Christmas Anticipation – It’s Just Not Christmas Until You See These 25 Movies

I have to admit that Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas! I guess the tradition of Christmas holds a special place in my heart and memories. When I was a child, my parents tried to make Christmas an enjoyable and memorable day for everyone. My mother would prepare a big Christmas meal, and family and friends would gather together and enjoy all of the festivities.

For me, the anticipation of Christmas day was a great feeling. I enjoyed all of the traditions leading up to Christmas day. When I was a kid, my family had an artificial tree, and when early December hit, we would pull out the tree and begin to decorate it. When I had my kids, our tradition was similar, but instead of an artificial tree, my family would go to a Christmas tree lot and pick out the best-looking live Christmas tree and decorate it.

Before cable TV, when I was a child, we only had roughly 4 or 5 channels and they were filled with the latest toy commercials. I can recall making my Christmas list and adding every toy I saw to my list.

Along came cable, as well as my three kids. But nothing changed in the fact that when my kids were younger, their Christmas list included every toy they saw on 100+ channels.

Adding to the buildup and excitement of Christmas were the Christmas specials on TV.

I never outgrew the excitement and anticipation of Christmas, especially watching Christmas shows on TV. Even though my kids are now adults, we still keep the tradition of watching Christmas shows together. We look forward to it.

Here is my list of the 25 best Christmas movies across different genres.

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To kick things off, I am sharing my favorite Christmas movies that my family and I have enjoyed over the years. You can watch one movie a night for the next 25 days in anticipation of Christmas Day.

I have to admit this list was very difficult to create and so many great Christmas movies did not make the list this year. But I did add some sequels and reboots.     

Check out my Christmas movie list; there is something here for just about everyone. Click, watch and enjoy the trailers and then gather the family for 25 nights of great Christmas movies!

25 Best Christmas Movies


1. Bad Santa (1&2)

Bad Santa

2. Die Hard (1&2)

Die Hard

3. Trading Places

Trading Places


4. Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

6. Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa clause is coming to town

9. Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas


10. A Christmas Carol

11. It’s A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

12. Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street


13. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

14. Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks

15. Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

16. Elf


17. Home Alone

Home Alone

18. Jingle All the Way

Jingle all the way

19. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

20. The Santa Clause (1-3)

The Santa Clause


21. A Christmas Horror Story

A Christmas Horror Story

22. Black Christmas (1974, 2006, 2019)

Black Christmas

23. Krampus


24. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, 2012)

Silent Night Deadly Night


25. Hallmark Christmas Movies

Hallmark Christmas Movies

Yes, I said it! The Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark Channel has 24 hours of Christmas movies that start in November and go right through December. And if you didn’t know, there is Christmas In July on The Hallmark Channel.

Please tell us your list of favorite Christmas movies.

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