Monday, December 16, 2013

The Joy of Christmas Movies


“I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins”  ~Buddy  the Elf

With Christmas only 9 days away, I felt it was fitting to share my five favorite Christmas movies of all-time!

#5 The Grinch (Jim Carey version)

This one seems to be a polarizing choice, as many of my friends either love it or hate it. I happen to think that Jim Carrey gives a great performance in this adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale. Plus, his one-liners are unforgettable – “5PM, Dinner with self…I can’t cancel that again”.
#4 Miracle on 34th Street
I recently watched this movie with a friend of mine for the first time in years. I had almost forgotten what a classic that it truly is! Miracle on 34th Street is timeless. It will almost make you believe in Santa again :)
#3 Santa Clause
I’ll admit, I was never a Tim Allen fan until I saw this movie. This story, about a regular guy who unwittingly becomes Kris Cringle, is a tale for all ages. It combines heartwarming and witty in ways that few Christmas films do. The sequel is every bit as funny! We’ll just pretend the third one never happened though.
#2 A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’classic tale of the miserly and frugal Ebenezer Scrooge and the 3 overnight visitors (Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future) that brought the Christmas spirit back to his hardened heart. I could watch this movie over and over again. Who can forget the climactic scene where Mr. Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning realizing that it's truly never too late to begin anew?

#1 Elf
Unquestionably my favorite Christmas movie of all-time. And not just because I’m in love with Zooey Deschanel (Although it doesn’t hurt). This movie just makes you feel…happy. Buddy the elf’s childlike innocence makes this movie impossible to resist. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”.

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

143 comments:

  1. It's A Wonderful Life - although far more than a Christmas movie, but I tend to watch it round Christmas time
    The Snowman (Raymond Briggs) - is a lovely cartoon full of festive heart
    The Nightmare Before Christmas - it's dark edge brings out the true spirit of Christmas like the sun behind a rain cloud - wonderful and inventive stuff.

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  2. I can't argue with the two classics you mentioned above, Keith; but within the past few years it hasn't been Christmas unless I watched The Polar Express. So THAT would have to be my #1.

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  3. Oh what a nice selection you have here Keith. I watched Its a Wonderful Life the other night and it made me smile and think of Christmases past. I cannot wait to watch more Christmas movies. B

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  4. Commenting again - third time is a charm!
    Not a Will Ferrell fan, but Elf was great.
    Favorite is A Christmas Story. Nothing says Christmas like a leg lamp.

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  5. It's a Wonderful Life (#1)
    Christmas Vacation (Because of my MAD decorating Christmas skills, I have been called Mrs. Griswold a few times! *wink*)
    The Santa Clause (all of them!!)
    Elf
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

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  6. I'm not sure which one I like best. I enjoy watching Christmas movie this time of year just because they're Christmas movies; even the cheesy ones.

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  7. I would say elf... depends on my mood. I love Charlie Brown' s Christmas.
    Merry Christmas.
    JB

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  8. You have made good choices Keith. Not sure if you would call it a true Christmas movie but I pick Little Women. The story begins at Christmas time. I love this movie and the book is one of my very favorites.

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  9. Those are some great choices indeed, like them all at my hall. But you forget the best ever, Die Hard lol and gremlins

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  10. Some of my favorites are from when I was a kid - the animated version of The Grinch, The Charlie Brown Christmas special, Rudolph and Frosty. :)

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  11. ha, i think it's harry potter and the holiday. i love the grinch too (the jim carey version) and yes, that line is a keeper! also i love the set of the movie. so pretty.

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  12. Good choices. I live to go to a theater movie on Christmas Day. So many new good movies come out that day.

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  13. My kids love the santa clause. I like the sound of music.

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  14. All great choices. I haven't seen Elf yet. May have to give it a try.
    It's a Wonderful Life always gets me.

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  15. I've never seen the Jim Carey Grinch but I love all of the others. I would add White Christmas to the list because that's such a classic.

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  16. I've been meaning to have a Christmas movie marathon here at the house! Can you believe I've never watched "Miracle on 34th Street?? I want the kids to watch it with me but they kind of get discouraged when they see it's black and white I have to buy them lots of munchies I guess!

    I like the Elf movie and the Grinch :)

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  17. TV stations always run the same Christmas movies every year! It's kinda repetitive! But I guess my favourite Christmas movie is "Home Alone" :D

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  18. Christmas movies are my absolute favorite. I may or may not watch them all year round. :)

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  19. elf is awesome...my fav of all time is nestor the long eared christmas donkey....ha...its one of the claymation type pics int eh same vein as rudolph....we have rewatched some of the santa clause movies this weekend....

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  20. Dang...not sure I have seen one...well, in its entirety. I need to check my inner Elf!...

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  21. I'm not sure about the name but it's a funny story about a kid in the 40s or 50s...It might be called "A Christmas Story" His dad likes to put his leg lamp in the window...

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  22. I love Grinch and Santa Clause. I have to say I've still never seen Elf.

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  23. I've seen the Grinch with Jim Carey and I love it too. We watched Christmas w/the Kranks the other day (Tim Allen) and hubby liked it, but I was just eh on it. :)

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  24. Although I love Miracle on 34th Street, my two favorites (sappy, I know) are White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life.

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  25. Oddly, I can't think of any specific Christmas movie except "Barbie in A Christmas Carol" lol! But hey -- it was good! The kids enjoy it and there are some great lessons to learn. Blessed Christmas season, my friend :)

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  26. Miracle on 34th fourth Street, the original :)

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  27. i have never seen elf!!!! i need to. i love christmas vacation!

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  28. Mickey's Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas (with the mice and clockmaker), Muppet Family Christmas (at Fozzi's mother's farmhouse), Garfield Christmas, etc.

    I can't name them all, but a lot of cartoons are on the list. And I love Elf, too!

    Kristin

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  29. Miracle on 34th Street is a big favorite. Well it's kind of a toss up because I love It's a Wonderful Life too.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  30. The Polar Bear looking for something to eat. I can't remember it's name, but, you'll think of something.

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  31. I hope you won't mind if I answer your question with 2 links:

    this one

    and this one

    Great post! :) Enjoy the week!

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  32. I discovered It's A Wonderful Life about 10 years ago and really fell madly in love with it. I have to watch it every year or it doesn't feel like Christmas.

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  33. I would say my favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation. It just isn't Christmas without at least 2 or 3 viewings. Next up would be A Christmas Story and then It's a Wonderful Life.

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  34. Good to have some favorite movies for the season. I personally like Albert Finney's "Scrooge" and of course "A Christmas Story". Merry Christmas my friend!

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  35. might have to try to watch elf again. :)

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  36. I'm a tacky Griswald kinda gal so I'm partial to Christmas Vacation.

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  37. I like Christmas Story the best. We all just watched Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf this weekend. :)

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  38. My favorite Christmas movie is 'It's a wonderful life' and 'Miracle on 34th street'

    Love these two movies equally... ♥♡♥

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  39. It's been a gold mine of Christmas movies the past week or two....every night I search the guide and we watch (re watch) new and old favourites. It doesn't mattter how many times I've seen them.

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  40. I love It's a Wonderful Life. But my current favorite is A Dog Named Christmas. Love it! White Christmas with Bing Crosby is also a favorite.

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  41. I love Polar Express and Little Women, but my all time favorite is called, "One Magic Christmas" with Mary Steenburgen. It's about how one little act of kindness can change the lives of everyone.

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  42. I admittedly haven't seen very many of the recent Christmas movies. I like "Home Alone" and "Home Alone II (Lost in NY)". And "Holiday Inn".

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  43. It's "A Christmas Story." I've been indulging in Christmas programs on the 'rerun' channel. Several made me cry, including unexpectedly poignant story in an old "JAG" about a orphan girl reuniting with her Dad who knew nothing about her. Funny and sad and happy all together.

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  44. Mentioned Edward Scissorhands earlier but also love "The Polar Express" and, because my children watched it, "Snow Buddies"!

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  45. I am totally with you on George C. Scott's version of A Christmas Carol, but I'm afraid we part ways after that one. Well, the Santa Clause is okay, but not a favorite. The others ... sorry. :)

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  46. A Christmas Story and the cartoon Grinch. The Jim Carey version gets under my skin. ;)

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  47. Hands down Elf with A Christmas Story coming in a close second. I love Christmas!

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  48. I forgot a few, Little Women and Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. Yep, those are my favorite 4.

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  49. One thing that I look forward for Christmas will be Christmas movies..:) And it isn't complete without Santa Clous

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  50. Awesome choices. I'm with you on all of them except for Elf. Just not a Will Ferrell fan, not even after Stranger Than Fiction.

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  51. Any version of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" that features a female Scrooge

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  52. I love christmas movies, right after thanksgiving I am watching the hallmark channel to catch my old favorites and watch for the new ones.

    The ones I must see every year are White Christmas that is probably my favorite. then I love the Christmas Story-the one with the leg lamp, and the little one gets his tongue stuck on an icy pole-that is really a classic.
    Hallmark has some really good ones too I really enjoy the Christmas Card

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  53. Elf is just wonderful. I must check out when it is going to be on. I always end up missing it. But not this year!! :)

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  54. I like A Christmas Carol and have wonderful memories of Christmas days spent watch Miracle on 34th Street with my family. :)

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  55. I have seen Christmas Carol and loved it. I haven't seen all the others which you listed. I would see them....Exploring is something I always love.

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  56. All versions of A Christmas Carol - especially the Muppet one - and It's A Wonderful which reduces me to tears every time.

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  57. A Christmas Carol was filmed in Shrewsbury - quite close to where I live - so it has to be that one.

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  58. MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL! Top of the list for me. Oh, and It's a Wonderful Life. I like other Christmas movies, but those two are perma-classics. Oh, and The Nativity--the one that came out in the 2000's, I love that one too. And the old claymation Rudolf movie. Super awesomesauce.

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  59. I love 3 out of your list Keith and also I really enjoyed the one with Vince Vaughn? his brother is Santa Clause and Vince has to stand in his shoes to save Christmas. It was great, but I can't remember the title.

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  60. A Christmas Story, hands down. I literally had like ten quotes zap into my mind, one after the other. "Drink more Ovaltine, son of a b***h." Or that leg lamp and when his little brother is all but died up laying on the ground and yells "I can't move my arrrrrrmmmms" haha. I have to watch it every year when it comes on TV or it's just not Christmas for me . I was never really into the sappy Christmas movies so this one was my favorite. :)

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  61. A Christmas Carol is my favorite. I like the others on your list too. I like all those old Rankin/Bass specials...Rudolph, Santa Claus, Frosty, etc. And of course Charlie Brown. Jingle All The Way and Fred Claus are good for a few laughs. I like The Family Man too...although it's not really a Christmas movie per se, but it takes place at Christmastime.

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  62. I like lots of Christmas movies and right now my number one favorite is Elf.
    I watched The Last Holiday over the weekend and loved Queen Latifah and LL Cool J - too much fun!!!

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  63. Home Alone and Home Alone two both take place around Christmas times. They are funny!

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  64. You know, we really don't watch too many movies at Christmas, but now I think I will HAVE to get Elf!!!

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  65. I have been watching the Christmas movies lately. The Hallmark channel and Lifetime have been just about showing them none stop. You some great choices. But I have not seen The Elf. I will have to watch it now. Have a happy week!

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  66. I really like watching "Miracle on 34th Street." I try to read the book every year.

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  67. I can't believe I have yet to see ELF. As for Christmas movies, I prefer the original Grinch and A Charlie Brown Christmas. ;)

    xx
    LuLu
    Breakfast After 10

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  68. Nice list. Thank you for sharing.

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  69. I love this question! And mine are all different from yours. I was thinking about posting on it but I'm not sure I'll have the time to get around to it before Christmas ...

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  70. All versions of A Christmas Carol, I try to read the book also every Christmas (I simply adore it). When I was a child every Christmas we (my mother and me) used to see Little Women on tv one moment or another (even when we didn´t pretend so because it was part of the Christmas classical programming) and it became a sort of tradition. Not sure if it is a true Christmas movie but it´s a Christmas movie to me

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  71. I like all of those on your list (especially Elf!), along with a lot of these in your comments...my all-time favorite is 'It's A Wonderful Life'. It's not just a Christmas movie, and it never gets old. :)

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  72. I've never been big on feel good movies or comedies. My go to Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. lol

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  73. I know it sounds a little silly, but I did like the Muppet Christmas Carol. Maybe it's because I watched it with my children.

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  74. My favorite is Miracle on 34th Street.
    Also like A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life.

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  75. My youngest daughter was just watching "Jingle All the Way." I've seen it a while ago... I think it's cute... :-)

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  76. A Christmas Story and It is a wonderful life....most all the vintage ones...

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  77. I have several favorites,
    Christmas in the Clouds
    Mixed Nuts
    Polar Express
    and Christmas Vacation.

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  78. It's hard to pick a favourite, but I love the vintage ones!!! I just watched "The Grinch Stole Christmas" tonight...what a classic. :)

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  79. My favorite is and will always be "It's a Wonderful Life."

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  80. Definitely Elf, but A Christmas Story is a (veryclose) second!

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  81. All good ones! I like White Christmas too with Bing and Danny Kay.
    Cortne

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  82. So easy....Christmas Vacation....without even a close second.

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  83. Oh, I love Christmas films - especially Miracle on 34th Street. My kids really enjoy The Polar Express. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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  84. I'm planning to put up a Christmas movie post soon too. :) I love Santa Claus, but I haven't watched the others on our list. I should get around to them soon. For my Christmas movie... I can't choose between Home Alone and The Holiday.

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  85. My all-time favorite is 'It's a Wonderful Life'. I just love everything about this classic. My second favorite is 'National Lampoon Christmas Vacation'. Chevy Chase is just so perfect as the loveable, sentimental Dad. Every Christmas our whole family watches this movie together. We all have our favorite parts. Just thinking about it makes me laugh. xo Karen

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  86. My favourite Christmas movies?

    Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

    Little Drummer Boy

    (both of these are stop motion films from, I think, the 1960s

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Joyeux Noel

    Miracle on 34th Street.

    I love those movies!

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  87. My absolute favorite is "Three Gifts for Cinderella" an old Czech film so sweet and remembering of my childhood.

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  88. I guess I'm the only one here who doesn't really have one?

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  89. It's a tie between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Muppet Christmas Carol".

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  90. i too loved elf! some of my other favs are the walton's "homecoming"---"the house without a Christmas tree"---these were both tv events and there is this one that was on tv years ago, i only saw it once but would love to see it again--it had ed asner as the lead and all of his family was coming for the holidays and he was dying----oh and of course "Christmas vacation"!! fun post :)

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  91. Definitely "A Christmas Carol" - the version starring Patrick Stewart.
    I may be considered a sad case...but I watch it every year! *smiles*

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  92. Elf all the way!
    I watch that even when it's NOT Christmas.
    My other favorite is Rudolf (misfit toys). Burl Ives music!! ;)

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  93. I love love love to hunker in on a cold day/night and watch old Christmas movies...I love them all but have to say my favorite is It's A Wonderful Life. Even the music of Charlie Brown Christmas...the Grinch...so much nostalgia. Hope your season is bright Keith!

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  94. We're definitely going to watch Elf again this year. I also need to see It's A Wonderful Life again. It's been many, many years since I've seen it.

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  95. I love all the movies you choose and Elf in particular. But, my all time favorite Christmas movie is.....

    A Christmas Story. I love Ralphie!

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  96. I love The Snowman. And Nightmare Before Christmas. I haven't seen most of your list, though, so I clearly need to increase my collection!

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  97. I love Elf and Santa Clause! I'm a sucker for all the Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies this time of year. Have you ever seen The Holiday? It's one of my favorites too. And Home Alone of course :)

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  98. I've always liked It's a Wonderful Life and Little Shop Around the Corner. I'll watch them anytime, whether it is December or not. :)

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  99. I think you have named the all..I look forward to seeing these each year : )

    Merry Christmas to you..only 9 days!!!

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  100. the snowman, it's a wonderful life and love actually are the three christmas movies i watch every year:-) and i don't think i've actually ever seen miracle on 34th street, so i'll have to check that out! x

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  101. A Christmas Story - the one scene with little Ralphie in a thousand layers of winter garb makes it a winner in my book. I haven't seen Elf, but will keep it in mind. I like your taste, so I'm sure it's a good one.

    Happy holidays, Keith.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Watching that movie sooo reminds me of my childhood.

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  102. I will watch Elf asap! :) I love The Holiday and Love Actually!

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  103. LOTS of goodies, but some of my favorites are "Holiday Inn", "It's a Wonderful Life", and "A Christmas Story."

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  104. I like Jim Carey's portrayal, but it makes me very sad.

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  105. I hate Christmas movies! Okay, Grinch before his revelation moment is over :) I like the movie, Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton.

    Gary

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  106. I love "While you were Sleeping." I used to watch it every year, but it's been a few years now. Maybe it's time to watch it again!

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  107. I so love Christmas movies. My favorite? Hard question. You left "Scrooged" with Bill Murray out! I loved the Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims (b/w old movie).

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  108. Hi Keith! I have several favorites... "It's a Wonderful Life!" :D I also love Miracle on 34th Street, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect, Eloise at Christmas Time, Trapped in Paradise, and The Christmas Do-over (along with a few others). I hope your Christmas season is filled with the happiness of Christ! :) Corine :D

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  109. Arthur Christmas is good - and it has narwhal in it!!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: glad at least one person think my posts are funny!

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  110. Oh and 'The Snowman and the Snow Dog'.

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  111. Bad Santa. You can't beat Bob!

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family.

    Greetings from London.

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  112. My favorite is A Christmas Carol! I've seen it twice and it was a pleasure, Keith.

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  113. Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life are the ones I watch every year. Kids have given up on me, and I end up watching them alone though. I only saw Elf for the first time last year.

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  114. Well it's just after Christmas but does The Poseidon Adventure count?

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  115. I only know Dickens’ story, and I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a film of it.
    Should I try to catch any of the others?
    So may movies, so little time, so it’s got to be a good one.

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  116. Hands down, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Followed by A Christmas Story.
    Although George C. Scott was very good as Scrooge, I liked the Lionel Barrymore (?) movie much better. Truth be told, I preferred the Mister Magoo version more.
    I also preferred the cartoon Grinch to the Jim Carrey version. Although, I'll bet that has to do with my age.

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  117. Miracle on 34th street is such a wonderful movie, love to watch :)

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  118. 'Home for the Holidays.' It's star studded and Diane Keaton is brilliant ;-)

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  119. I watch White Christmas downunder for the irony!

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  120. My favorite Christmas movie is "Miracle on 34th Street"...

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  121. I like Dear Santa
    It is a TV movie of 2011
    Its good and its touching

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  122. I love Christmas Movies Keith, the kids here love the Grinch is their favorite! but I love Miracle on 34th Street, anyway with my Mom all the time we are looking what Christmas movies are in cable, love all:))
    If we dont talk Have a lovely and happy Christmas dear Keith!

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  123. Hi - new follower commenting for the first time...I like all the traditional Christmas movies as well as a new one I discovered a couple of years ago called "Stalking Santa." It is so funny - very dry humor about a "scientist" who devotes his life and career to proving the existence of Santa. I got in on DVD in the "bargain bin" at a book store, but it has become one of my favorites for the holiday season. Thanks for your blog. Looking forward to following along!

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  124. We do like Elf! And we love A Christmas Story. :)
    I always enjoy your posts. :)

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  125. These are all great titles. I think Elf is my new favourite! :)

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  126. All good, my favorite is "It's a Wonderful Life." and tomorrow I am posting a re-run about another favorite "A Christmas Story."

    Merry Christmas!

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  127. Definitely "Charlie Brown's Christmas"...Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men. And a great big FA LA LA!!! Aloha

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  129. I love Elf, too! Though I must say I prefer the Muppets Christmas Carol to any other adaptation of the story:)

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  130. These are some of my faves too! I always believe in Santa ;)

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  131. Gotta love Elf, so many good moments in that movie. Surprisingly I liked the Santa Claus as well, although I never saw the second, or third ones. My all time favourite is A Christmas Story. Reminds me of being a kid and makes me howl with laughter.

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  132. I so need to catch up on Christmas movies ;)
    I love The Holiday and The Polarexpress :)

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