Top 5 Christmas Movie Recommendations 2009

I’ve never done a Christmas movie recommendation post before, but I figured we’d give it a shot since there are some good ones out there. I’m only going to do my top 5 and I know there are a lot more (and probably better) Christmas movies out there, but these are the ones I’m feeling this year, and yes these are in a particular order.

5. Gremlins
This is probably not the first movie you think of when it comes to Christmas, but it is most definitely a Christmas movie. Billy is given a Mogwai for Christmas by his father, but it comes with some rules (which really don’t make any sense). Rule #1, Keep it out of bright lights. Other than the fact that bright lights hurt him and would probably lead to death, this rule didn’t cause too many problems during the first movie as it took place mostly at night anyways. Rule #2, Do not feed it after midnight. Now this is a rule I have a problem with. What time zone does the mogwai’s eating schedule follow? He was purchased in Asia (or maybe it was just Chinatown… Not sure, but I still have the same question) which is a totally different time zone than the US, so how would Billy know when not to feed the thing? And how long after midnight do you have to wait? Is it like cell phone “night” hours? Do I have to wait until 6am before you can feed the thing again? This rules makes no sense. Rule #3, Do not get it wet. So you are never allowed to wash the mogwai so be prepared to have a smelly ball of fur on your hands after about 2-3 days. I mean, what if the thing falls in the garbage it gets gum in it’s hair? You can’t get it wet so you can’t wash it… But as you can imagine, all of those things happen which leads to evil Gremlins spawing from Gizmo the Mogwai and the Gremlins run amok on the town. So while it’s not your traditional Christmas movie, it occurs at Christmas and is a great movie so just deal with it.

4. Elf
Will Ferrell is an Elf in the North Pole, however he’s not a normal elf. When he starts to get bigger than all of the other elves he realizes that he’s not an elf at all and sets out to find his real father. So he makes his way down to New York and starts terrorizing his real father’s new family, eating all their candy and sweets and drinking all their coke. I thought it was a pretty good movie and it’s not the same Will Ferrell character that he plays in all his other movies. It’s got some emotion to it, but is overall just a fun Christmas movie to watch.

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3. Home Alone
I’m a little partial to Home Alone as it was filmed near my house and my dad was the fire inspector on some of the later sequels, but besides that the movie is one that the whole family can enjoy. Kevin is the runt of the family and tends to get overlooked when it comes to pretty much everything, so it’s no surprise when the family leaves for their holiday vacation and completely forgets that he is asleep in the attic (he’s in the attic because the extended family is all staying at the house the night before they leave). So they all leave without him and only realize it when they are on the plane headed to their destination. Back at home a couple of burglars think they have an easy score when they try to break into the house, but little did they know that Kevin was still at home with a few tricks up his sleeve. This one has always been a favorite of mine. I remember seeing it in the theaters when it first came out and I still give it a watch whenever it comes on TV. I also get reminded of it every time I drive by the church down the street from my house as it’s the one used in the movie.

2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If anyone makes a “Top Christmas Movie” list and leaves out this movie their list should automatically lose all credibility (same goes for my #1 movie as well). Clark Griswold and family are back for another wacky adventure. This time the gang takes a break from the out of town vacations and stays home and invites the whole family over for the holidays. Clark decorates the entire exterior of the house with so many lights you could see it from space, he waxes up a saucer sled and takes it for a spin, he even gets a sweet bonus to the jelly of the month club. This movie has everything and should be a must watch for everyone around the holiday season.

1. A Christmas Story
All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Rider BB gun, but everyone tells him he’ll shoot his eye out. But being the good dad that he is, his father gets him one anyways and of course, Ralphie shoots his eye out. This is the movie that made sticking your tongue to a cold metal pole the cool thing to do at school (or the cool thing to get the other kids to do). This movie also introduced us to one of the greatest feats of engineering ever, the leg lamp. So if you’re like me, on Christmas morning you will run downstairs in your pink bunny outfit, sit down in the front of the TV and watch the 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon, praying that there is a Red Rider BB gun waiting for you under that tree. So again, if this movie does not appear on someone’s “Favorite Christmas Movie” list they are either, A. Jewish or B. should not be trusted.

Hope everyone has a great holiday season and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas these are still some great movies to watch. And as a quick “honorable mention” I want to throw “Bad Santa” out there as well. Billy Bob Thorton plays one of the greatest Santa Claus’ to ever grace the silver screen even if he isn’t jolly and fat. So what are your favorite Christmas/holiday movies?