A countdown to Christmas is a tradition started by The Night Before Christmas in 18th Century. This time-honored tradition has been updated and transformed to reflect our current way of viewing movies. The result is that the latest movies for sale in the home movie section of the movie stores are more popular than ever before. What do the critics and audience members think of these latest offerings? They are the best Christmas movies of all time!
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
3. A Christmas Story
4. White Christmas
5. Home Alone
7. Miracle on 34th St.
8. Bad Santa
9. The Muppet Christmas Carol
10. A Christmas Carol
The Nightmare Before Christmas (based on the book The Nightmare Before Christmas) is considered by many to be the best of the bunch. It tells the story of what happens to a young boy on Christmas eve when he stops at a gas station to buy his mother a gift, much to the surprise of his father who had been told that his son would be home alone. When his son returns home, the father is shocked to find that his son has gone. Hours later, his daughter Christmas becomes suspicious when she sees her mother’s car in the driveway and goes inside to investigate.
While the mystery behind why her car has been stolen remains a puzzle, Christmas comes to a dramatic conclusion when a masked intruder rings the doorbell and tries to rob her. As the couple struggle with the pervert, the woman manages to get away and dials the police, who eventually arrive to arrest him. Just then, the voice of Santa, played by Jason Hicks, appears from nowhere and rescues the couple, and the movie ends with the promise of a joyful holiday.
The year 1997 saw the release of the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, which became one of the most popular Christmas films of all time. Starring as Scrooge, the miserly aristocrat, is Tom Hanks. In this story, he tries to lead a more normal life, until his wife is locked in a hotel room and horribly attacked. He then realizes that he needs to save her, and so he leaves her alone in the attic, where he hides with a few loyal acrobats (including Christmas’ son Bob). Eventually, he reunites with his son for Christmas and the entire family.
One of the most important things about both of these movies is that they portray a beautiful story about true love and honor. In addition, they are filled with the memories of a beautiful life, and they help us to understand the meaning of true happiness. When we are small, we think that life is just like a flash, with only a few great moments to look back on and laugh about. But as we grow older, those flashes of greatness become more precious, and we want to cherish them throughout our lives. This is what the classic Christmas movies are attempting to do for most of us.
Of course, there is always a lot of snow to be shoveled, but there is also a certain sense of optimism that comes with the knowledge that the days of endless snows are long gone. We can look forward to another Christmas in our little communities across the nation. While these are certainly not the greatest films ever made (I’m looking forward to seeing the next one), they are certainly among the top ones. I don’t think there is a single holiday film that has had more positive comments than the one I have just selected. Maybe it’s time for some serious reflection…