Friday Favorites: Christmas Movies

‘Tis the season to use the word “’tis”, and also to watch Christmas movies. I know everyone has their favorites and we are no different. Once again with these FF’s, it’s difficult to whittle down to just 5 because there’s so many types of Christmas movies. There’s the animated ones, the classics, the comedies and the sort-of’s (see Love Actually. No really, go watch Love Actually, it’s fantastic). Without further ado here are our Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies…

Flynn’s Top Five

As you’ll see below, I don’t have any animated movies in my Top Five. It’s not that I dislike them, in fact I really like The Year Without a Santa Claus, but I determined the ones I’m gunna sit and watch without fail every time. And these five are them:

5. The Santa Clause. The five spot is a tough one, as it really sets up the rest of your list. This narrowly beat out others but when I think of my overall Top 5, I can’t not have this in there.

4. A Christmas Story. One of the classics, but it has been slowly moving on my list. There was a time it was favorite, but the more I watch the others, the more this movie gets bumped. Still great though because of scenes like this.

 3. Christmas Vacation. I can’t even tell you my favorite part of the movie because there’s too many. Little scenes like the ladder scene, or shaking the box with a cat in it make me literally laugh out loud each time. And possibly the best line of the movie. Absolutely hilarious.

2. Elf. When Elf came out in 2003 it was a game-changer. A Christmas comedy hasn’t been this great in years and it was what we all needed, kids and adults alike. Fun fact about Elf is that it was written years before and was originally going to have Jim Carrey in it. Thank God it didn’t, Ferrell is the perfect fit.

1. It’s A Wonderful Life. Cliché, I know, but I finally watched this movie in its entirety last year and just loved it. Not to be all sappy, but it’s really got a great message about sacrifice and the importance of good friends and family. Merry Christmas you wonderful old Building & Loan!

Chris’s Top Five

Here’s a disclaimer: I always have trouble making lists. This list was no different.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life. One word: classic.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Don’t ask if I’m talking about the cartoon version or the Jim Carrey version. Cartoon version wins every time.

 3. Home Alone. Earlier this week, Flynn asked the readers of CreativeEqual to vote on the better Home Alone film. When he first posted it, we figured we’d get five or six voters to the site. What we didn’t expect was to get seven voters to the site. You guys killed it! So many of you came to the site that you brought our server to its knees. There was even a brief moment when #CreativeEqual was trending on Twitter! So I think I speak for the entire staff here at CE when I say “thank you” to our readership.

What wasn’t too much of a shocker, though, was the outcome. While both movies are great, the original is the clear superior of the two. Part of what makes the movie so good is that it’s not all about getting laughs.  It’s much deeper than that.

Of course, there are plenty of funny scenes too. Right Flynn?

2. Elf. As I said earlier, I often have trouble making lists. I had no trouble, however, including Elf on this list. It’s a no brainer and I seriously judge anyone who doesn’t include Elf in their top 5 favorite Christmas movies.

1. Rudolph . There’s so much to love about Rudolph I don’t know where to start. Rudolph has such a strong correlation with Christmas growing up that I had to make it number one. For anyone that disagrees, here are some things to think about:

  • Hermey wants to be a dentist and is practicing on dolls and beasts.
  • Anything Yukon Cornelius does or says. And is it me or are Kevin Youkilis and Yukon Cornelius twins?
  • And, of course, there is the funniest part of the movie. It’s about 15 seconds in, if you’re unsure.
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