Memories &
Popcorn Too

Butter up some popcorn, pour a cup of hot cocoa and set the fire crackling in the fireplace! Then pull together some loved ones and start those Christmas movies rolling. That's what memories are made of.

Some of our earliest memories of Christmas are sitting around the TV with friends and family, watching holiday movies from Thanksgiving right up through New Years Day. There were movies we loved and those we'd love to burn, but all of them branded memories of family, sugar plum fairies and holiday sparkle into our hearts. Here are some of our family favorites. Maybe they're yours too. (In no particular order)

CLASSIC FAVORITES

Holiday Inn (1942) Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire – This is the heart warming holiday movie that introduced the classic song "White Christmas."

Miracle on 34 Street (1947) Edmund Gwen – Is Kris Kringle the real Santa Claus? Kris goes to court to prove it in this movie.

White Christmas (1954) Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye – How about a cute, holiday love story with some old fashion song and dance sprinkled in?

A Christmas Carol (Any year) – This story is a classic with a message that never grows old.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Jimmy Stewart – A frustrated businessman learns from an angel what life would have been like without him.

• A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (TV) – It just wouldn't be Christmas without Charlie Brown!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - (1964) (TV) Animated / Narration by Burl Ives – Sam the snowman tells us Rudolph's story.

Frosty the Snowman (1969) Animated / Narration by Jimmy Durante – This story brings us the magic of a hat, a snowman and the girl who he befriends.

Everyone's Favorites

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Animated – Jim Carrey does a great job of bringing this meanie to life.

Polar Bear Express (2004) – A beautifully made movie with spectacular animation that includes a runaway train sequence and captures the spirit of Christmas.

Elf (2003) –Will Ferrrell makes this a totally silly, but fun holiday movie.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Animated with Michael Caine – This is just another excuse to watch and love the Muppets.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Chevy Chase – It's dumb and silly humor, but keeps us laughing and loving it every time.

Scrooged (1988) Bill Murray – A great twist on the classic story bringing it into modern times.

The Santa Clause (1994) Tim Allen – This movie gets the family laughing and believing in the magic of Christmas, despite the family problems.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Animated / Tim Burton – This one's a little strange and different but still fun.

The Nutcracker (1993) aka "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" – Balanchine's ballet is magical, beautiful and Christmas all the way!

Jack Frost - (1998) Michael Keaton - Enjoyable, heart-warming and always brings a tear to my eye.

Deciding which of these is my all time Number One Favorite would be tough, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. I've seen it a million times, but I still melt at the ending when they sing the title song. Which is your All Time Number One Favorite Christmas movie? Tell us in your comments.

So, are you in the holiday spirit now? Don't wait a minute longer. Gather everyone around the TV, hand out the popcorn and hot cocoa, throw a log on the fire, press "PLAY" and start those holiday memories rolling!

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