Hannah Drake

25 Days of Christmas Films

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The last few years, I’ve created my own “25 Days of Christmas” (ABC Family, anyone?) with my favourite Christmas films. I love cozying up at home with some eggnog or hot cocoa and watching movies while the lights twinkle on the tree and a balsam fir candle burns on the mantle.

I’ve updated my list a bit since last year. I had made it my goal to watch 5 new Christmas movies, but ended up watching 9 new (to me) movies and I wanted some of them on this list! My friend also pointed out that I had all three of the Santa Clause movies on the list, but only the first Home Alone. This year, I only have the first movie of each, but I’ll probably watch the sequels too. Two of the movies I included come out this year—The Grinch, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I included them because I want to see them in theatres, but I made my list not knowing if I would even like them or not.

This year, instead of including my opinions, I’ve simply given the IMDb summary as well as some facts about each movie.

Arthur Christmas
Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.
Released in 2011
Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton
92% on Rotten Tomatoes

A Bad Moms Christmas
As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for mothers: Christmas.
Released in 2017
Starring: Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis
29% on Rotten Tomatoes

A Christmas Story
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Released in 1983
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillo, Darren McGavin
89% on Rotten Tomatoes

Christmas Vacation
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Released in 1989
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis
64% on Rotten Tomatoes

Christmas with the Kranks
With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
Released in 2004
Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis
5% on Rotten Tomatoes

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
Released in 2003
Starring: James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen
84% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Family Stone
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Released in 2005
Starring: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson
52% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Grinch
A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Released in 2018
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury, Kenan Thompson
57% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Holiday
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
Released in 2006
Starring: Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet
47% on Rotten Tomatoes

Home Alone
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Released in 1990
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci
62% on Rotten Tomatoes

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.
Released in 2000
Starring: Christine Baranski, Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon, Jeffrey Tambor
53% on Rotten Tomatoes

I'll Be Home for Christmas
A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.
Released in 1998
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
23% on Rotten Tomatoes

It's A Wonderful Life
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Released in 1946
Starring: James Stewart
94% on Rotten Tomatoes

Jack Frost
A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.
Released in 1998
Starring: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston
20% on Rotten Tomatoes

Jingle All the Way
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.
Released in 1996
Starring: Phil Hartman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad
16% on Rotten Tomatoes

Last Holiday
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.
Released in 2006
Starring: LL Cool J, Queen Latifah
55% on Rotten Tomatoes

Love Actually
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Released in 2003
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson
63% on Rotten Tomatoes

Love the Coopers
The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.
Released in 2015
Starring: Alan Arkin, Timothée Chalamet,
John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Oliva Wilde
19% on Rotten Tomatoes

Miracle on 34th Street
A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
Released in 1994
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Dylan, McDermott, Elizabeth Perkins, Mara Wilson
59% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Released in 1992
Starring: Michael Caine, The Muppets
73% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Night Before
On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Released in 2015
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mindy Kaling, Anthony Mackie, Seth Rogen
66% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Released in 2018
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren
32% on Rotten Tomatoes

Office Christmas Party
When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand.
Released in 2016
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn,
42% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Santa Clause
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
Released in 1994
Starring: Tim Allen
74% on Rotten Tomatoes

White Christmas
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Released in 1954
Starring: Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye
75% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Let me know which Christmas movies I’ve left off the list!

And just in case cheesy Hallmark movies are more your style (they might be mine too, no shame in that game), check out their schedule below for the rest of the holiday season.

I have no shame admitting that I’ve been watching Hallmark movies from 2016, 2017, and 2018 since…Election Day. Also some Lifetime movies and Netflix is really getting in there too. Needless to say, I can’t resist a feelgood cheesy holiday film, especially if they’re set in a town that really knows how to do Christmas. I just need to figure out how to set up a Cookie Crawl in the city of Birmingham now that I’ve seen Christmas Joy.