After having numerous debates on Twitter and in person about favorite Christmas movies, I’ve decided to compile my true Mt. Rushmore of them. They all be sure to get you in the spirit and get the true meaning of Christmas back in your heart, as Christmas classics should. You won’t find fake Christmas movies like Die Hard or Home Alone on this list. Without further ado, here are the heads.
Head I: Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
There are many claymation, slow moving, cartoon movies that are considered classic Christmas movies. There’s Santa Clause is Coming to Town, the Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, but none put it all together like Rudolph.
Rudolph had memorable characters like Rudolph himself, the elf that wants to be a dentist Hermy, the prospector Yukon Cornelius (what a name), the abominable snowman, and whole island of misfit toys. It was a star-studded cast with songs and an adventure that should be a part of everyone’s Christmas every year. And it’s hilarious seeing how they treat Rudolph just for having a red-nose. Even Santa is a jerk to him. It makes his comeback all the more special.
Head II: Jingle All The Way
This movie is relatable to two types of people:
- Kids who have ever really really really wanted a specific gift for Christmas.
- Parents who have ever really really really wanted to get their kid that specific gift they wanted for Christmas.
So it really relates to anybody with a heart. Not to mention its The Terminator and the underrated Sinbad being the competing dads trying to win the affection of their children by providing them with that super cool toy. Who wouldn’t want a Turbo-Man doll? The movie shows just how far a man can go to please their child and is inspiring for future parents everywhere when it comes to gift-giving.
It also gives you classic lines like, “Nobody likes you Booster.”
Head III: The Santa Brothers
This is the forgotten classic that you probably haven’t seen. Well, I’ve seen it and I’m here to say it’s magnificent. It’s the best take on Santa’s kids ever done. The premise is that Santa’s three sons Mel, Daryl and Roy (beautiful names) go to “Santa” Monica to find the true meaning of Christmas.
It’s hilarious watching these three bumble around Santa Monica in Santa suits, and then somehow bring it all together at the end. It’s a story about Christmas and family, and what more could you want during the holidays?
Head IV: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
In terms of life action movies of our generation vying for the “Christmas Classic” title, I think it comes down to Elf or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I’ll admit that Elf has grown on me a lot over the years, but there’s something about the, the, the… the Grinch!
From the beautiful mind of Dr. Seuss, the story of a Christmas hater who learns to love Christmas is spun in such a way that you’ll find yourself reminded what Christmas is all about after each watching. Jim Carrey bringing the Grinch to life, the brave Cindy Lou Who doing her Cindy Lou Who thing, and throwing in the moving “Where are You Christmas?” song and you got the fourth spot on the Christmas Mt. Rushmore.
Honorable Mention (The “Not Quite Mt. Rushmore” Mt. Rushmore):
The Polar Express
Frosty the Snowman
The Santa Clause
The Night Before