Christmas Movies To Get You In Mood for Christmas

Happy Christmas Viewing

I wrote this hub in response to a brilliant question asked by fellow hubber, mactavers

'What's your favourite Christmas movie to get you in the holiday spirit?'

And it got me thinking of which 5 movies I would watch if I was having a solo movie marathon during this Christmas season.

I tend to prefer a Christmas movie which has the "Awww" factor, makes me feel all warm inside but might also make me chuckle a few times.

So this selection of 5 Christmas favourites is mainly made up of movies of the heart warming variety.

I could have included some other favourites like Elf, Muppets Christmas Carol and Bad Santa but I am in a festive mood today. Snow was lying on the ground yesterday and I must say it has added to to me getting into the spirit of Christmas.

So without delay, here are my 5 Christmas movies for getting me into the spirit of the season.

What are yours? Put your choices in the comments section. Happy Holidays!

The Grinch when listening to music "It's joyful and triumphant" - brilliant!
The Grinch when listening to music "It's joyful and triumphant" - brilliant! | Source

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I love this movie!

Based on the children's book by Dr Seuss, Ron Howard the director brings it to life through the magic of brilliant performances, especially from Jim Carrey but also with his attention to detail in recreating the town of WhoVille.

The antics of Jim Carrey's pet dog are also work seeing.

Special effects galore and amazing prosthetic make up give all of the characters in Christmas Time WhoVille an amazingly similar look, apart from the gorgeous Cindy-Lou Who with her blonde locks, and Jim Carrey is on top form as The Grinch.

His wonderful hide up in Mount Crumpet is amazing and seeing him come down to WhoVille on his sleigh like some manic creature is a cinematic marvel.

Carrey gives a performance that is in turns hilarious and then pathetic. He is angry and at the same time amusing. Will he wreck Christmas for WhoVille?

It is a tour de force performance, all the more amazing because this is a children's movie.

Grab the popcorn, settle down and be prepared to laugh a lot but then say a big "Awww" at the end.

White Christmas

What's not to like about White Christmas.

I have seen this movie quite a few times and I never tire of it.

What's not to like - Danny Kay, Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney singing and dancing for the guests at a hotel show to raise money for their old commander, General Waverly.

You have to just be taken along with the whole idea and not dig too deep. White Christmas is not that kind of movie.

It is a big too sugary in places and I always thought that Bing was too old for Rosemary Clooney but you accept it for what it is - a heart warming tale of two good guys helping out a man they love and respect. The gals are there for the high kicks, songs and love interest.

The movie is most famous for Irving Berlin's wonderful score and of course the title song, Bing at his best!

Alistair Sim as Scrooge in the 1951 version of the movie
Alistair Sim as Scrooge in the 1951 version of the movie

Scrooge

Dickens' A Christmas Carol is his one novel solely dedicated to the festive season and he tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who does not want to give his clerk the day off or to be able to leave early to spend the holidays with his wife and children.

But old misery guts had not planned on the ghostly visitations that evening and that is the basis of the Scrooge story - a man being shown a picture of himself fro the past, present and then the future.

It is an amazing cinematic journey to see Scrooge on the big screen and I even still get a kick out of seeing it on the TV too.

There have been many versions made but in my own opinion, they were not all created equal.

My favourite (and the only one to make my list) is the 1951 version of Scrooge starring Alistair Sim as Scrooge. The end of that movie had us all cheering when I saw it in the cinema in the 1970s at a special Christmas Movies screening week.

Still a Christmas classic. If you want to see the best version, this is it, others which followed are not in the same ballpark.

A lovely angel, Clarence
A lovely angel, Clarence | Source

It's A Wonderful Life

James Stewart is fantastic in this movie and the storyline is great.

How can it fail, it has a guardian angel and allows someone to look back to the past to see how life might have turned out if he had dies.

The story line has conflict in the background throughout but also tells us how a man can see his life in a totally different way when he is shown himself through other people's eyes.

Frank Capra directed the movie and the Christmas time setting was a stroke of genius because it is a movie which fits its time of year so well.

At the start of It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey is considering suicide, at the end he has found himself again and proved that love really does conquer all and that nothing else matters except the people you love and who love you.

Miracle on 34th Street

I have no preference over which version to watch on my Christmas Movie Marathon, in fact I could watch both and squash all the other movies in the middle?

The movie is about Kriss Kringle, the man chosen to play Santa Claus in Macy's department store.

Kriss Kringle believes that he is Santa Claus and soon this news leads to him possibly being sent to an asylum.

The 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn is a wonderful movie but the 1994 version with Richard Attenbrough in the lead role is equally good.

John Hughes directed the 94 version but sticks very closely to the original so there is no loss of joy when watching the remake.

The whole premise of the movie is about children believing in Santa Claus and by the end of the movie Kriss Kringle might have you convinced too.

What Are Your Christmas Favourites?

So now you have a list of my own Christmas favourites and I might change my mind tomorrow but for now, these are the movies I would pick to put me in the holiday spirit.

What are your favourites? Did you find room for a Bad Santa? Scrooged? A Christmas Story?

Please comment if you see fit and tell me what your favourite Christmas movies would be to get you in the holiday spirit.

Merry Christmas! Many thanks for reading.

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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Glad you liked it - it is getting a few views lately (2 months too late) :o)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Very nice hub. Thanks and voted up.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Nancynurse, many thanks for reading - come back next December 1st :o)


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nancynurse 3 years ago from Southeast USA

What a great idea for a hub. Thanks for sharing.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Linda, many thanks for your comment and MERRY CHRISTMAS to You and Yours, much love....Jools x


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Jools! My favorite christmas movie is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Followed by Santa Clause with Tim Allen and Home Alone. All three of these movies teach important lessons and have a lot of laughs! Merry Christmas to YOU!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Tony, thanks for your comment. I have not read the Dr Seuss book so I accepted the Grinch the way I saw him in the movie. Looks like Christmas Vacation is making a bid for this list.....:o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Deb, It's A Wonderful Life is on British TV today! I stopped myself from watching it though because I want my daughter to watch it with me so I'm saving it for another day.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, Christmas Vacation is one of my daughter's faves and I have seen it but my husband dislikes the leading man so I only get to watch it on my own now :o)


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tonyfischer 3 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

@mary615 Christmas vacation does not disappoint when it come to the classic Clark Griswold Meltdown at the end.


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tonyfischer 3 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

All good ones, although the lastest release of the grinch almost made him a sympathic character from the begining. The whos were so mean to him they almost justified his behavior. Not really true to Dr. Suess' original but entertaining none the less. You also have to give honorable mentions to the Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation as well. Good Hub!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

My favorite is It's a Wonderful Life, but I have to say, I prefer Holiday Inn to White Christmas. And I agree with Mary, Christmas Vacation is a classic.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Well, you picked my favorites, but I do have another: Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds! I crack up everything I watch that one.

I voted this UP and will share.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Dianna, thanks for your comment -we all love The Grinch, he's such a sourpuss at the start of the movie but is won over by the end and Jim Carrey is so funny. I like it when he dresses up as Santa and goes to steal all fo the WhoVille pressies.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I need to pick up The Grinch movie from our local library. It's one I haven't watched in ages and you have reminded me of how much fun it is to view. The moral of the story is also very rewarding. Great movie pics.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

shiningirisheyes, Ah The Grinch ....."It's joyful and triumphant!". Thansk so much for your comment.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

HI John, Elf almost made it! My daughter begged me to includeit because it is her favourite but I stuck to my guns :o) Thanks for your comment.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

GRL, Many thanks for your comment - I love watching Christmas movies, especially if it is cold outside :o)


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

You made some fine selections here. I know practically every line to "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and I think Jim Carey did a fine job bringing the Grinch to life.

My other favorite is "It's a Wonderful Life."

I watch every single Holiday movie there is, time permitting. Pretty good for a Grinch like me, huh?

Great hub


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itsmejohnsmith 3 years ago from London

Great hub! I love Christmas films, with 'Elf' being a personal favourite. They really get everyone in the mood for Christmas cheer. :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Applause for your wonderful hub. All of these are my favorites too plus some others such as Holiday Inn and all the Santa Claus Movies with Tim Allen. Passing this on.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, Oh to pot with it being solo! Come on over, I'll gather all the H clan together and we'll settle down to a Christmas Marathon to remember :o)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Julie....All, excellent selctions for encouraging the Christmas Spirit. I'd be happy to watch them with you...but then it wouldn't be a SOLO marathon!!.........UP+++


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

lovedoctor926, thanks for your comment - I think Christmas should 'feel' different and these movies do help to make the festive season more 'Christmassy' (is that a word? If not, it should be!).


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

MArtin, thanks for your comment - glad you liked my choices.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I'm just like you. I love Christmas movies that make me feel all warm & fuzzy inside. Some of my favorite movies are Miracle on 34th street, the Grinch that stole Christmas & Home Alone.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.I think you got them all. At least my favorites.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Alecia, I don't know anyone who doesn't love that movie and quite agree with you, James Stewart is just wonderful in this movie - Capra could not really go wrong having him as the lead, he was one of the best. Many thanks for your comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, NL Christmas Vacation is one we've watched a few times as well. it is hard deciding on a marathon - I think I was an more of a feel good mood when I selected these but your choice is also a good movie. Thnansk so much for your comment.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

It's A Wonderful Life is so awesome but it's hard to deny the power of Jimmy Stewart's acting and Frank Capra's direction. Timeless, heartfelt, and simple. Great hub!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

All great movies you picked here and for me personally I would add National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase, because that movie has always made me laugh!! That said enjoyed reading your list here and have of course voted up and shared all over!!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Billybuc -I don't do religious movies to be honest - not my scene, i like a bit of fun entertainment, pure and simple. Thanks as always for your comment, I certainly appreciate it!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle....watch White Christmas! You will love it! Thanks for your comment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thank God you didn't put "The Christmas Story" on your list; I'm one of the few in this world who does not like that show. However, I love all of these, especially "It's A Wonderful Life."


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love Grinch too. The direction by Ron Howard and Carrey's performance was great. I enjoyed it!! Haven't heard of White Christmas, will give it a watch! Sharing.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

mactavers, oh well some of my favourites are on that list :o) Great question though, just the right one to get people thinking about their entertainment choices at this time of year.


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mactavers 4 years ago

Hi Jools, I asked the original question regarding favorite Christmas movie, both on my Facebook and HubPages. Grinch, It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, and Christmas Story were the winners. Someone liked Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby, from which we have the carol White Christmas. You wrote a wonderful Hub on this topic. Merry Christmas

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