Favorite Classic Christmas Movies

If you are like me nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit than seeing a favorite classic Christmas movie. It doesn’t matter that I have seen it dozens of time, it still fills me with the joy and magic of the holidays. So pop some popcorn, make yourself some cocoa and get comfy on the sofa as we go through our top 5 of the best classic Christmas movies.

It’s A Wonderful Life

George Bailey discovers how one person’s actions impact those around him. This Capra classic is one of the best feel good movies as he takes us through the town of Bedford Falls. Clarence (Angel Second Class) definitely has his work cut out for him to save George and hopefully get his wings.

The Bishop’s Wife

Having started off with angels I thought we would continue on this heavenly theme and include The Bishop’s Wife. Featuring an A list of Hollywood royalty (Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young) together bring this Christmas story to life. We can sometimes lose our path and this movie helps us find our way back to what is truly important…love, kindness, generosity and family.

Scrooge or A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Bah, Humbug. In this movie, taken from a book based on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge has lost the meaning of Christmas. Visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future he once again discovers true meaning of Christmas. With Tiny Tim reflecting the holiday season perfectly in saying “God bless us everyone”.

Here Maureen Ohara, a department store executive, is a modern woman who sees only the commercial side of Christmas…unfortunately this attitude has been passed on to her daughter. Enter Kris Kringle and he slowly starts to show them the magic of holidays. Some great character actors make this movie a must at Christmas. There have been lots of remakes so take your pick, but this one still is the best just to see a young Natalie Wood.

Honorable Mentions

  • Holiday Inn – Just to hear the music of Irving Berlin and see Fred Astaire dance
  • Babes In Toyland – To see the the great comic duo Laurel and Hardy
  • Meet Me In St Louis – The lovely and talented Judy Garland
  • We’re No Angels – There is only one Humphrey Bogart Christmas movie

White Christmas

This classic movie features the talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. With Danny Kaye’s great comic bits and Rosemary Clooney’s voice it makes for a perfect holiday treat. Throw in some global warming during a hot December in Vermont and you wonder if they had a premonition of the future .

So block off some time with the family and share a couple of these great classic movies.

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