My Top 20 Holiday Movies – Part 2

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I am sharing my favorite holiday movies. It is a great tradition in my household to hang out watching all of those wonderful movies.

Here is my:

TOP 20 HOLIDAY MOVIES

(in order of release year because putting them in favorite order is too hard to do) 🙂


Three Days (2001)

Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew’s a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can’t change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.

Why do I like this movie? This one is frustrating and tear jerking at the same time. I want to just shake Andrew because he doesn’t “get” how to love his wife for her last three days. But he does finally get it and that makes this movie worth watching.

The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002)

A heartwarming drama based on the life of innovative inventor and toy maker A.C. Gilbert, a man with a belief that playing helps children learn, imagine, and dream. With the support of his loving wife, Mary, A.C. and his brother Frank run a successful toy factory. But when WWI breaks out, A.C. is under pressure to let the U.S. Government turn the factory into a munitions plant. With some help from his son and a little holiday magic, A.C. rediscovers his holiday spirit and convinces the U.S. Congress that what America really needs is a little Christmas joy.

Why do I like this movie? This is just a feel good movie. Gilbert is a good family man who just wants to make children happy (kinda like Santa?). I like that his story shows us the importance of holiday spirit even as adults.


The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s got problems–he’s even mysteriously losing weight–and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year’s “naughty” list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice–putting Christmas at risk–it’s up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.

Why do I like this movie? I have to admit, this one is my favorite of the trilogy and that is because of the romance angle. I love to watch Santa as he struggles to find the right woman to be Mrs. Claus.


12 Days of Christmas Eve (2004)

Calvin Carter (Stephen Weber) is a hard-charging, high-living guy who runs a hugely successful chain of discount stores. On the road to business success his family life fell apart, some associates got burned, and his employees fear him. On Christmas Eve, while everyone else is spending the holiday with family and friends, Calvin is at work closing deals and keeping his priorities straight…money first. But on his way home later that night, Calvin meets destiny when he is hit by a falling sign. When he awakens in the hospital he is met by a no-nonsense nurse who gives him 12 days to relive Christmas Eve and find the true meaning of the holiday. With the clock ticking Calving tries to reconnect with the family and friends who give meaning to his life and recapture the true spirit of the season.

Why do I like this movie? Because I love the movie Groundhog Day. And this is a holiday twist on that. Watching Calvin trying to cheat the system and then growing into a better person makes for a fun movie.


The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

It’s Christmas time once again and Scott Calvin juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost, who is trying to take over the big guy’s holiday. At the risk of giving away the secret location of the North Pole, Scott invites his in-laws to share in the holiday festivities, and upcoming birth of baby Claus with expectant wife, Carol. Along for the adventure are Scott’s extended family, son Charlie, ex-wife Laura Miller, her husband, Neil Miller and their daughter, Lucy who, together with head elf Curtis, foil Jack Frost’s crafty scheme to control the North Pole.

Why do I like this movie? Again, Tim Allen returns as the humorous Santa Claus. I also liked the change in the North Pole when he enacts the ‘escape clause’. Just like the other two movies in this trilogy, it is a good family movie.


The National Tree (2009)

The National Tree features Andrew McCarthy and Evan Williams as father and son on a road-trip from Oregon to Washington, D.C transporting their own Sitka Spruce tree on a truck to be planted across from the White House on Thanksgiving.

Why do I like this movie? I am a fan of Andrew McCarthy. Add in some romance and an interesting look at something that I’ve never thought about before (the transporting of the National Christmas Tree) and this one has to make my list.


Nativity! (2009)

This Christmas, elementary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school’s nativity play. Competing against his arch rival at the local private school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr. Poppy fueling his ‘little white lie’, Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.

Why do I like this movie? This movie is a case of what happens when a little white lie spins out of control. This movie is British and humorous, need I say more?


Home by Christmas (2010)

Julia Bedford (Linda Hamilton) is a dedicated homemaker living in a modestly affluent neighborhood with her successful husband and sixteen-year-old daughter. When Julia discovers that her husband is cheating on her, her world is rocked. In their pending divorce, Julia is left with nothing except her car and her barely realistic child support checks. After moving into a small apartment, Julia tries to make do while working a minimum wage job. Her daughter hates their new scaled-down life and convinces her father and his new girlfriend to let her live with him. When Julia finally hits rock bottom and finds herself living in their car, she decides to begin her comeback–and ultimately discovers what s really valuable in life.

Why do I like this movie? My family think that I am just plain weird for liking this movie. I watch it every year. This is a great come-back story. As a former divorced mom, I can relate to the struggle that Julia has with her teenage daughter who gives her a lot of flak because she doesn’t know all of the details of her parents’ divorce.


Trading Christmas (2011)

Emily Springer is disappointed her daughter Heather won’t make the cross-country trip from Harvard to visit at Christmas. Emily decides to surprise Heather and trades houses with Charles Brewster, a college professor who lives in Boston. Emily is the one who is surprised when she finds out her daughter left for Florida with her boyfriend and has only Charles’ brother for company. In this holiday tale about twists of fate, Emily and Charles find love at the most unexpected time and have the best Christmas season ever.

Why do I like this movie? This is just a nice holiday romance movie. All of the characters start off discontent with their lives and a simple (or not so simple) trading of houses manages to bring all of them the contentment they are looking for.


A Very Merry Mix-Up (2014)

Shop owner Alice Chapman (Alicia Witt) is nervous to meet her future in-laws at Christmas, especially because she is arriving ahead of her new fiancé, Will Mitchum. Alice’s trip becomes more stressful when her luggage is lost and her phone is damaged, leaving her no way to find Will’s family! As fate would have it, she meets her future brother-in-law, Matt Mitchum, at baggage claim and is happy to get a ride home with him. As Alice meets Matt’s doting family, mom Penny, dad Joe and Grandpa Charles, she falls in love with their festive holiday traditions and warm welcome to their home. And when unexpected romance comes calling as Christmas approaches, Alice must decide if her “Merry Mix-Up” will actually turn out to be her destiny.

Why do I like this movie?  This is a Hallmark movie and I could probably do an entire new set of posts just on those, but this one is a particular favorite of mine because a very simple mix-up shines a light on what Alice is missing in her life and love follows.

Well, that’s it for the second half of my list – check out this post for the first half.

What about you?

What are your favorite holiday movies?

What makes those movies your favorites?

Note: If you are interested in adding any of these movies to your movie library, just click on the pics to be taken to Amazon – these are affliate links. Happy Holidays!

 

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