These classic animated Christmas movies might actually be the best part of the holiday. Presented here in no particular order are our top ten favorites. If you have children, be sure to introduce them to your favorites!
1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Perhaps the most popular animated Christmas movie of all, who doesn't love Rudolph? And we love it in spite of its sexism and tolerance for bullying - two concepts that certainly would get it banned were it to be introduced today. Follow it up with Rudolph's Shiny New Year and you'll be perfectly primed for the holiday season.
2. The Year Without a Santa Claus
For years, (before the internet), we asked people, what was that movie with the Don King looking Heat Miser guy and no one knew what we were talking about. Finally the internet came along and voila!
3. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Long before Jim Carrey tried the role, this animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss tale stole our hearts. And speaking of hearts, if the Grinch's heart could grow 3 sizes maybe there's still hope for our politicians in D.C.
4. Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman, Was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose, And two eyes made of coal. You were singing along weren't you!
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Only Tim Burton could turn a poem into a dark Halloween - Christmas musical that grossed more than $76 million at the box office. As always with Tim, not the standard holiday fare but also well worth a look.
6. Jack Frost
As children we were told that when we woke in the morning and saw frost on the windows that Jack Frost had been there during the night. Sadly, he doesn't visit much now that most windows are double-glazed.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
This wonderful classic from Charles M. Schulz has been broadcast at least once every year since 1965. Before it aired, the producers thought it would be a failure. Guess they were just a wee bit off the mark.
8. A Flintstones Christmas Carol
If only for the sake of nostalgia, get this one on your kids list of must see's. I found it disturbing recently speaking with an 11 year old who had no idea who Pebbles and Bam Bam were.
9. Frosty Returns
I guess they brought Frosty to life once so they figured they'd try it again? It's ok, who doesn't love a smiling, singing snow man?
10. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Based on the song of the same name, this classic from 1970 will round out your holiday movie watching quite nicely. It's one of the few animated Christmas movies to mention Santa Claus' roots as Kris Kringle.
Don't forget your Light-up Christmas sweater...