elf & a christmas story | christmas movie marathon

I love doing Christmas blog series because I love blogging and I love Christmas.  It just works.

As I thought about what I’d do this year, I kept remembering the blog series I did last year. If you’ve read that one, you probably noticed that I basically covered all the bases – my favorite Christmas movies, my favorite Christmas songs, my favorite Christmas traditions, and, finally, the reasons why I celebrate Christmas.

For the longest time, I couldn’t think of anything to post about this year that I hadn’t posted about already last year.  And then I thought about the list I made a few weeks ago of all of the Christmas movies I hadn’t seen yet but wanted to.  So I thought, “Hey, why not write a review for each movie?”  However, because it’s not Christmas without my favorite Christmas movies, I probably wouldn’t be watching enough new movies to warrant a blog series.

BAM.  Reviews of a new one and an old one (for me, at least).  I’ll post one every Friday morning, just in time for a family movie night.  Enjoy!

christmasmovieself.jpgElf {2003} | Will Ferrell, James Caan

The Plot: Buddy the Elf, one of Santa’s helpers, has to find his dad in NYC and get him off The Naughty List, all while helping others to believe in Santa Claus before it’s too late.

The Good: This movie is a straight-up classic, despite the fact that it’s “only” been out for thirteen years.  My family watches it every year while we decorate our Christmas tree, and we’ve gotten to the point where we can all quote it word for word – even my parents.  It’s hilarious, it’s heart-warming, it’s got an adorable romance subplot, and it teaches valuable lessons about family, friendship, and the Christmas spirit (especially when the Clausometer levels are shockingly low).

The Bad: As with every movie, this one has it’s faults – and it’s definitely not for everyone.  I know people who despise this movie because they don’t get (or don’t like) the humor.  I get it.  It utilizes some potty humor and the characters have to work their way around some ridiculous situations – not to mention the fact that it *gasp* encourages The Santa Myth.  However, this movie is just a fun ride, and people who think it should be more than that probably shouldn’t be watching it in the first place.

The Bottom Line: Elf is a hilarious family movie that can be enjoyed by all ages.

christmasmoviesachristmasstory.jpgA Christmas Story {1983} | Peter Billingsley, Jean Shepherd

The Plot: Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB gun and tries to convince his parents, his teacher, and even Santa that it’s the best gift, despite their protests that he’ll “shoot his eye out!”

The Good: I can see why this movie is such a classic.  It’s charming, it’s memorable, and the situations the characters get themselves in – although ridiculous at times – are pretty hilarious. I absolutely loved a lot of the characters, and I’m so glad to finally get the jokes!

The Bad: First of all, let me just say… I don’t do whiny kids.  I can’t stand them.  Like, put your kid in time out or something and make. it. stop.  Ralphie’s little brother was a whiner, and it annoyed the crap out of me – and don’t even get me started on that dinner scene.  This movie also had some language, mumbled almost unintelligibly by Ralphie’s dad, and Ralphie is punished for a word he says (that we don’t really hear).

The Bottom Line: I think I would’ve enjoyed this movie a little more if I’d grown up on it – or if I were an 11-year-old boy.  So although I think it was little more than “meh,” I can still see why it’s such a classic.

Next Friday: Eloise at Christmastime and Christmas with the Kranks!

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11 thoughts on “elf & a christmas story | christmas movie marathon

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  3. Oh osh, Elf!!!!! We are one of those families you mentioned in your ‘why you celebrate Christmas’ post, not because of commercialism though, but we still watch some that we just can’t let go of. Elf is onenof those! Such a classic and so hilarious!

  4. Well, there’s nothing wrong with believing in Santa. I personally think it’s a great thing for kids–in fact, I low-key still believe in Santa myself 😉

    • Absolutely not! I just know people who won’t let their kids watch Elf because they don’t want them to believe in Santa. *eyeroll* I still love Santa, even as an almost-22-year-old. 🙂

      • I know, right???? I still get warm fuzzies inside whenever I remember “The Polar Express”; and honestly, I think the message about believing in a love you can’t actually SEE or PROVE is a very valuable one, even though Santa himself isn’t technically real. I wish Christians didn’t feel like they had an obligation to get so uptight about stuff that isn’t really bad or dangerous at all . . . Please, people, lighten up a little!!

        • Aww, yay! I get warm fuzzies whenever I think of my favorites, too (which I’ll obviously be talking a lot during this series – YAY). Exactlyyyyy. PREACH.

  5. I actually didn’t see Elf until last year, but I really liked it; and to me, it’s not Christmas Eve unless we come home from church and watch The Christmas Story before bed!

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