10. “Love Actually” (2003) So perhaps this selection doesn’t quite meet the “classic” requirement, but it’s a holiday tradition in our house. The intertwining love stories capture the spirit of the holidays and modern families of all shapes and sizes. From romantic to bromantic love, “Love Actually” is all-around warm and fuzzy.
9. “Gremlins” (1984) While this selection meets the “classic” requirement, it is certainly non-traditional in that it is technically a horror movie. However, “Gremlins” is more funny than scary in our book. Watching it as a kid in the ‘80s, it forever changed the traditional Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear” from a peaceful holiday ballad into the most terrifying background music EVER. Mrs. Peltzer proves she’s a boss in the kitchen and obliterates those nasty gremlins to a festive soundtrack. Legendary.
8. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983) Another childhood favorite was “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” This Disney adaptation of Dickens’ famous novel introduced a new generation to this classic holiday story.
7. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) This film reminded adults everywhere of the importance of believing in magic and the wonder of the season.
6. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) Charlie Brown knows it’s difficult to escape the commercialization of the holiday season. Just as he’s given up all hope, Linus reminds everyone what Christmas is all about, and the Peanuts rally to help Charlie Brown overcome his frustration. Hearts melt when you watch this Christmas classic.
5. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966) Dr. Seuss knows how to turn a phrase. This animated version of his classic tale of holiday hijinks in Whoville is one of my all-time favorites. We could watch it ten times, plus two.
4. “A Christmas Story” (1983) Everyone knows “A Christmas Story.” From the Bumpuses’ dogs and first curse words to overprotective outerwear and the one toy you HAD to have, holiday hilarity is always relatable. Twenty-four hours of “A Christmas Story” on TBS is a welcome escape every year.
3. “A Christmas Carol” (1984) This made-for-TV version of the classic literary work is one of the most beloved adaptations.
2. “White Christmas” (1954) This classic musical is a must-see in our book. Whether or not you’re a fan of musicals, this one is done right. “Count Your Blessings” and enjoy “White Christmas” with the whole family.
1. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) It’s not Christmas until George Bailey lassos the moon. Enough said.