Christmas has changed over the years. We no longer leave cookies for Santa. I no longer listen to the Chipmunk's Christmas album and our family doesn't decorate the tree together either. Traditions have come and gone. But the meaning of what Christmas is, for me, has changed. It has become less about presents and more about family. Christmas reaffirms what's most important in life: Spending time and appreciating the people you love.
You all know who you are.
Here are the movies Liz and I will watch this year:
note: Why? Because it wouldn't be Christmas without them.
It's A Wonderful Life DIRECTED BY: FRANK CAPRA
Starring James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who loses all hope until he's shown what life would be like without him. It's A Wonderful Life is perhaps, the greatest Christmas movie ever made.
A Christmas Story DIRECTED BY: BOB BLARK
A Christmas Story brilliantly captures what Christmas is like growing up in the Midwest. Essential viewing.
Home Alone DIRECTED BY: CHRIS COLUMBUS
Macaulay Culkin plays a brat named Kevin who takes his family for granted until they're gone. A film with great gags and a tremendous amount of heart.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DIRECTED BY: CHRIS COLUMBUS
This film was my first exposure to the Harry Potter universe and I fell in love instantly. Chris Columbus faithfully adapted the source material and Harry Potter has become synonymous with Christmas for me, thanks to its November release. Potter and Christmas just feels right.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets DIRECTED BY: CHRIS COLUMBUS
Another great adaptation that captures the essence of its source material. Chris Columbus was flawless with his Potter work, in my eyes.
The Muppet Christmas Carol DIRECTED BY: BRIAN HENSON
The Muppets and Christmas go hand in hand as this particular adaptation of the classic tale is just pure holiday joy.
Love Actually DIRECTED BY: RICHARD CURTIS
This has quickly become a Christmas classic as it portrays the mainly kinds of loves that fill this world. A truly wonderful film that will leave you happy as can be.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation DIRECTED BY: JEREMIAH S. CHECHIK
A ridiculously hilarious holiday classic featuring the comedic genius of Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid among many many others. Great cast and a great Christmas film.
The Nightmare Before Christmas DIRECTED BY: HENRY SELICK
It works for Halloween or Christmas, how swell! But more so for Christmas.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: (MAY NOT BE WATCHED)
Elf DIRECTED BY: JON FAVREAU
A Family Man DIRECTED BY: BRETT RATNER
Happy Tree Friends: Christmas Episodes (MY GIRLFRIEND HATES THESE)
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES?