"

1988's "Scrooged"

This is one of my personal favorites. Bill Murray was a brilliant choice for a modern day Scrooge.

1994's "The Santa Clause"

1994's "The Santa Clause"

The part of Santa in this Christmas film was originally written for Bill Murray. Tim Allen ended up doing an amazing job and turned this heartwarming tale into an instant classic.

 

Author: Kesha of We Got Kidz

Kesha Chisholm Phillips is currently a part time graphic artist and the full time writer and editor of WeGotKidz.com and WeGotKidzGraphics.com. You'll find her all around the web sharing her parenting journey which includes everything from hilarious family videos to her refreshing takes on what it means to raise children today. Kesha currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her lovely husband and twins AJ and Jax.

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  1. Great list. We also love the old animated ones like Frosty the Snowman and The Little Drummer Boy. But the one we have to watch every year is The Year Without a Santa Claus. Christmas isn’t Christmas without Heat Meiser.

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    • I forgot about that one! I used to LIVE for that movie. lol. Great additions! Thanks for stopping by :)

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