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One of my favorite Christmas traditions that Jacob and I have started together is our annual Christmas movie countdown. We compiled our top 29 (yes, you read that right) Christmas movies and every year during the week of Thanksgiving we literally have a ‘draft’ to choose the order in which we watch them.

This year’s draft


Here’s our list in last year’s order.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon  *A classic. We both hate the live action one
  2. Christmas Vacation *Why’s the carpet all wet Todd? *Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big? Bend over and I’ll show you.
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas *Tied with the Grinch for my all time favorite
  4. A Christmas Story *Jacob’s childhood favorite &one I’ve grown to love. You’ll shoot your eye out.
  5. Home Alone *What kid from the ‘90s doesn’t love this movie?
  6. Scrooged *Oh how I love me some Bill Murray
  7. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas *A Jim Henson classic and my earliest Christmas movie memory. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your list. Don’t forget the tissues.
  8. Muppet Christmas Carol *No cheeses for us meeses.
  9. White Christmas *I could watch this one over and over
  10. Trading Places *Surprised? Watch this one again. Definitely a Christmas movie. A hilarious one at that.
  11. Elf *Not now artic puppet!
  12. Muppet Family Christmas *Another little known Jim Henson masterpiece. The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock all in one Christmas spectactular.
  13. The Santa Clause *Tim Allen makes a great Santa Claus
  14. Jingle All the Way *Sinbad as the bad guy in an Arnold Christmas flick? Yes, please.
  15. Polar Express *Surprisingly awesome for a recent animated movie.
  16. Pee Wee’s Christmas Special *Some fantastic celebrity cameos in this one
  17. SNL Christmas *Pete Schweddy’s Schweddy Balls
  18. The Christmas Toy  *Jim Henson again. The exact plot of Toy Story only ten years earlier.
  19. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer *Another classic. Santa is such a jerk in this one.
  20. Die Hard *An addition from Jacob. He insists he counts as a Christmas movie.  We agree to disagree.
  21. Miracle on 34th Street *The original black & white version with Natalie Wood. Sorry Dylan McDermott
  22. Ernest saves Christmas *Need I say more?
  23. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas *An animated gem that we watched every year as a kid
  24. It’s a Wonderful Life *Merry Christmas, movie house! This year we saw a play adaptation instead of watching the movie.
  25. Clamation Christmas Celebration *Here we come a waffling. California Raisins!
  26. A Year Without a Santa Clause *Admittedly not my favorite but a good classic
  27. Love, Actually *I finally convinced Jacob to add this one a few years ago and now it’s one of his favorites too
  28. Frosty the Snowman *Look at that Frosty go
  29. Holiday Inn *This will be our first year to watch this one but I’ve heard it’s great.

Am I leaving any out? Are there any you haven’t heard of?

This is Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas posts.
Day 1: Silver Dollar City

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