Favorite Holiday Movies

I'm not trying to tell you what to watch or not watch. Tastes in movies vary widely and I will admit I'm way out of the main stream when it comes to popular movies. For example, I've never waited in line for a movie--not because I'm unwilling to, it's just that the movies I want to see don't draw large crowds. The movies I see are never in the bigger auditoriums up close to the front of the multi-plex. The movies on my must-see list are in the little theaters at the back. It's usually just me and a few other weird-os there.

My recent favorites include:

  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Tree of Life
  • Anna Karenina
  • Beyond Midnight
  • About Time
  • To Rome With Love

So why would I even attempt to make a holiday movie list? Notice I don't call it a "Best" list, but rather a "Favorites" list.

I've divided my favorites into three categories: 1. Classics. 2. Always Good for A Laugh. 3. Holiday Themed Rom-Coms. (Yes, I am secure enough in my manhood to admit I enjoy a good romantic comedy.)

So here's my list of favorites, actually ranked by how much I like them within the category:

1. Classics

  • White Christmas
  • Joyeaux Noel
  • Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Holiday Inn

2. Always Good for A Laugh

  • Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

3. Holiday-time Romantic Comedy

  • While You Were Sleeping
  • The Family Man
  • Bridget Jones' Diary
  • Love Actually
  • The Holiday

Not just because it would mess up my lists of fives, but I left one out that would have to be on a favorites list. The Polar Express is a favorite to watch but only with the Grand-Girls.

Let me add that if you haven't seen The Family Man you should. Maybe I'll post more about this film later because it deals with what for me is a theological reality--the concept of "the glimpse." I believe in glimpses and much of my faith is built on them.

Maybe you wondering now if you should be praying for me--absolutely!

In the meantime--do you have an opinion or list to share when it comes to holiday movie must-sees?