We recently gave you some suggestions for great Christmas movies for every occasion, including keeping the kids busy. Watching holiday movies and specials as a family was a big part of my childhood, and I'm continuing the tradition with my own kids. Over the years, we've definitely developed some opinions on what are our favorites. I'll share ours if you share yours!
• My favorite: The Year Without a Santa Claus
How can you not get won over by Heat Miser and Snow Miser? This classic claymation TV movie from the 70s still holds up today, and although my kids watched it begrudgingly at first, it's now one of their favorites. And if it's one of yours, you are now going to be singing the Heat Miser song all day. Guaranteed.
• My 11-year-old's favorite: The Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie might only be appropriate for a slightly older crowd, since it is Tim Burton at his finest. But while the images might be a little creepy, the story has great heart, and Jack Skellington is one of the sweetest guys around. Danny Elfman's score and vocals are beautiful, and if this is one of your favorites, you'll be singing "What's This?" all day.
• My husband's favorite: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
I guess my husband and I are old school, because we both choose old Rankin/Bass claymation flicks from our childhood as our favorites. He loves Santa Claus is Comin' To Town for its clever explanation and integration of lots of diverse Christmas traditions. And if this is one of your faves, you'll be thinking of Mickey Rooney singing "Put One Foot In Front of The Other" all day long.
• My 8-year-old's favorite: Elf
You really can't go wrong with Elf, and even though it's my youngest's favorite, it's really a favorite of the whole family. If you are a fan of the four food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup) or if smiling's your favorite, you're bound to love it, too. And if you don't? I guess you're just a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins.
What's your family's favorite Christmas movie or movies? Tell us in the comments!