Hey, Watch This: Must-See Christmas Movies To Get You In The Spirit!
Now that it’s past Halloween, it’s officially time for some Christmas movies–at least for other people. In our house, it’s not unusual to have a Christmas movie playing in the middle of the summer! Sometimes you just need a little Christmas spirit.
Everyone has their own favorites when it comes to Christmas-themed movies and it is quite possible that some of the ones on my list are exactly the same as what is on yours. I’m okay with that. It just means you have good taste!!
I’m hoping everyone already owns these movies, but just in case you don’t, I’m including Amazon links. As a reminder, That One Mom is an Amazon Affiliate and clicking on any of these links will take you to their website. Any purchases via Amazon Affiliate links provide a commission to us at no additional cost to you.
These movie recommendations are in no particular order. Just know that they are much-loved!
White Christmas Does it really even get better than that? If you don’t enjoy gorgeous singing, fun dance numbers, classy costumes, romance, comedy, or a story about sharing kindness at Christmastime, you might not like this movie. I can’t imagine anyone not liking that though! Watching this on television as a child always felt like a start to the Christmas season and I was super excited when I got my own copy!
The Nativity Story There is a reason that we celebrate Christmas and it’s not because of the presents or the goodies or Santa Claus. Sometimes we have to be reminded of this…
The Star This is absolutely one of my new favorite Christmas movies. It’s the birth of Jesus through the perspective of the animals and it’s super sweet! Great family movie with lots of funny parts. It’s definitely worth watching more than once.
It’s A Wonderful Life I love this movie. It may be sweet and sentimental, but it’s a reminder not to get discouraged and give up hope. I like that. : )
Holiday Inn This may not be what people think about when they think traditional Christmas movies, but it has Bing Crosby AND Fred Astaire in it so it goes on my list!!
The Santa Clause Trilogy Does anybody else love Tim Allen? I just think he would be fun to hang out with! These movies are great because “Santa” is still magical, but he also has thoughts and feelings like a normal, everyday guy. And if you pay attention, there are sometimes lessons about the grass being greener on the other side.
Elf One of the best…movies…ever!! He’s goofy and silly, but oh so kind and innocent. This world definitely needs more kindness and innocence. And man, what decorating skills…I’d feed him all the candy and syrup he wants if he would come over and make paper snowflakes for me!! If you get nothing else from this movie, always remember: The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!!
The Muppet Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol with a Muppet twist–never fails to crack me up. “Light the lamp, not the rat!”
Miracle on 34th Street I’ll be honest, it took me a while to really appreciate this movie. When I was a kid, I thought they were awfully grouchy and grumpy people for Santa to be wasting his time on. After I got old enough to appreciate the whole story, I really loved it. Every child should have some sense of wonder and belief…even in things they can’t really see.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas I LOVE this movie! Does anybody else remember it? We had it on VHS and watched it until it just about wore out. I hadn’t even seen it on DVD until recently, but I promise it will be going in the Christmas collection. This guy goes through a lot to be home for Christmas because he thinks he’s getting a great gift. Fortunately, he learns a few lessons along the way!
A Christmas Story I’m guessing that everybody loves Ralphie! I’m not really sure about his totally insane parents or the creepy department store Santa, but Ralphie is a good kid. Even though he almost shoots his eye out.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever I remember reading this book. I also remember watching it on television every Christmas. That probably dates me just a little! This is another one of those that I love, but don’t own. I will be remedying that a.s.a.p.! If you don’t want to watch the movie, please read the book. It says a lot about the power of kindness and giving.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas Another example of the power of kindness and giving. It just takes him a while to warm up to it!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Sometimes we all take life a little too seriously and need a little silliness. Chevy Chase will do it every time. One of my goals in life is to someday have as many lights on my house as Clark did. And to never have relatives like Eddie.
A Charlie Brown Christmas If you need a little help finding the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown is your guy. C’mon, who doesn’t love this movie?
Angels Sing While it is a little bit disappointing that Harry Connick Jr. doesn’t break into full-fledged song, there is still a great story here and some fabulous music! Definitely worth the watch.
Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage I admit it. I’m a little sappy. This movie is great because he uses his talent to bring the Christmas Spirit back to life in his hometown. I’m all about bringing out the Christmas Spirit!!
The Original Christmas Classics This includes seven of the yearly shown Christmas favorites, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, and The Little Drummer Boy. As long as I have those four, I’m happy!
My Christmas Movie Wish List:
I only have a couple of movies on my wishlist right now. The Hallmark Channel keeps me pretty busy, so I don’t have to look for too many! Give me your best Christmas movie recommendations…I’d love to hear them!!