Every year as the Holidays approach, television stations flood the air with Holiday themed programming. It could be a risky decision as not everyone wants to watch Holiday shows for a month straight. However, I think there are plenty of people that do want to watch this type of programming. For many, it is a great way to spend time with family and friends. It can also help people get into the “Holiday Spirit”. Many movies have been made that are Holiday themed. I wanted to take a look at some of the most popular movies from over the years. Which movies are considered the best Holiday Movies? Does the movie need to have a Holiday scene? Does it need to be about presents? I think this can be a very vague topic because the Holidays could have such a drastically different meaning for people. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Some would say it is because the events of the movie fall during a work Christmas party. I am going to take a look at the more traditional types of movies that focus on a Holiday theme.
My personal favorite types of Christmas movies are real similar. I would imagine it is because of my age and what seemed to be shown when I was an impressionable child. I am very fond of Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As you can see I am into the traditional animated films that many other people enjoy. Just because I like them does not make them the best.
The 1940’s has a very large amount of classic Christmas themed movies that have withstood the test of time. When you look at lists of the greatest Christmas movies of all time like this one and this one they are flooded with movies from the 40’s. The top 5 movies of all time are from the 40’s according to Rotten Tomatoes. I am sure there is a reason for this, but I am not a film historian and it is not that important to me to figure out why. I can say that I have seen Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. Both of these are very fine films and I usually catch pieces of each every year around this time.
Here are a few more films that are extremely popular this time of year. A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf, and The Santa Clause seem to dominate the landscape and for good reason. They are good, clean, family friendly movies that appeal to a wide audience. You can not forget about The Polar Express. That movie has gone on to have great success in more areas than one. Every year small railroads around the country use The Polar Express as a theme. It has become quite popular and in many cases you have to buy your seats months in advance. Here is one of the places for the themed ride. As you can see they have turned the movie into a marketing machine by selling all kinds of merchandise based around the movie.
Another group of movies that have quite the following are Christmas comedies. My personal favorites are Scrooged, Bad Santa, and Christmas Vacation. These movies are not necessarily family oriented because of adult material throughout. However, when watching them as an adult, they are much funnier than I previously thought upon my initial viewing. I think that everyone has different taste in movies. I also think that the selection of Holiday movies is so great that people can find whatever they are into. The best part about watching the movies is the company you are watching them with. Cherish your family and friends and I hope you have a Happy Holidays!