I grew up watching this 1964 classic and I still try to catch it on tv every year. Poor Rudolph is a bit of a misfit and decides to strike out on his own. He discovers that there’s nothing wrong with being a little different and meets so many lovable characters along the way. The Bumble and Hermey are by far my favorite characters!
Ok, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Hogfather!? What in the world is Hogfather?” My husband I stumbled upon this gem on Netflix a few years back and now it’s Christmas tradition to watch every December. Based on a Terry Pratchett novel, Hogfather is so crazy and out there that you can’t help but fall in love with it! There is a conspiracy to kill the Hogfather (aka Father Christmas) and rid the world of this pesky magic business. A whole gaggle of characters become involved in the plot to find the Hogfather, including: Death, a nanny named Susan (you may notice that Susan is none other than Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey fame!), the Tooth Fairy, an assassin named Tea Time, and many many more. I really can’t do the movie justice. Watch the trailer, then watch the show!
3. A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story follows Ralphie’s holiday mission to get an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. This is my mom’s absolute favorite Christmas movie so we watch this the entire month of December. It’s just not Christmas without a leg lamp and embarrassing pink bunny pajamas!
Will Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy the elf. Buddy decides to travel to New York, via “seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops,” and the Lincoln Tunnel to reconnect with his human birth father. His childlike enthusiasm for all things Christmas bring the holiday spirit back to New York and ends up saving Santa.
5. Miracle on 34th Street
I somehow managed to not actually watch this movie until a few years ago. I was crazy! At Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade a kindly man agrees to play Santa when Doris is in a pinch. He turns out to be the perfect Santa impersonator until Doris discovers that he actually believes he is Kris Kringle. Mr. Kringle’s authenticity is tested by Doris, her cynical daughter Susan, and eventually the judiciary system.