Movies, TV Shows, and Books


The Top Twenty Movies of Christmas
From an adult's perspective. If most of these aren't already in your video collection,
you have a lot of great times to look forward to. All are DVDs unless otherwise noted.

#1
It's A Wonderful Life

(1947) A legit contender for best film ever! Add to your library now.

#2
A Christmas Carol

(1984) George C. Scott's powerful masterpiece.

#3
Miracle on 34th Street

(1947) Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar, Natalie Wood is adorable.

#4
A Christmas Story

(1983) Nobody does nostalgia better than Jean Shepherd.

#5
The Santa Clause
(1994) Comic Tim Allen makes the most of a clever plot. The Santa Clause 2 is not as good, but still worth watching.

#6
A Christmas to Remember
(1978) Jason Robards and Eve Marie Saint in a film that gets a lot of first-place votes. VHS re-sales only.

#7
The Muppet
Christmas Carol

(1992) Michael Caine stars in the best-ever Muppet movie.

#8
The Christmas Secret

(2000) Based on Flight of the Reindeer. VHS only.

#9
Home Alone

(1990) You are sure to enjoy this film … especially if you liked Road Runner cartoons. Home Alone 2 is just as good.

#10
The Nightmare
Before Christmas

(1993) Weird, awesome, and wonderful!
#11
The Homecoming
(1971) The original (and more gritty) version of the Walton family.

#12
Holiday Inn

(1942) Source of the song "White Christmas"

#13 cover
Call Me Claus

(2001) Great cast, fun for all ages.

#14
Santa Claus [the Movie]

(1985) Loved by many.

#15
National Lampoon's
Christmas Vacation

(1989) Chevy Chase lights up the holidays.

#16
Jack Frost

(1998) Michael Keaton transmigrates in ice.
#17
Christmas In Connecticut (1945) Barbara Stanwyck classic,
#18
Elf

(2003) Will Ferrel, Edward Asner, James Caan
#19
Prancer

(1989) Heartwarming but not smaltzy.
#20
The Grinch

(2000) Jim Carrey movie.

Other popular movies/shows associated with Christmas include: (in alphabetical order) The Bells of St. Mary's, The Boy Who Saved Christmas, A Christmas Carol (with Alastair Sim), A Christmas Carol (with Patrick Stewart), Christmas Comes to Willow Creek, Ernest Saves Christmas, A Muppet Family Christmas, Scrooged, White Christmas, and Yogi's First Christmas.


The Top Twelve Television Shows of Christmas
Only those currently available on DVD or VHS.
Does not include Christmas-oriented segments of TV series or movies that were made for TV.

#1
Rich Little's Christmas Carol
(1978) Absolutely brilliant and hilarious — if you can remember the 70s. VHS re-sales only.

#2
Claymation Christmas

(1987) A mixed bag of cool, adorable, and laughing-out-loud funny!

#3
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

(1966) Wonderfully narrated by Boris Karloff.

#4
The Ghosts of
Christmas Eve

(1999) Michael Crawford, Ozzie Davis, & the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
#5
A Charlie Brown Christmas
(1965) Very likely the most watched Christmas show of all time.
#6
Night of the Meek
(1985) Art Carney is impressive in this Twilight Zone episode.

#7
The Christmas Toy

(1986) Classic Jim Henson.
#8
A Garfield Christmas
(1989) CD also has Garfield Halloween and Thanksgiving programs.

#9
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

(1999) Three fine cartoons with Christmas themes.

#10
Frosty the Snowman
(1969) Animated, narrated by Jimmy Durante.
#11
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas
(1977) Muppets star in this great family film.
#12
Santa Claus Is Comin'
To Town

(1970) Animated TV show. "The Little Drummer Boy" also on the DVD.


Best Christmas Books
Santa's Twin
by Dean Koontz
(1998) Don't let another Christmas go by without sharing this wonderfully funny story with your friends and family. Hardcover, 72 pages,
Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book
(1993) Virtually all the classic stories, poems, recollections, and carols set amidst illustrations by the master. Hardcover, 222 pages,
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1957) I still enjoy reading this to my daughter, even though she's old enough to have daughters of her own! Hardcover, 64 pages,
The Christmas Ship
by Dean Morrissey (2000) The story is for children, but everyone will marvel over the fabulous artwork. Hardcover, 40 pages,

The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg (1985) This award-winning book may be the most popular and well-loved children's story ever written! Hardcover, 32 pages.

Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook
(1999) Hardcover, 352 pages.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson (1988) A hilarious and touching Christmas classic. Paperback, 96 pages.
Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham (2002) If you're looking for funny and insightful holiday satire, you'll like this book. If you're expecting a typical Grisham novel, you'll be disappointed. Hardcover, 177 pages.

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