By Michael Mann
Ahh, Christmas movies, one of the best things about Christmas, second to only the presents we receive. Today, I’ll be finding the best Christmas movies that I’ve ever watched.
5. Die Hard
You might be thinking “Die Hard that’s not a Christmas movie, dislike!” Well, I’ll level with you. I just really enjoy watching this movie…that’s pretty much it. I enjoy action movies and this is probably one of the best I’ve ever watched. For those of you who’ve never watched it, it’s about a cop named John McClane visiting his ex-wife and his daughters during Christmas. He joins his ex in a Christmas party at the place she works, which happens to be a multi-billion dollar business. Terrorists then take over the building and hold everyone in the building hostage. McClane is the only one who can save all the hostages. Hey, I personally need a break from the countless animated Christmas films with morals that are constantly airing on every channel.
4. Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
Yeah, it’s an animated movie with a moral, I know. I said I needed a break from them once in awhile, not that I hated them…heck, I love them. A Christmas Carol is about a grumpy old man named Scrooge who hates everything, especially Christmas. He gets visited by three ghosts of the past, present, and future. They show him the error of his ways, yadda, yadda, yadda. Although the animation is a little nightmarish at times…
I still really enjoy watching this each and every year.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
It is the only Christmas film that will give you nightmares on purpose. The plot is about a tall skeleton, named Jack Skellington, living in a town where everybody obsesses over Halloween all year long. Jack starts to get weary over only celebrating the one holiday, and decides to take a walk in a forest where he stumbles upon trees that have doors with symbols that represent all the major U.S. holidays.
Jack, being curious, decides to go through the one with the tree on it. It ends up being a town dedicated to only Christmas. Jack seeing all of this decides to try and convince the town to adopt the holiday. Not only is the plot original, the animation is just fantastic, I love knowing about the amount of effort put into making this movie be stop-motion rather than just a cheap CG movie. Although I’ve seen this at least a hundred times, I still look forward every Halloween and Christmas to watch them another hundred times.
2. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Yes, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, not the live-action adaptation. Even though I found Jim Carrey’s Grinch funny, I’m referring to the original animated one. If you haven’t watched this movie it’s about a town called Whoville, and before this goes any further, yes, it’s made by Dr. Seuss like it says in the title. Whoville is inhabited by Whos who love Christmas, but there is a nasty creature who lives on the outskirts of town who hates Christmas named the Grinch. The Grinch is plotting to ruin Christmas. I really suggest watching this movie if you haven’t already. Those of you out there, like me, who enjoys watching this movie, there is a 3-D adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas coming out on November 9th, 2018.
Honorable Mention: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!
I would put this as number 1 on the list if it wasn’t just a 22-minute special of an animated T.V. show airing on Nickelodeon.The plot is about Spongebob accidentally spreading hate around due to Plankton and his schemes. I love seeing the hard-work they poured into just a single episode by making it stop-motion. I strongly suggest watching it if you haven’t in awhile or haven’t watched it already. In my opinion, it’s the most quality episode of SpongeBob there has been for quite awhile.
1. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town & A Year Without Santa Claus
There are two reasons why I picked two movies for number one. First reason, they’re both really good movies. The plot is great the animation is great. Reason two, “A Year Without Santa Claus” follows the same Santa and just adds more characters and makes the plot different from the first movie. The plot in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” is pretty much the backstory of Santa, how Santa became the Santa we know and love today. The second one is about Santa being sick and everyone finding out and becoming sad. In the end, Santa gets up despite his illness and saves the day. You pretty much know the story even if you haven’t watched the movie. Even though the plot is a little cliche’, I still really enjoy watching these movies twice a day every day of December each year since my birth and until my eventual death.
Did your favorite Christmas film make it on the list, or disagree with any of my choices? Write it in the comment section below.