What is your favorite Christmas movie?

The Christmas season can be stressful.

Christmas season is filled with activities that can stress us out! The shopping, the parties at homes and work, decorating the house, the tree, the cookies, the kids, the car, and ourselves is all-consuming.

One way to decompress is to watch a Christmas movie. Holiday movies bring tears of joy, hold you in suspense, and usher in a season of hope. Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch, Elf, Jingle All The Way, and Polar Express are all great choices, but my favorite is Christmas with the Kranks, based the the novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. 

I explain why in this 3 minute video. 


What is your favorite holiday movie? Leave a comment below and tell me why you love it!

Merry Christmas!



  1. Linda Harlan on December 9, 2019 at 1:23 am

    I like the Hallmark Christmas movies. They are sometimes corny but I love a happily ever after ending. And I like the funny ones. Snow Bride is a good one. Love it because the girl who is the main character finds out that rich people are just people too. And it is funny as she gets her car stuck in snow and has to put on her sisters wedding dress that was just altered to stay warm. She walks to the nearest cabin and tumbles down a hill in this wedding dress right in front of a rich young man, but she doesn’t know who he is at first.
    I won’t give any more of it away!
    ?. Linda

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Hey Linda, Thanks for posting. I’ll have to see that movie! I do love a happy ending.

  2. Bobbie on December 9, 2019 at 2:20 am

    It’s not a Christmas movie per say, but for years my daughter and I at Christmas time would watch Little Women- and every time cry at the scene when Beth passes away. This is the remake with Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, and Winona Rider

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Oh, yes. The tearjerkers are the best, aren’t they?

  3. Sheila King on December 9, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I like Scrooge and Its a wonderful life. The way they change a person’s life by having them as if they were dead looking at there past. It helps you appreciate your own life. I love It’s a wonderful life Because of the actors and it has so many different family struggles and emotions in it.
    It’s just a good old fashion movie.

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      I like that one, too. We were all dead girls walking at one time. Scrooge is a wonderful reminder of the fresh start Jesus promises.

  4. Tamarah Stagg on December 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I love the Nativity movie. The movie portrays the characters of Joseph and Mary so poignantly, especially Joseph with his quiet, strong, and humble character. I am always blessed when I watch this movie and it brings me to tears every time I see our savior born as a helpless baby and watch response of the wise men and the shepherds to his birth. It is truly a blessing to watch!

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      You are so right. When we forget Jesus is the reason for the season, all the good works in the world fall short.

  5. Marie on December 9, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I like the movie Elf. With childlike innocence and enthusiasm, Elf searches for truth.

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      That’s a good one alright. Love the maple syrup on spaghetti scene. 🙂

  6. Judith Greene on December 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    In the home of my in-laws, the movie Christmas Story plays non-stop all day! My father-in-law loves it so much that one year at my brother in law’s Christmas Party my grown son dress in a pink bunny costume like the footed pajamas Richie got as a Christmas gift from his aunt, and my daughter in law dressed as the fishnet hosed scandalous lamp that the father had won in one of the contests he continually entered! My father in law and everyone else were hysterical! So, that movie plays a big part in Christmas memories.
    Personally, I love the comedic Christmas Vacation and ALL the Hallmark movies….but my all time favorite has to be Nativity Story. It is nice to sit down and watch the Bible brought to life and be reminded that Jesus is the reason we celebrate this season.

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 9, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      Oh my! Judith, what fun! Thanks for posting!

  7. Kathleen Arndt on December 9, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Robin, I just finished watching the Charlie Brown Christmas again.

    So real….the calming of the recitation of the gospel on the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem in the midst of the chaos of getting swept up in the mayhem of preparations filled with squabbles……ah! peace to people of good will….

  8. Tracey on December 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Totally off the wall silliness. But we watch it 3 or 4 times a

    Merry Christmas

  9. Debbie Kaminski on December 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    One of my favorites is The Santa Claude-the first one. I love the humor, Tru magic, but mostly the realization that people can change and that people’s hearts are good.

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 10, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      What a great reminder. Thanks for posting Debbie!

  10. LouAnn Nay on December 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    My favorite Christmas Movie is The Family Stone. It is about a family who have celebrated Christmas the same way every year for a long time. The family is pretty ordinary and the grown children are coming home for the holiday. It speaks to diversity and how ordinary people’s expectations are often not met. But it also highlights how families come together and grow in love. I laugh out loud and cry a little every year when I watch it.

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