I post something like this every December – the Murrell family Christmas movie favorites. Since there have not been many good Christmas movies in the past few years, the list looks about the same as last year’s. If you need to get into the Christmas spirit just plug one of these into your DVD player, get a bowl of popcorn and relax. Here’s our current top 10:

1. It’s a Wonderful Life
– THE Christmas classic. We usually save this one ’til New Year’s Eve.

2. Miracle on 34th Street
– The 1947 black and white edition, of course.

3. Christmas in Connecticut
– Another black and white that puts Deborah and my sons to sleep, but I love it.

4. White Christmas
– Where we have lived the past 23 years, white Christmas means Bora, and that’s a good Christmas thought.

Die Hard 1 -The first color Christmas movie on my list. DH-1 qualifies because the whole movie took place during an office Christmas party.

Elf – I rarely like Will Farrell movies (Kicking & Screaming was the exception) but the opening Elf scene with Senior Elf (Bob Newhart) reading the intro story is worth the price of the DVD. The rest of the movie is pretty lame, but that first 5 minutes is classic.

Home Alone I or II – The “Wet Bandits” are some of my favorite big screen bad guys.

Santa Clause II – We love the Easter Bunny scene.

Jingle All the Way – Sinbad goes postal.

House Guest – This qualifies because Sinbad and Phil Hartman sang Christmas carols during the closing credits.