12 Nights of Christmas Movies - 2016 Edition

Welcome to our second annual 12 Christmas Movies post. We tried for many years to watch a dozen Christmas movies during the holidays but failed a couple of times before suceeding last year. In fact I was reading my post last year and found one glaring error, I called it 12 Days of Christmas Movies when in actuality it was really the 12 Nights of Christmas Movies. That has been corrected in 2016 and with it an updated batch of Christmas movies. Many have remained the same from last year with a few exceptions. 


November 26th - Love Actually

Watched: 2015-2016
Love Actually continues to be our "kick-off" movie that we watch after decorating our Christmas tree. With each watch we continue to "love" Love Actually and its one we both can't wait to watch each year. 


November 27th - Elf

Watched: 2015-2016
I got back and forth on Elf, some years I love it and others it doesn't do anything for me. 2016 was a year that I just couldn't get in the elf mode. Lets hope that changes as tonight we are off to go see a live performance of Elf at Segerstrom. 


December 3rd - Polar Express

Watched: 2016
I've never been a big Polar Express fan but Jenn promised me that it was a better movie then I remembered. Sadly for both of us Polar Express did anything but stick the landing. In all honesty we both find the movie a bit creepy. 


December 10th - Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Watched: 2015-2016
Last year was the first time Jenn has any memory of seeing Miracle on 34th Street a staple holiday viewing for me growing up. She loved it so it was back in our rotation in 2016 and did not disappoint. 


December 11th - Home Alone 2

Watched: 2016
Last year we watched Home Alone and this year we decided to continue with the series with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Here's an awesome article about how much it cost Kevin's dad in both movies for repairs and bills. 


December 11th - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Watched: 2015-2016
This is another movie that Jenn loves and I can't seem to get myself behind. We watched the Jim Carrey version again and Jenn continues to love it while I mildly tolerate it. 


December 14th - The Holiday

Watched: 2016
My memory of The Holiday is vastly different from what the movie ended up being. I remembered a good light hearted rom-com, but what we ended up getting was a laughably bad holiday cash-in. We loath the idea of ever watching this one again. 


December 22nd - BoJack Horesman - Christmas Special

Watched: 2016
I didn't even know the Christmas special for BoJack Horseman even existed until we stumbled upon it to go watch Frasier on Netflix. But I can say with a pretty high level of certainty that this is one that will continue to be on our list for years to come. 


December 23rd - It's a Wonderful Life

Watched: 2015-2016
This continues to be one of my personal favorites and one that although you have to make time for (given its long length) is worth every second. A great message and one that works so many years later I always look forward to watching It's a Wonderful Life. 


December 24th - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Watched: 2015-2016
I've loved Charlie Brown's Christmas since I can remember. The short fifteen minute animated short is one of my favorite holiday watches and one that I can't wait to re-watch again this year. 


December 24th - Christmas in Connecticut

Watched: 2015-2016
I've been watching Christmas in Connecticut on Christmas Eve since I can remember. Jenn and I have continued to carry the tradition forward and watch it every Christmas Eve. It wasn't until Jenn and I got married that I actually watched the entire movie from start to finish and we actually both love it. 


December 25th - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Watched: 2015-2016
This one is a Carpenter tradition carryover that Jenn and I have now watched since early in our relationship and will continue to for as long as I'm around is watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on Christmas day. It's such a great light-hearted movie and one that I genuinely love every time I watch it.