10 Days of Gratitude until Christmas – Day 1 – Christmas Movies!

“Now more than ever…It is important to remember the true meaning of Christmas.” Scrooged – 1988

So today I’m starting a 10 day countdown of stuff that I am grateful for in the Christmas season. I am usually grateful for lots every day, but I find that in this crazy season of mad as hell shoppers. It’s important to remember the stuff that truly makes the holidays good!

These will not be in order of importance, just so you know. It’s really whatever is in my head if I can find anything there.

My favorite time of year for my list of Christmas movies. The stuff that makes me cry and think and believe that in all our humanity, there is really hope for us.

I am grateful for these flicks for they have touched a special spot in me whether it be through laughter or a sense of deep appreciation for what good people can do in this world, even to make me appreciate the ones I love. And more importantly they make me want to believe that is good in everyone!

Here are my top 5:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): The story of George Bailey, a good man who had great dreams whose life never really goes where he wanted it to go and ends up in spot that is sure to ruin him. James Stewart does a great representation of the kind soul who has always been there for others regardless of the personal cost. I suggest if you have never seen this movie that you find it and watch it. It’s worth it and the acting is fantastic!

Scrooged (1988): The story of Frank Cross, the man who has risen to the top from the ground up. He is  now a very successful  man who has become ruthless and greedy. Can a visit from 3 ghosts make him a better man. This adaptation from the original is quite funny and although I hate remakes, this one is done in such a way that will have you laughing out loud. This has been one of my favorites since it came out.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): This has been a family classic for us since I first saw it at the theater the year it came out. The hilarity of it pretty much starts from beginning and ends at the credits. It highlights in fantastic fashion how the holidays can bring out the crazy in anyone. There are still spots that can make me laugh out loud even though I have watched it for years now.

Love Actually (2003): Examining the complex lives of 9 different people and how love can connect us all. This one has become a favorite of mine. Brilliant acting from all the cast members!!

The Holiday (2006): Another great movie of 4 different people dealing with problems of love during the holidays. It’s a great watch and the warmth of it will leave you feeling great.


Honorable mentions go to Miracle on 34th Street, the original in 1947 and the The Santa Clause in 1994.

I love the way holiday movies can make you feel and I generally watch whatever my remote lands on at Christmas time, but these are my all time favorites.

If you have some that you can add to this list, please comment below. I would love to hear them.

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