Every year, after we are entirely too full of food to do anything but stare blankly at the wall, my family gathers around the television and watch “Miracle on 34th Street”. It seems a little contradictory to me now that we sit in front of a screen rather than continuing to talk about what is going on in our lives. But we are there, and we are together, and that’s part of what makes the holiday special.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite holiday movies this year: some classics, some staples (the ones that are broadcast like clockwork every year), and some new favorites. And even if your holiday traditions don’t involve sitting in front of the television with people you may only see once a year, cherish the traditions and the time you have with the people you love.
Whatever you do and however you celebrate the season, be safe, be merry, and have a wonderful holiday!
Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood (1947)
It’s A Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed (1947)
A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, and Anthony Walters (1984)
Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds (1942)
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen (1954)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer starring Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Paul Soles, Larry D. Mann, and Stan Francis (released in 2007)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Boris Karloff (rereleased in 2009)
A Charlie Brown Christmas starring Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, and Bill Melendez (2008)
Frosty the Snowman starring Jimmy Durante, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, Paul Frees, and June Foray (1965)
Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town! starring Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, and Gary White (1970)
The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz, and Eric Lloyd (1994)
Jingle All The Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, and Jake Lloyd (1996)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, and Taylor Momsen (2000)
The Muppet Christmas Carol starring Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmore, and Frank Oz (1992)
Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O’Hara (1990)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O’Hara (1992)
Miracle on 34th Street starring Mara Wilson, Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dylan McDermott (1994)
Prancer starring Sam Elliot, Cloris Leachman, Michael Constantine, and Johnny Galecki (1989)