1. This Christmas
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9jqTG04nmg%5DThere are so many black folks in this film, you’ll think it was made by Tyler Perry. In actuality it was not, and this movie is surprisingly entertaining. It has multiple storylines going on, and for a Christmas film the subplots serve as a refreshing surprise. Now, if you’re going to be all like, “Ew, no it has Chris Brown in it!” then I’d just like to inform you that it also has Idris Elba. And his coolness should outweigh your disliking of Breezy, or at least balance it out enough to give This Christmas a fair shake.
2. ’Twas The Night
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MIAGrCDtFI%5DIf you’re a Breaking Bad fan, this is a no-brainer for your Christmas viewing requirements. It’s about a douchey kid who admires his shyster uncle, and of course, learns a great deal about being a less crappy person by the end of the film. This was pooped out by the Disney Channel as one of their many originals.
3. Christmas Every day
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uULeJsWzQJk%5DHere’s how it goes: Kid gets a basketball for Christmas. He sucks, can’t make a jump shot and has a generally crappy day. In his moody state he tells his sister that Santa’s fake as sh-t. Well, he worded it differently but as a result, she wishes for Christmas every day. Now, he’s reliving the same crappy 24-hours over and over. Hijinks ensue, lessons are learned, and you’re thoroughly entertained for an hour and a half or so.
4. Three Days
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFM8D6Mm9xs%5DThis one has some familiar faces in it. Kristin Davis (Sex And The City) and Tim Meadows (Mean Girls), star in a fairly sad story that consists of a dude’s wife dying, and an angel granting him the chance to go back and experience her last three days alive. If you want to cry in your hot chocolate or eggnog, give this one a go.
5. The Ultimate Christmas Present
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2gaXegHGoo%5DThis too was a Disney Channel original movie and it was regularly played on their channel during holiday seasons in the early 2000s. Two teenage girls find Santa Claus’ weather machine, leading to some unusual happenings. Also, the mom from Lizzie McGuire is in there along with other actors who you know from somewhere, but can’t put your finger on exactly where that is.
6. On The 2nd Day Of Christmas
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wttps9r9ulY%5DIt stars Mark Ruffalo who is always good, and the story makes it a more heartfelt one than some of the others on this list. A con-woman and her niece are caught attempting to steal stuff from the store Ruffalo works at. To avoid her having a ruined holiday dictated by the law, he makes them his responsibility.
7. Ernest Saves Christmas
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SbbV57jE_A%5DSanta needs a heir to his throne, Ernest assists him. It’s an Ernest movie so, you kind of know what you’re getting into here.
8. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYpnDZB7d34%5DThis is capable of leaving many in a nostalgic coma being that it’s some of our favorite characters, and we remember watching it during a happy, festive season. It features three stories in one, the first about Donald Duck’s nephews, of DuckTales fame. The second covers Goofy and his son, and the third, Mickey and Minnie. Cartoony Christmas stuff will always have a special place in our hearts, and this one really delivers.
9. Merry Madagascar
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPDNdJ6pO0M%5DFor all of you grownups out there looking for a quick, entertaining one – this is all yours! It’s got Chris Rock and Ben Stiller’s voices, just like the full-length films, but this Christmas special is under a half hour. Check it out, watch with a kid and be thoroughly entertained.
10. A Muppet Family Christmas
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYV_PA0WHAw%5DMuppets + Christmas = Greatness. Kermit and company visit Fozzie Bear’s mama’s place and it’s a really happy time. I dare you to try being in a bad mood after watching this.
BONUS: Boy Meets World Christmas Episode
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJCT8b_zE9w%5DOn this episode titled, “A Very Topanga Christmas,” we get to see C+T clash a little bit. It’s the usual BMW brilliance, and I felt it was an appropriate gift for all of those anticipating the Girl Meets World future series.