Countdown: Top 5 kids Christmas movies
1. ‘The Santa Clause’
This is the first Christmas movie I can remember watching and that is why it will always be my favorite. I stayed up late many nights hoping to hear the reindeer on my roof or I would sneak into the kitchen, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus putting my gifts under the tree and eating the cookies I left behind. I may or may not have secretly hoped my dad would be put in Scott Calvin’s shoes and have to take on the job of Santa Claus and I would get to ride off to the North Pole with him – I always thought I’d make a good elf.
2. ‘A Christmas Story’
I remember spending one snowy Christmas Day watching this movie on repeat. All. Day. Long. I mean, it’s on TV for 24 hours straight for a reason, right? By the end of the day, I pretty much knew every single word and I think the rest of my family did too. I made a promise to my dad that next day that I wouldn’t make him sit through another 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” from then on – I guess he didn’t enjoy the 24-hour marathon as much as I did. So, even though I don’t watch it from sun up till sun down anymore, “A Christmas Story” is still very much a part of my Christmas Day tradition.
Who doesn’t love Buddy the Elf? Better yet, who doesn’t love Will Ferrell in tights? If you said “not me,” then you must be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. I’m not ashamed to admit that I know every single word to this movie and often find myself quoting it in my every day life. This is a movie that I can watch over and over and still laugh every single time. In fact, I’ve already seen it twice this month and I laughed through the entire thing.
4. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)
Though this isn’t my number one Christmas movie, the Grinch is my number one Christmas movie character. I relate to the Grinch on a spiritual level: I don’t deal with my feelings well, I dislike most people but I love my dog and I always laugh at my own jokes. This movie always has me laughing. And then, I always find myself tearing up at the end when the Whos all hold hands around the tree and start singing.
5. ‘The Polar Express’
I was just 8 years old when this movie came out. My third-grade class had been reading the book in anticipation of the movie release. Dressed in our Christmas pajamas, my class loaded the school bus with our golden ticket in hand to see “The Polar Express” played out on the big screen. That night, I stayed up way past my bedtime, hoping the Polar Express would make a stop at my house. And now, every time I watch this movie, I always dream of hearing Tom Hanks’ voice outside my window yelling, “all aboard!”