So. I have decided that I will do a countdown to the 12 days of Christmas instead of doing 25 consecutive posts, mainly because school is majorly stressing me out right now. At least blogging is a stress reliever, right?
Also, look at that. If you read through my blog posts, we just jumped all the way from 25 days until Christmas to TWELVE days until Christmas. Isn’t that awesome? I sure think it is.
One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is watching all our favorite Christmas movies all over again. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite Christmas movies. They are in no particular order except for the last one. I always save the best for last.
The Polar Express: I have wonderful memories of watching this in elementary school. As the winter break approached, our classes would hold a pajama day and we would all get popcorn and hot chocolate (with marshmallows!) while we watched this sweet film. When I was little I always loved movies or books where I could imagine I was going on the adventure, and I loved imagining what would happen if I traveled on a train to the North Pole. It is such a magical movie. If only we did that now in high school. We always had parties in elementary school but now I’m old and boring.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: Just like the Polar Express, this movie is a heartwarming story. You can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss. Pair that with Christmas and you’ve got yourself a winner. Everything is charming about this movie, from the cartoons to Whoville itself to the songs generously interspersed throughout the film. But maybe the best thing is that since I’ve seen this movie before, part of me always loves some of the evil Grinch at the beginning because I know that eventually he will come to realize the power of both kindness and Christmas. Oh, and by the way there will be no watching of the new version. It must be the classic one. Always. I’m sure the new one is fabulous but I do not tolerate anything but tradition during the Christmas season.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie Brown is actually the best. I challenge you to show me someone who does not love every single character in the Charlie Brown movies. Party poopers. (Just kidding. Kind of. Not really.) I love how in this movie Linus takes a moment to recognize the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of all the fun Charlie Brown shenanigans. Oh, and the Charlie Brown tree is iconic. We have one of those and it plays the theme song too.
Andre Rieu: Christmas Around the World: We watch Andre Rieu pretty much every Christmas. My grandparents and a close family friend of theirs and ours love Andre Rieu and I’ve grown to love it as well. Except when I was little I totally fell asleep everytime we watched one of those videos. They are so long! Pleasant, but lengthy. What I really love is how they not only play music but also pair it with fancy dresses and scenery and all around gorgeousness.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My family watches this every Christmas and it is by far my favorite Christmas movie. It’s short but sweet. As jerky as the animation is, I love it for its old timey simplicity and the sweet undercurrent of acceptance among us all no matter our differences. Besides that, old timey Christmas songs are absolutely packed into this movie and those are the best. I have come to love all the characters in this film and Christmas really doesn’t start in our house until we’ve watched this. If you haven’t seen it yet, go do that now. This post is over anyways.
What are your favorite Christmas movies? Have you seen any of these? ARE YOU EXCITED THAT THERE ARE ONLY TWELVE DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS?!?