With Christmas just a week away, my kids' and my nights are filled with holiday movies, hot chocolate and popcorn.

Here are my top ten holiday movies for the season.

1: "It's a Wonderful Life:" The idea for the movie all started with a Christmas card.  Though I've seen the movie seriously 100 times, it still makes me cry when Jimmy Stewart runs home and hugs his kids and says, "I could just eat you up."

2: "A Christmas Story:" Who wouldn't love to get a major award shaped like a woman's leg and put it in their front window for the entire neighborhood to see.  And how many times have we heard over the years, "You'll shoot your eye out"?

3: "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:" (the Jim Carey version):  I have never been a huge Jim Carey fan, but in this movie I think he is awesome. He absolutely makes me laugh.

4: "Miracle on 34th Street:" Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.  What a great line.  I always thought that line made the whole movie.

5: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer:" Was this an early spotlight on bullying?  Remember how all the other reindeer use to laugh and call him names?  But who had the last laugh? Yep, Rudolph.  They all came running when they needed his bright red nose to light the way.

6: "A Charlie Brown Christmas:" Oh, dear. What can one say about Chuck Brown and Christmas. I've watched Charlie Brown since, as my dad would say, "I was knee-high to a grasshopper." It never gets old.

7: "A Christmas Carol:" The movie is based on a novella (or novel as we say in our neck of the woods) by Charles Dickens. It was first published in London on December 19, 1843. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and how he is transformed into a gentler, kindlier man after visits by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and the Ghost of Yet to Come. 

8: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:" This really isn't one of my all-time favorites, but it is one of my husband's and kids' favorites, so we watch it.  My husband always tells the stories of when he was growing up in North Dakota and how his family was much like the Griswolds.

9: "The Santa Clause:" Let's face it, Tim Allen is just a funny guy. Wouldn't we all want to get to be Santa Clause at least once in our life? Tim Allen went on to star in The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs.Clause and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.  My favorite is still the first one.

10: "The Nightmare Before Christmas:" Come on, who doesn't love a Halloween-themed Christmas movie.

What holiday movies do yo like to watch and why?

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