Blogmas Day 2: Christmas Movies

What’s that? We’re on day 6 now. Sorry, I’ve been off watching Christmas movies.

The category for day 2 was actually favorite Christmas movies. However, since that doesn’t change much year to year, I thought I’d share the movies I’m currently watching. This year, I decided to change things up and watch a movie every day until Christmas.

And I’m making myself chose things I’d normally pass. Did you know I think I’ve only ever watched one Hallmark Christmas movie? And that was with our late aunt in Oklahoma just two (maybe three) years ago.

We don’t have the Hallmark channel so I’m making do with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon plus our DVD collection. For fun, I thought I’d share the movies I’ve watched so far along with a short synopsis of my thoughts about them. With the exception of Die Hard, you can currently find all these movies on Netflix.

Random Movies

The Christmas Chronicles 2: I preferred this one to the first one. You might need to view the first one for a tiny bit of background (and it’s also good). My husband (sarcastically) listed all the things that were “bad” in it: violence, animal cruelty, etc. However, it’s Kurt Russell and as far as I’m concerned he always gets a pass. (Fun random fact about me: My all-time favorite movie is Escape From New York)

Jingle Jangle: This took me two days to watch because “life” but I really enjoyed it. Great story, interesting characters, and oh yeah, a few musical numbers in there as well. Reminded me a bit of Hugo. However, I thought this movie was better. Definitely, a great one for younger kids (especially girls!) and a watch again.

Romantic “Feel Good” Movies

Operation Christmas Drop: I really enjoyed it and Operation Christmas Drop is a real event (though the movie is, of course, fiction). Worth your time.

The Knight Before Christmas: This looked dumb. Was it dumb? I’m not sure. I just know it was much better than I expected and one I’d probably be willing to watch again.

The next two also starred Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame. And again, I went into these with pretty low expectations.

The Princess Switch: Did I need crackers because the movie was so cheesy? Yes. Did I enjoy it anyway? Absolutely! It’s fun, sweet, and a great “Christmas” escape. Plus, not too long.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again: It’s a sequel. This one has a “villain” and a bit of a “Disney” vibe. I enjoyed 97% of this movie, the ending felt a bit redundant and lost my interest (think last 5 minutes) but I also watched it late at night.

CLASSICS

Seinfeld is on Hulu and we own all the Die Hard movie discs.

Seinfeld “Festivus” episode: Unpopular opinion but really how is the TV show Friends so popular right now when Seinfeld was so much better? Opinion from someone old enough to have watched both when they originally aired. I digress. I know this isn’t a movie but if you’re short on time and need a holiday laugh, this is it. A Festivus for the rest of us! Enough said.

Die Hard: Yes. It IS a Christmas movie. Bruce Willis with hair. Wow, it’s an old one now. Wait, does that mean I’m old? SIGH. Office Christmas party, romance on the rocks, bad guys (I’d forgotten, somehow, that Alan Rickman stars as the chief bad guy, Hans), and lots of explosions. Yippie Ki Yay!

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Before I leave, I’ll share that my favorite classic Christmas movies (saving them until later) are: The Polar Express, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Elf.

What are your new or classic Christmas favorites?

P.S.

Go check out Tamy’s Blogmas posts over at Chasing My Life. I’m just joining in when I can around here.

 

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3 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 2: Christmas Movies

  1. Tamy

    I’ve seen most of those except I need to finish Jingle Jangle. The musical just wasn’t on my radar that day. I LOVE Hallmark movies, but I’m selective on those by favorite actors, etc… The ones on Lifetime and INSP can be a bit hokey and challenging to watch so I’m also really selective on those. I’ve been watching about 2 per day in the background to my daily work.
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    1. Jean Post author

      It’s hard if you don’t know going in that a movie is a musical (or has a few musical numbers) I think. Sometimes the Lifetime ones air on our regular tv and I don’t disagree about the hokeyness of them. I’ve been trying for one each day but sometimes I do need to play catch up and watch more than one, usual on the weekend.

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