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* Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Dr. Seuss’ name.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even in the world of entertainment. There definitely isn’t a shortage of Christmas movies out there to be aired on TV over and over again until Dec. 26 comes around, and we can all get some peace. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas movies…some of them, anyway. Here’s my list of my five favorite Christmas movies of all time.

5. Fred Claus (2007)
-Fred (Vince Vaughn) has to live in his little brother’s shadow, and it’s a very big shadow because that brother (Paul Giamatti) just happens to be Santa Claus. It’s a classic tale of sibling rivalry, and the movie even dares to call into question the merits of the “Naughty or Nice” list. The scandal!

4. Arthur Christmas (2011)
-This movie shows the progression of generations of Santas and how they’ve lost their Christmas spirit over the years. Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) is just the sort of clumsy, perpetually spirited son of the current Santa Claus to bring back the magic. Also, Hugh Laurie provides the voice of Arthur’s older, oddly muscular brother named Steve who runs Santa’s elves like soldiers in the military.

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
What Top 5 Christmas movie list would be complete without good ole Charlie Brown? The gloomy kid who can’t ever manage to kick a football is looking for the true meaning of Christmas and for someone to fix that wilted excuse for a tree he keeps carrying around.

2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
-I’m not sure how many versions of A Christmas Carol are out there, but I know the Muppet version is my favorite. Michael Caine is excellent as Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Muppets provide a new, comedic twist on a holiday classic. You can’t go wrong with puppets.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
-I’m not taking about the Jim Carrey version. I’m talking about the Dr. Seuss cartoon where the crabby green Grinch has possibly one of the evilest grins in all of movie history. He certainly is a mean one. The simple humor of this movie is one of the reasons I watch it at least once during the holiday season.

That’s my list, but I’m pretty sure yours is different from mine. What are your favorite Christmas movies?

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2 Responses to Top 5 Christmas Movies Of All Time

  1. Chris Roll says:

    I completely agree with the top three (“A Muppets Christmas Carol” is by far the most faithful, reverent adaptation I’ve ever seen, Fozzywig’s Rubber Chicken Factory notwithstanding). I’d round out my personal list with “A Christmas Story” and either “The Santa Clause” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” though.

  2. Laura Heck says:

    Christmas Vacation! Home Alone FTW.

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