Holiday Blog Tour: Top Ten Family Favorite Holiday Movies

Hi everyone! Today I will be sharing with you my most favorite holiday movies. If you aren’t familiar with them, you should definitely give them a try because they are amazing!

Number One: The Polar Express

Based off the book with the same name written by Chris Van Allan in 1985, the film was released in 2004 with the voice talent of Tom Hanks. 

A boy has always wanted to hear the bells of Santa’s sleigh. It’s actually come to the point where he might not believe in Santa Claus at all. On Christmas Eve, five minutes before the stroke of midnight, a train charges through the snow on his street. He climbs aboard for a ride to the North Pole. Along the way he comes to find that, to hear Santa’s bells, he has to believe for himself. Because of his discovery, Santa picks him to receive the first gift of Christmas which is… a bell from the sleigh. Even though he grows older, the bell still rings for him, as it will for all who truly believe.

This cute, adventurous and oftentimes hilarious story is so beautiful. I first watched it with my family about five years ago. Every year since then it has been adored by us along with other fans whether from Michigan, the home state of Chris Van Allan, or around the world.

Number Two: The Christmas Shoes

Based off the song written and sung by NewSong in 2000, the film was released two years later with actors Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams. 

Late one Christmas Eve a man is doing last minute shopping for the holiday. However he isn’t really in the Christmas mood. Standing in front of him in line to check out is a boy waiting anxiously. In the boy’s hands is a box of shoes. When it’s his time to pay he begs the cashier to hurry. ‘There isn’t much time. She’s been very sick for quite a while and I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight’. Come to find out, the boy doesn’t have enough money for the shoes. He turns to the man and asks for help. The man whole heartedly lays down the money because that boy, who he absolutely didn’t know anything about, reminded him what Christmas was all about.

My dad found the song five years ago and then a year later we found the film on Youtube. We absolutely fell in love, and it became a family favorite. This film will utterly make you cry your heart out.

Number Three: Frosty The Snowman

That’s right, the original classic from 1969. It’s so heartwarming it’ll make you melt.

“Frosty the Snowman is a happy, jolly soul. With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the Snowman is a fairytale they say. He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life that day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.”

My younger sister was obsessed with this film at one point. We would watch it all year. It kind of drove me nuts, but it’s hard to hate a classic.

Number Four: Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer

A 1964 classic that every American, old and young, enjoys. I still wish I could find a peppermint mine.

“Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it you could even say it glows. All of the other Reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say ‘Rudolph with your nose so bright won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?’. Then how the other reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer you’ll go down in history’.”

The same sister was obsessed with this classic as well. I love how it reminds us that just because someone is different doesn’t mean they can’t fit in. 

Number Five: The Grinch

Whether you are a die hard fan of the original 1969 classic, or you’ve made room in your heart for the new animated version from 2018. There’s absolutely no way we could forget Dr. Seuss’ classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

“You’re a mean one. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus; you’re as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch you’re a bad banana with the greasy black peel.”

To be honest I was scared of the Grinch when I was younger. However; as I have gotten older, I absolutely love it. And to those of you who try to still make believe that he’s a villain, don’t. The only thing wrong with him was his concept of Christmas.

Number Six: Home Alone

“One delicious cheese pizza all for me”. This original 1990 film is an awesome story reminding us what is most important about celebrating the holidays.

Eight year old Kevin McCallister is the person everyone easily forgets. All of his older siblings tease him, especially his older brother, Buzz. After accidentally upsetting the family dinner, due to Buzz annoying him, Kevin spends the night in the attic bedroom. During the night he wishes that his family would disappear. The next morning it appears his wish comes true when they forget him at home in order to catch a flight to Paris. While they’re away two burglars almost break into the house. Yet luckily, with Kevin’s genius ideas, he’s able to keep them out.

Last year was the first time I ever watched this film and was absolutely blown away. The burglars were absolutely hilarious, while the old guy next door, who is supposed to be scary, is actually one of my top favorite characters.

Number Seven: Joseph and Mary

This film is a little more recent, based on the Nativity story from the Bible.

A rabbi, who is also friends with Joseph and Mary, promises a man who was unjustly murdered by Romans to care for his widow and two young boys. When the census is called everyone must travel to their hometown to register. While in Bethlehem, three wise men from a distant land come to visit the newborn king. Yet instead of returning to King Herod as they had promised, they took another route to return to their country. The rabbi covers their tracks; however, the widows’ children are among those killed under King Herod’s wicked decree. Amongst the chaos, Joseph and Mary are able to escape to Egypt. Thirteen years later, their son, Jesus, shows up in the temple where the rabbi is debating with his colleagues. The rabbi is astounded at the wisdom this young man has. However, will his now wife accept the term of forgiveness when it comes to the murderer of her children?

This was a wonderful film when it came to other viewpoints during the time of Jesus’ birth. Kevin Sorbo makes an awesome Joseph. It is absolutely perfect for Christian families with older children. Please be aware there is mild violence in it. 

Number Eight: Christmas For a Dollar

Another recent film that has become a favorite in my family.

Set during the Great Depression, young Norman Kamp’s family struggles to be thankful during the holiday season, expecting to go a year without presents for Christmas. His dad surprises them all by bringing home a dollar for them all to spend on one person for Christmas. Each of them is able to make it the most memorable Christmas ever.

I absolutely love the story of this film. Nancy Stafford stars as an older woman who is kind of sour at the beginning. Yet the charming kids are able to soften her up. The story reminds us that Christmas isn’t all about money or getting things in return.

Number Nine: The Christmas Oranges

Another family classic with Nancy Stafford in it. *spoiler alert* Unfortunately her character dies early on in the movie.

Young Rose was left on the doorstep of the orphanage as a baby. Growing up, she didn’t have much, yet she was taught to be thankful for what she had. When the flu takes her best friend and also her beloved caretaker, she is sent to another orphanage where things aren’t the same. The benefactor of this orphanage is a grouchy old man who thinks Christmas is a waste of time, while his brother finds ways to still bring the joy of the holiday to the lonely orphans through one little orange.

I absolutely love Rose. She sings very beautifully and her love for the classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is something that makes her relatable.

Number Ten: The Christmas Chronicles

My mom and I watched this one for the first time this year. We love it!

Two siblings create a plan to catch a glimpse of Santa, which goes totally wrong. Now they are stranded with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick in Chicago, trying to find his reindeer and his sack. While they’re looking, Santa ends up getting arrested by the police. Kate, the sister, crawls through his sack to find his elves, to help fix the sleigh, while her brother Teddy struggles to keep believing in the spirit of Christmas. 

This Netflix original is absolutely hilarious. I never in a million years would have thought Santa cared about the representations we’ve made for him. Kurt Russel did a fantastic job playing Santa Claus.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this personal listing of Christmas classics that you’ve either known for years or just now found out they existed. Thank you so much for having me! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s post on her blog tomorrow! At Prose Worthy

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