Like most people, I have a list of must-see movies to watch at Christmas time. I don't get to watch all the movies on my list anymore since, well, you know...kids, but I try to see at least a few off my list every year.
Here are my top 10 favorite Christmas movies.
1. It's a Wonderful Life
Description from Amazon: George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all –
and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in
flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing
his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town
would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over
the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his
family and forget suicide?
2. Family Man
Description from Amazon: Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) is a single, wealthy Wall Street trader
living the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one
winter morning when he wakes up in suburban New Jersey next to Kate (Tea
Leoni), the girlfriend he left 13 years ago. He's now got two kids,
he's traded in his Ferrari for a minivan all while trying not to lose
3. While You Were Sleeping
Description from Amazon: Lucy, a lonely subway worker, becomes smitten with a
handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher -- MALICE). But when she saves his
life after he's been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously
offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate
as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she's never met! And
when Lucy falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman -- INDEPENDENCE
DAY) the situation really gets uproarious as she's forced to make a
choice between the two!
4. The Holiday
Description from Amazon: Two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change
their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry
another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she
lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live
6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet
online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the
holiday. Iris moves into Amanda's L.A. house in sunny California as
Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after
arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either
wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome
brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary
screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film
composer Miles (Black).
5. The Nutcracker Ballet
Description from Amazon: Under Baryshnikov's inventive direction, the traditionally lighthearted
story of a small girl's dream on Christmas Eve is transformed into a
more complex theatrical experience.
6. The Santa Clause
Description from Amazon: Tim Allen shines bright in
Disney's magical, larger-than-life hit comedy that "People" magazine
dubbed "The most playfully amusing, inventive cinematic ... fable in
7. The Santa Clause 2
Description from Amazon: Tim Allen reappears in SANTA CLAUSE 2, the hilarious sequel to
everybody's holiday favorite. Scott Calvin (Allen) has been Santa Claus
for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one
ever. But Scott's got problems. His son Charlie has landed on this
year's "naughty" list, and if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve --
one very, very short month away -- he'll stop being Santa forever.
8. Little Women
Description from Amazon: Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon
star in this "affectionate, superbly acted" (Los Angeles Times) family
favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone
to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg; fragile Beth; and romantic Amy.
As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and
painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue.
9. Veggie Tales: The Toy That Saved Christmas
Description from Amazon: Appearing in his own TV commercials, unscrupulous toy maker, Wally P.
Nezzer has convinced all of Dinkletown that "Christmas is when you get
stuff!" With the town's children begging for more toys, it's sure to be
the worst Christmas ever - until one brave little Buzz-Saw Louie doll
decides to take matters into his own hands! The Toy That Saved Christmas
reminds children of all ages the "Christmas isn't about getting; it's
10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Description from Amazon: Narrated by award-winning actor Ossie Davis, the production takes us on a
journey of a runaway little girl's decision to return to her family
after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old
caretaker who guides her on her journey. This magical story - which
features appearances from Atlantic recording artists Jewel and Michael
Crawford - was filmed entirely on location at the newly refurbished and
historic Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, and includes
performances of such tracks as "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King
Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and
"This Christmas Day,".
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?