Top 10: Christmas Movies

It is Thursday which means it’s time we get to know each other. This is my personal top 10, but I would love to hear about your favorites as well. Please be sure to leave a comment below.  This week, I am listing my top 10 favorite Christmas movies.

10. Nestor, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey
Most people have never heard of this movie, but it was by far my favorite Christmas movie growing up. I don’t watch it every year, but I think about it every year, and multiple times a year. In fact, one of the little girls in our church looks just like the cherub in the story. The thing about this movie is that it is nearly wrong on everything except the names of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and Bethlehem. That being said…I still like it; in fact, it is the only Christmas movie of that genre (Claymation or whatever type of animation it is) that I do like.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
With the exception of two short parts, this is a funny movie. 

8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
I mostly like this one because of Linus’ explanation of Christmas. As many have made mention of before, when Linus begins to say, “Fear not,” he drops his security blanket emphasizing the truth of Scripture.

7. Disney’s A Christmas Carol
I am not a big fan of Jim Carrey, but this is by far my favorite version of the Charles Dicken’s classic.

6. Elf
Again, not a huge fan of Will Farrell, but he can be funny when he isn’t being crude.

5. The Man Who Invented Christmas
If you haven’t seen this movie, I would absolutely encourage you to do so. It is based on the life of Charles Dickens as he wrote A Christmas Carol. I saw it last July on Amazon Prime and it went straight to my top 5 Christmas movies. I’ve already watched it this Christmas season, showing it to my family.

4. Polar Express
I’ve never read the book, but I am sure to watch this every year.  The animation, the acting of Tom Hanks in varying roles, the warmth and friendships within, make for a great movie.

3. Miracle on 34th Street (the original 1947 version)
No the Post Office doesn’t really have the power to declare a person to be Santa Claus, but it’s still a great classic that proclaims the truth that we do need to believe even when we don’t see.

2. Die Hard
Yes. This is a Christmas movie (at least on the edited for television version)

1. It’s a Wonderful Life
Even though this movie wasn’t meant to be released for another year, thus being rushed and having editing problems due to production of another movie Sinbad the Sailor, and even though it bombed at the box office, it is still the quintessential Christmas movie.

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