Two months ago you may remember I did a blog post titled, Halloween Shows from my Childhood. For December I've compiled a list of Christmas movie classics from nostalgic vintage cartoons to 80s claymation. Enjoy!
The Night Before Christmas - 1933 Silly Symphony cartoon
Christmas Comes But Once a Year - 1936, This song really gets in your head - A Max Fleischer classic.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 1965, Due to copywrite law the full movie is not on YouTube, but here is the opening with the famous song, "Christmas Time is Here". Also, here's Lunis' famous explaination of The True Meaning of Christmas
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus - 1985, or as I call it the Pagan story of Santa Claus. Based off the story by L. Frank Baum (author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1974, Another Rankin &Bass classic of a clockmaker's family living with a family of mice, saving their town's Christmas
Mickey's Christmas Carol - 1983, Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge. Again, the full movie is not on YouTube due to copywrite laws. Here is the opening titles with the familiar song that gives me the warm fuzzies.
Fat Albert Christmas Special - 1977, I wasn't particularly into Fat Albert, but I did have this one on tape & watched it every year
The Year Without a Santa Claus - 1974, The Miser Brothers!
Jack Frost - 1934 creepy cartoon version
Jack Frost - 1979 awesome claymation version. I had a crush on Jack...
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - 1970, narrated by Fred Astaire (I lovingly dubbed this "Ginger Santa")
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - 1964, 'Nuff said!
A Muppet Christmas Carol - Yea, copywrite laws again, here's the trailer.
A Muppet Family Christmas - 1987, Definitely one of my favorites. I love that all the Jim Henson characters are here: Muppets, Sesame Street, even the Fraggles! (And just for fun, here is the Original 1987 TV Broadcast, complete with some fantastic vintage commercials!)
He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special - Yea, I'm a nerd...
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol - A hilarious & visually challenged version of this classic tale - it's a play within a play, how Shakespearean! Great songs.
A Claymation Christmas Special - 1987, Hosted by dinosaurs that give the history of classic Christmas carols...the California Raisins perform at the end!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 1966, we've all seen it!
Bing Crosby & David Bowie Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy - 1977, Originally aired as a Christmas special, two eras come together for Christmas joy! More of a music video than a movie.
The Snowman - 1982 Artsy animated special narrated by David Bowie with the song "Walking In The Air"
A Garfield Christmas Special - 1987
Other Favorite Holiday movies:
Miracle on 34th Street (1955)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story
Nostaligic Vintage Holiday Commercials:
Various 80s Holiday commercials - including the trailer for my nemesis, ET (I have an alien phobia thanks to this lil guy - a Macy's Christmas commercial had him popping out from behind a Christmas Tree in Dec. 1982 and I went screaming...)
Merry Christmas, Yule Blessings!