Now that the Christmas season is upon, I thought I would take a look back and share our "must-see/must-have" Christmas movies!
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationI first saw this one when I was little at my grandparent's house and we watched it as a family. While there is some adult humor in it (it is rated PG13), some of the situations Clark Griswold and family get into are pretty hilarious even for a little kid! Family patron Clark wants to have a perfect Griswold family Christmas in their Chicago suburb home, however his parents and his in-laws don't seem to get along too well and his wife's crazy cousin Eddie randomly shows up adding to the funny. Clark is also anxiously awaiting a nice Christmas bonus from work to fund a pool he already put a down payment on. The Griswold family Christmas antics are also annoying the yuppie next door neighbors. While some National Lampoon films over the years have gotten quite dumb, this is definitely a classic one and a great addition to the "Vacation" series ( while it's the 3rd one in the series, it works well as a stand alone film). This one stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, a young Juliette Lewis, Doris Roberts, Brian Doyle-Murray and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
ElfI remember skipping this one in theaters when it first came out as it looked like just another dumb Will Ferrell movie. It wasn't until years later we watched it with my family after Thanksgiving dinner one year and I was surprised at how good it was and what a cute, sweet and funny family Christmas movie it is. We've made a point to catch this one on TV at least once a year and just recent picked up the DVD for $3.99 at a Black Friday sale. This one stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who as an orphaned baby climbed into Santa's sack one Christmas Eve and was raised among the elves, thinking himself to be one. Over the years though, Buddy grew to be bigger than all the others and after 30 years, Papa Elf tells him the truth about his origins which prompts Buddy to leave the North Pole and search for his biological father in New York City. Hilarity ensues as Buddy tries to adapt to life among everyday people and help get his father off of Santa's "naughty list" and spread holiday cheer with everyone he meets.
The Christmas ToyThis was another one I LOVED when I was really little. Created in the mid-80s by Jim Hensen and company, this one (which is believed to have inspired the Toy Story series) combines real people with classic Hensen puppets and shows us what our toys are doing when we're not around. Taking place on Christmas Eve, Rugby the tiger, who was the "new, favorite toy" last Christmas, realizes and struggles to accept that his child playmate Jaime will be getting new toys in the morning, including one that replace him as the new favorite. Remembering how he felt when Jaime opened his box a year prior, Rugby decides he will relive it again, by sneaking downstairs and into the box of the shiny new toy (a galactic space Queen doll called Meteora). All the other toys in the playroom though try to stop him as it's just too risky - if any of the humans see a toy alive, that toy will become frozen and never "awake" again, a fate all the toys are terrified of.
Other Christmas DVDs we own are Pee-Wee's Christmas Special and this Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night DVD my aunt and cousin got us for Christmas one year. Both are a bit silly, and given to us as gifts (Pee-Wee was from my dad), but they're still Christmas movies nonetheless.
What Christmas movies do you own or watch at Christmastime?