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On this first day of Christmas, a Merry Christmas to us all, every one!

Traditionally, Christmas movies for me have meant the Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday specials and other Christmas-themed classic films that aired on television during my childhood, namely Holiday Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas. At some point, The Thin Man got added into the mix, along with modern favorites like Trading Places and While You Were Sleeping.

However, as part of the preparations for my 2020 Century+ of Cinema blogging project, I’ve spent this past December trying to catch up on and assess other holiday classics from the period 1895–1960. Some films—such as Miracle on 34th Street—I had seen before but was never tempted to add to my Christmas rotation, others I had barely heard of before film twitter or my own research.

Unfortunately, the work that has been partly responsible for my lack of blogging this year once again reared its ugly head and I didn’t get through my full list by Christmas Day, including some I really wanted to watch or rewatch. So, I’ve decided to spend the twelve days of Christmas watching the remaining films on my spreadsheet in the hopes of coming up with a definitive Top Twelve. Before revealing which films those are, here is a rough ranking of the thirty holiday-themed or holiday-adjacent movies I have watched (or rewatched) since December 1st.

Christmas Movies (Ranked)
The Thin Man
It Happened on 5th Avenue
Miracle on 34th Street
White Christmas
Christmas in Connecticut
The Shop Around the Corner
Remember the Night
I’ll Be Seeing You
Holiday Inn
Lady in the Lake
The Man Who Came to Dinner
3 Godfathers
Beyond Tomorrow
The Holly and the Ivy
Holiday Affair
A Trap For Santa
The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus
Santa Claus (1898)
Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost (1901)
The Bishop’s Wife
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
A Bill of Divorcement (1940)
A Christmas Accident
Santa Claus (1925)
Santa Claus vs. Cupid
A Winter Straw Ride
A Christmas Carol (1910)
La Petite Marchande d’allumettes (The Little Match Girl)
The Night Before Christmas (1905)
A Holiday Pageant At Home

These rankings are very much subject to change, especially as I watch the remaining films on my list and hone in on what exactly makes a film a “Christmas movie” (for me anyways). On the road to Epiphany, I hope to examine (or re-examine) the following films:
Meet John Doe
Christmas Holiday
Meet Me in St. Louis
Lady on a Train
It’s a Wonderful Life
Christmas Eve
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
We’re No Angels
Desk Set
Auntie Mame
Bell, Book and Candle
The Apartment

Do you make a special effort to watch certain movies during the holiday season? If so, which ones? Are there any other films made between 1895 and 1960 that I should consider adding to this list?