Sarah’s Top 10 Christmas Movies for 2018

Hermey the elf and Rudolph, two characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Hermey the elf and Rudolph, two characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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There are so many movies you can watch this time of year and everyone has their go-to Christmas movie for the season. Even if you do not celebrate the holiday, one of the greatest Christmas traditions is to get together with friends and/or family and watch a great Christmas movie. Not all of these may be in the order you like, and there were so many to choose from, but here is a Top 10 list for the best Christmas movies to watch.

#10: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)- You know the song and the story of one of Santa’s reindeer with the glowing red nose. Actually, the song was written a decade after the character was invented and has been a hit ever since.

#9: “Love Actually” (2003)- If you like a good “rom-com,” this is the movie for you. The movie follows the stories of many different couples during the Christmas season in London, England. This movie has a star-studded cast with actors like Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and so many more.

#8: “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)- This classic old-fashioned Christmas movie really makes you reflect on life and be grateful for everything you have during the holiday season. The story goes through the life of George Bailey (played by James “Jimmy” Stewart) and shows how great his life really is. It is a cheesy movie, but it is pretty great nonetheless.

#7: “The Polar Express” (2004)- Who doesn’t know the story of the magical train that takes children that do not believe in Santa Clause to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This movie is kinda creepy at parts, but otherwise, it is loved by many and has a fantastic soundtrack. The voices of Tom Hanks and Josh Hutcherson are used in this movie.

#6: “The Santa Clause” (1994)- With Tim Allen as the leading protagonist Santa Clause in this 90’s classic, “The Santa Clause” is the best movie for a bit of a throwback. There is “The Santa Clause 2” and “3” as well, but they do not compare to the original. If you do not know the story, Tim Allen yells to a guy who is on his roof; it is actually Santa, and he falls off the roof. Allen then becomes Santa Clause and that is where the rest of the story builds on.

#5: “Home Alone” (1990)- In its opening weekend, “Home Alone” was at the top of the box office, making $17,081 997 in 1,202 theaters and became the highest grossing film in 1990 and broke the Guinness World Record. This movie was a fun movie for all to enjoy and had many sequels following it.

#4: “Elf” (2003)- Everyone knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to year. This hilarious Christmas movie follows the story of an “elf” named Buddy who wants to find his dad in New York City. Will Ferrell, the main character Buddy, took the character seriously and he frolicked around the real New York City in character and tights and everything.

#3: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)- “Good grief.” Did you know that aluminum Christmas trees were popular at the time of the special, and the popularity of the trees decreased after the special was released? Due to the fact that Charlie Brown wanted everyone to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, everyone stopped buying aluminum trees. Everyone knows this cute and classic story.

#2: “A Christmas Story” (1983)- Yes, you can get your tongue stuck on a metal pole. This hilarious Christmas movie is one of the bests. If you do not know this story, then you are missing out. There is a kid named Ralphie who is going through the Christmas season avoiding a bully and dreaming of his dream Christmas gift: the Red Ryder Air Rifle.

#1: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)- This movie is definitely the number one movie of the season. It is so funny and has so many quotable moments that it would be hard to count. Being one of the two Christmas movies that were released in 1989, this movie also has ties to an earlier movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” This movie is so funny and definitely number 1!

Do you think this list is right? Let us know your favorite Christmas movie.