My Favorite Movies of the Season

It’s almost Christmas! If the unusual dearth of traffic I experienced this morning is any indication, the two-week holiday hiatus from the normal rhythm of life has begun for many people.

Christmas is a conflicted time of year for me. One the one hand, the advent of Christ and everything that it means to me makes this a precious time. On the other hand, the amount of money spent at Christmas, even with budgets and cash only and all the guardrails, makes me shudder. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve struck a nice balance, and this year I feel more festive than I have in several years.

One of my favorite parts of this time of year is watching a few specific movies. It’s a short list, and I would love it if you would share some of your favorites in the comments.

  1. A Christmas Story– This funny, poignant, 80s classic is one of my favorites.

2. Elf- This is a thoroughly modern movie, and my informal polling indicates that my fondness for is far from universal. I understand why, since Will Farrell is hardly leading man material. But again, it’s funny and touching and silly and captures the magic of Christmas.

3. Rise of the Guardians– This isn’t really a Christmas movie as much as it is a fairy tale about mythical creatures, but I only think of it in December, and I only watch it in December. Yeah, that’s Santa in the center!

Now we’re getting into the movies that encompass the true meaning of Christmas.

4. The Nativity Story– I hardly think this one needs explanation, but it is exactly as it sounds. It’s a narrative of the birth of Jesus.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life. If you haven’t heard of Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic, I implore you to go read the plot summary and then watch the film. It’s a wonderful exploration of faithfulness and hope rising from the ashes of despair. At Christmas!

What are your favorite films of the season?

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies of the Season

  1. Bike Bubba says:

    Regarding the first, you know what my response was when my older son asked for an airsoft gun for Christmas. :^) (and yes, I bought him one….he’s getting that and my old boots that he’s been coveting for a while)

    For my money as well, among the best Christmas movies are “Miracle on 34th St.”, “White Christmas”, and of course, “Die Hard”. (j/k on that last one) I’m not as much a fan of “Holiday Inn”, though, as Fred Astaire’s character grates on me a bit.

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  2. Elspeth says:

    Yes, Miracle on 34th Street is good too. White Christmas doesn’t do much for me, LOL.

    I decided to narrow it down to 5 movies, and include a couple of new ones as well as the old.

    Another animated one that I really like (besides Charlie Brown, of course, is Arthur Christmas. I really like Arthur Christmas a lot.

    I’m not usually a big fan of animated films, but when December rolls around, for some reason, a few of them spring to the top of my list.

    Ironically, not The polar Express though.

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  3. nellperkins says:

    It’s not a Christmas movie, per se, but we watched The Sound of Music the other night and it was wonderful, again. I think it felt so “Christmasy” because it reminds me of happy times in my childhood — my Daddy used to dance with his little daughters around the living room to the music from the soundtrack album. We saw it in the theater when it first came out, a place and time where I was super impressed with the opening scene.

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  4. Elspeth says:

    We just watched The Sound of Music a couple of nights ago. One of my kids said something similar: It’s not a Christmas movie, but Christmas seems like an appropriate time for her to watch it.

    Interesting!

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