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My Favorite Christmas Movies and Shows


One of our favorite Christmas traditions is watching Christmas themed movies and TV shows together as a family.  Every year we watch the same ones as the year before and the year before that.  We watch them in a different order every year but we never skip watching one.  We have added a couple of newbies to our list in recent years, which is not normal for me because I am big on the traditional favorites and don’t usually like new cartoon-ey shows.

Here’s a list of our favorite Christmas TV shows:

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Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, HGTV’s White House Christmas, and Prep & Landing.  But my most most MOST favorite Christmas show of all time is …


A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS!!!!  You can’t find this gem on TV anymore but a few years ago I was lucky enough to find a DVD with this show AND Garfield’s Thanksgiving and Halloween on it!  Talk about one of my most prized possessions!  The other shows I am fine watching just once a year, but this gem?  It’s watched over and over again!

We have way too many Christmas movies on our list of ‘must watch’ every year.  But how do you remove one from the list?  We are still working our way through the list – one week left to get them all in!

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It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Holiday Inn, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Polar Express.  I hate to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose only one to watch I think it would be …

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White Christmas! Love love this movie!

That is my Christmas ‘must watch’ list, what is on yours?


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  1. I love Scrooged and Christmas Vacation! And we always watch the original Grinch on Christmas Eve!!

  2. We love Rudolph, Home Alone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and my all-time favorite "It's A Wonderful Life." I never imagined my kids would like that movie since it's in black & white, but just the other day Ryan asked me when we could watch that because he fell asleep before the end last year and really wanted to watch it! <3 We haven't watched it yet this year but we absolutely will!

  3. I love ALL the cartoon Christmas movies but my all time favorite Christmas movie for adults is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation... I have that whole movie memorized. Home Alone and Elf run close too. I am ashamed to say I have never seen The Christmas Story.

  4. Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story top our list every year!
    And, oh my gosh, I totally forgot about Garfield's holiday shows! I loved those as a kid, too!!!

  5. My husband HAS to watch Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer during the holidays every year. He says it's one of the few good childhood memories he has. My fave Christmas movie is ELF.