I'm sort of obsessed with Christmas. I'm not going to deny it. I'm totally proud of it. I'm also obsessed with Christmas movies and this will also not be denied. I watch them all year. Give me whatever speech you'd like about encroaching on other holidays because it won't phase me in the least. I love feel-good jolliness all year long. Christmas movies are uplifting and warm and sometimes even cater to my romantic heart. Besides, if you don't like Christmas movies, it's quite possible that you have no soul.
So I either buy or rent or watch on Netflix, any Christmas movies I ever get my hands on. I won't claim to have seen them all, but I've seen a lot. I also won't claim to love them all because sometimes the acting can be incredibly poor. But I love a lot of them. Give me a good, cheesy, romantic story with good acting and I'm yours. If any of these ten movies hold claim to cheesiness, I'll warn you, but will not apologize for the sappy genius.
Okay, so here goes, in no particular order . . . good Christmas movies can't be rated without offending the season:
1. Irving Berlin's White Christmas
- I don't care who you are. I don't care if you like dancing or singing. If you can't appreciate Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen and Danny Kaye's artistic talents, then you probably shouldn't watch Christmas movies anyway.
2. Dear Santa
- My family loves this one. It's one of our favorites. It's a romantic, feel-good movie that focuses a lot on hope and service to others. I seriously probably watch it once a week. All year.
3.It's A Wonderful Life
- I shouldn't even have to say it, but this is a classic. And I prefer it in black and white, but they sell both versions. James Stewart is fantastic and the story is uplifting and wonderful. It's a must watch every year.
4. The 12 Dates of Christmas - I can't find this to purchase anywhere, but it's on Netflix. It's a great movie. It's like a holiday version of Groundhog Day. Can't go wrong with that. Plus, if you watched Saved by the Bell and were in love with Zack Morris, it's like a trip down memory lane.
5. The Santa Clause
- I love this movie and it's not just because of Neal's ridiculous Christmas sweaters. It's a warm and kind of healing movie, I think.
6. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Love it. Period. Just a warning though, if you have little kids who still believe in Santa Claus, I probably wouldn't let them watch this one. It will get them asking questions you don't want to answer. I've never let my kids watch it, but I do all the time.
7. Miracle on 34th Street
- There are several versions of this movie and the new one is actually good too, but I still like the classic the best. The magic of Christmas right there.
8. A Boyfriend for Christmas
- This is probably the cheesiest of all my picks, but it's still totally cute. Just a good romantic comedy. Totally worth watching.
9. The Christmas Shoes
- If you don't feel like crying . . . well, okay, or completely sobbing . . . through the entire thing, then don't watch it. Luckily for me, I don't mind shamelessly blubbering. If a movie is capable of capturing heartbreak and happiness at the same time, this is the one. Great movie. Plus, Kimberly Williams-Paisley rules. And actually, there are two sequels to this which are also good.
10. Home Alone
- I've been watching this since I was a kid and I still love it. Funny and yet works in the hope of the Christmas season. It's an incredibly well-done film.