Our Favorite Holiday Movies

To help celebrate this holiday season, we’ve asked all of our bloggers to tell us about a few of their favorite things. In this post we asked about their favorite holiday movies. Some are classics, but some may surprise you.

Dan Balski: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation



Sandra Bergman: Home for the Holidays

This 1995 movie never fails to make me laugh! The wacky family dynamics that unfold when Holly Hunter returns to her hometown for the holidays is something I think anyone who’s done that can relate to.  And the star-studded cast is hilarious – Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Claire Danes.

Hannah Brown: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (The classic cartoon version; not that scary Jim Carey one!)



Danielle Carnes: Elf



Michaele Charles: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation



Rebecca Chavez: It’s a Wonderful Life



John Feeley: It’s a Wonderful Life 

My children like to see me cry.


Chris Heuston: Miracle on 34th Street

We watch it every year with our kids and they refer to the altruism shown in that movie so many times during the year.


Jonathan Link: Jingle All The Way



Kathy Mennen: A Christmas Story

Though it’s a really fun movie, there are a couple special reasons why it’s my favorite. First of all, the story is set in my hometown of Hammond, Indiana, located between Gary and Chicago. That’s where the story’s author, Jean Shepherd, is from. The film is a combination of several stories from his semi-autobiographical book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. The second reason is because my late father loved it so much. It reminded him of his similarly rambunctious childhood. One of the last Christmas presents I bought my dad was a replica of the infamous Leg Lamp. Of course, he put in on display in the front window for all the neighbors to see.

April Peterson: A Christmas Carol

The classic 1938  version with Reginald Owen is still my favorite, but Patrick Stewart’s 1999 remake for TV is pretty good also.


Eric Salahub: Charlie Brown Christmas



Reno Toffoli: Better off Dead

It’s a totally goofy 1980’s comedy/farce featuring 16- year old John Cusack.


Colleen Toomey: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation



How about you? What’s your favorite holiday movie?

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7 Responses to “Our Favorite Holiday Movies”

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December 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm, Kent Knutson said:

It’s a Wonderful Life — Likely the best movie ever made!

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December 14, 2011 at 8:52 am, Sandra Bergman said:

Agreed Kent. It was my dad’s favorite Christmas movie so it will always be special to me.

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December 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm, Scott S. said:

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – It’s too bad the Grinch was awarded the copyright. It’s almost never shown anymore.
“A Christmas Carol” – A true classic and also my favorite book.
“The Bells of St. Mary” – I’m not sure how this became a holiday classic but it’s still one of the best.

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December 23, 2011 at 8:41 am, John Feeley said:

All great choices, Scott. Thanks for sharing these gems.

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December 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm, Rachelle Abbott said:

Its A Wonderful Life.
This makes me cry and appreciate the family and friends I have around me. When I get down I always remember what I have to keep my going towards my goal!!

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January 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm, yblinx said:

A Christmas Carol ;)

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March 04, 2012 at 7:13 am, Julia Roberts Movies said:

My favorite one is It’s a Wonderful Life. However other picks also great movies.