The Twelve Films of Christmas

Its A Wonderful LifeOur guest blogger, J.D. Cook is editor-in-chief of, who compiled a list 12 Christmas Films in 2012.

One of my continuing Christmas traditions is watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. There is something magical about this film that connects me directly with the heart of Christmas. Every year I find myself tearing up with joy when George Bailey runs through his town shouting about his love for everyone and everything. George’s own euphoric change from his suicidal nature probably would have been enough to give the film a happy ending but then how would it be very different from Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol? The writers wisely chose to show that all the good George Bailey had done in his life paid off when all of his friends and family showed up to help him make up the money he had lost.

Christmas movies like It’s A Wonderful Life have the potential to show us the beauty in this season. In reality, our friends and family may not always be there to help us but in Christmas films we always get a happy ending filled with good will towards everyone.

So it was only natural that one Christmas a few years back I decided to do a countdown of my favorite Christmas films, primarily because I was feeling the holiday blues. Focusing on these movies and the great morals and stories they had to tell comforted me through that Christmas. I watched every movie on this list and a good deal more before deciding where every one should fall. After that, I focused my passion for writing into detailed descriptions of why they fell where they did on the list.

Christmas movies connect with different people in different ways so I’d love to hear other people’s ideas for how they would rearrange the list or what they would add or subtract! At the end of the day, we can’t control everything about Christmas but we can always schedule some time to watch our favorite Christmas movie and let our minds slip into those snow filled happy endings.

Click on movie titles below for a summary of each.

# 1 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
# 2 Scrooged 1988
# 3 Christmas Vacation 1989
# 4 A Christmas Carol 1984
# 5 Miracle on 34th Street 1947
# 6 The Santa Clause 1994
# 7 Joyeux Noël 2005
# 8 Elf 2003
# 9 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992
#10 Bad Santa 2003
#11 Jack Frost 1998
#12 A Christmas Story 1983

We look forward to your comments below on where you agree or disagree.


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