Best Christmas Movies: 9 Greatest Christmas Classics of All Time


There is only one time of year when I am not entirely ashamed of watching talking clamation and puppet reindeers. As the in-house Christmas guru, I declare that Christmas specials and movies are just as part of the holiday celebration as the music and sweets. If you aren't watching ABC Family regularly during December, or typing "Christmas" into your Netflix search bar, then you are missing out on a treasure trove of seasonal delights.

But no fear, the Christmas guru is here! Below is my list of the greatest Christmas specials and movies of all time. Just as I said with the greatest Christmas songs' list, everyone has their own idea of greatness. Let me know what I left out!

9) "Jingle All the Way"

"He's Mr. Heat Miser, he's Mr. Sun! He's Mr. Green Christmas, he's Mr. 101!" Every song in "The Year Without a Santa Claus" is catchy; every character is very well developed; and every line is sheer witty humor. With all things considered, "The Year Without a Santa Claus" is the greatest Christmas clamation ever created. Based off of Phyllis McGinley's 1957 Children's book, this stop motion animated special was also picked up by Rankin/Bass and aired in 1974. The plot invovles two elves, Jingle and Jangle, and their quest to galvinize the people of South Town to build their Christmas spirit and ultimately convince a sick Santa Claus that people still care enough about Christmas for him to bother bringing Christmas joy to the world. Along the way, Jingle and Jangle try everything to build Christmas spirit, including negotiating with the Heat Miser to let his brother Snow Miser bring snow to the south.