Now this is going to be controversial. Top 10 lists always are and I expect this will be no different.

Some might put forth that I am keeping out stories about Hanukah or Kwanzaa.  But it is a CHRISTMAS movie list I would reply. Religion has nothing to do with it.

But mostly I think it could be controversial because it’s a serious and sensitive issue. People have their own thoughts as to what makes the top spots; funny, old, cartoon, from their childhood era, black and white. The lists go on and on.

So yes, I am willingly stepping in a minefield for the sake of some early Christmas fun.  Plus you can start ordering from netflix to make sure you have your favorites in time to get festive!

So here is my official list, though due to the quality of flicks they are in no particular order, except for number one. That really is my Number 1.  Oh, and I had to make it a Top 11. Had to be done.  Enjoy!

11) Bad Santa. Hilarious, poignant and smart, it nails the holidays, the cynic and the fat, sweet kid in all of us.  If you haven’t seen it, do.  I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love this movie and I don’t want to.

10) The Family Stone. I know I am going recent again, but this movie is a perfect holiday film. It gets the spirit of trudging home, dealing with prickly family members, and how even though members come and go, the core is still there.  Awesome cast, too.

9) Elf.  OK, there’s a lot of humor here, but there is a lot of humor in the holidays; funny pins and sweaters, odd looking food and crazy relatives you didn’t know you had.  This movie speaks to the kid in all of us and the desire to have a family we fit in.  And like Elf, we realize we never will and that is just fine.

8) Home Alone.  Come on, Culkin was adorable and fun to watch as he outsmart’s criminals Stern and Peschi. Plus, anything with O’Hara is probably on a top ten list for some reason.  Oh yeah, and it was written by the man, John Hughes so it had to be great.  It’s fun and sweet and playful and I always cry at the end.  Though they drive you crazy, like Kevin you realize you want your family at Christmas.

7) The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The TV version. It is Christmas.

6) Love, Actually.  Just watch it, and no it’s not too sappy.  It’s got everything, rock stars, a Prime Minister, office workers, marrieds, kids, young singles and love, love, love. Let’s get it together people and find those airport greeting moments more in life! Appreciate!  Love, Actually is all around.

5) A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Tell me you don’t want to know what the spirit of Christmas is without all the commercialism. And this is geared to kids. Genius. Sigh.

4) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. This bad clamation movie is nonetheless awesome and inspiring.  Somehow the rough presentations adds to our imagination and the challenge of his circumstance.  Plus, who doesn’t feel like they have a red nose sometimes and who isn’t glad for it because of Rudolph?! Rudolph is the schlitz!

3) Frosty The Snowman. Just try and not cry when he melts.

2) Citizen Kane. Random you say? The Christmas gift is only the clue to the whole damn movie and and he’s clutching a snow globe at the end.  Plus, it’s the best movie of all time.  Done.

1) It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. Yeah, I know there are two, but there have to be.  It’s true that every time a bell rings, an angel gets it’s wings (I am crying just typing that) and that we all still want our version of a b.b. gun.

You make your own damn list, but these 12 on my top ten list are the best.  Watch em every year and they are still great.

Happy Christmas movie watching!

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