The list author says: "Are you one of those people/couples/families who watch Christmas movies from Thanksgiving through the New Year? And are on the lookout for some movies to add to your yearly "rotation"? Well, here are some suggestions...
I didn't have enough room to include "Nobody's Fool," "A Perfect Day," "Samantha - An American Girl Holiday," "Francis Ford Coppola Presents William S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas," "While You Were Sleeping," and "The Family Man," which aren't as "Christmas-sy" as most of these movies.
(Also see my lists, "Sentimental Christmas Movies," "Christmas 'Romance' Movies," "Christmas 'Family' Movies," "Christmas Comedy Movies," "Classic Christmas Movies," "Black (African-American) Christmas Movies," and my five lists of "Christmas Programs for Children.")"
"An adaptation of the classic set in 1933, where the townspeople are trying to hold onto their Christmas spirit during the Great Depression. But old Mr. Benedict Slade is mercilessly repossessing their prized goods, until he is visited by ghostly messengers."
"Andrew Austin has everything: successful career in the wine business; two children; and wife who was his highschool sweetheart. But the wife becomes extremely ill, and they retreat to their summer home on Lake Erie to celebrate their last Christmas in peace."
"Sequel to "Christmas Shoes"; Nathan Andrews is now a medical resident who, after he loses a patient, begins to rethink his career and moves back home with his father. When then the lives of the woman he loves and an innocent young boy are in crisis, he finds himself questioning God, fate and the fragility of life. ("Christmas Hope" is third in the trilogy.)"
""CHRISTMAS BOX": A man consumed with work is unhappy about his family's insistence on sharing a lonely mansion an icy, humorless widow, with whom they develop loving ties; but she is haunted by a past tragedy. "TIMEPIECE": Begins 16 years later, then goes back to the 1940s, when the woman and her late husband (an arms dealer) marry and endure both a bogus murder trial and a crushing family loss."
"A top-rated female lawyer has three kids and a husband who take up all her time. Just days before Christmas, she sees Santa at the Mall and wishes for a different life---but ultimately finds that life as a single, successful lawyer with her own firm (and her pick of suitors) is unsatisfying."
"Third part of the "Christmas Shoes" and "Christmas Blessing" trilogy (although not really related, story-wise). A single mom dies on her way to work just a few days before Christmas, leaving behind a young daughter. A social worker (who lost her own son a few years ago) with a pilot husband offers to keep the girl for a few days until they can find the next of kin."
"When Buddy is abandoned by his parents at the age of seven, he is dumped in the small-town home of some older unmarried cousins. He develops a lasting friendship with one of the older, simpler sisters."
"The Franklin and Red Eagle families are well-known rivals on the lawless western frontier. When disaster strikes, these two families are forced to confront their many differences, as lives hang in the balance."
"When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that linked him to his dead father, his mother persuades a reclusive woodcarver to make a replacement, and allow her son to watch him carve it. As Christmas approaches, the three of them struggle to come to terms with putting their unhappiness behind them."
"A Christmas entry into a deceased Grandfather's journal every Christmas Eve, 'visit Lillian,' has his wife and grandson wondering, who is Lillian? The grandmother asks her grandson to find out who Lillian is..."
"PART 1: For years, hard-driving businessman Adam Thornton neglected his family. Now, with a diagnosis of only weeks to live, he arranges a Christmas reunion---despite long-time emotional wounds. PART 2: Two Christmases later, the wife is running the company, but she is wooed by a financier---who her children fear is more interested in the business, than in her."
"In the early 20th-century, a teenage orphan comes to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle. Despite a stormy encounter with a handsome Swiss immigrant, and her arranged engagement to a sickly bird watcher, the two fall in love."
"A long-time hobo makes one last attempt to reunite with his family for the holidays. His son (a single dad with two young children), has never forgiven him for leaving, but reluctantly lets him visit for Christmas week; the old man wins the love of his grandchildren, and then his son."
"A dedicated homemaker in an affluent neighborhood discovers that her husband is cheating on her. During the pending divorce, she is left with nothing except her car and meager child support checks, so her 16-year old daughter ungratefully moves in with her father and his girlfriend. The mother is reduced to living in her car, as she tries to get a real estate license..."
"Addie (who lost her mother when she was young) wants to have a Christmas tree, but her father refuses. Her Grandmother explains that memories of Christmases past are too painful for her father. When she wins a tree at school, her father is enraged..."
"A surgeon who recently lost his wife returns to his hometown with his daughter to run the local hospital. His father tries to reunite him with his old ex-girlfriend, but he is having difficulty adjusting..."
"Innovative inventor A.C. Gilbert and his brother Frank run a successful toy factory. During WWI, they are pressured to turn the factory into a munitions plant. But he convinces Congress that what America really needs is a little Christmas joy."
"On Christmas Eve, come together the lives of five lonely strangers: a divorced book editor (Susan Sarandon) whose mother has Alzheimer's; a mysterious patient across the hall; Nina (Penélope Cruz), who broke her engagement to Mike (Paul Walker) because of his suffocating jealousy; and a bartender (Alan Arkin) who reveals how his past was forever altered by someone he thinks is Mike."
"A female newspaper columnist discovers a note that appears to have been written by a father to his child just minutes before his plane crashed. The reporter--who lost her own husband in a tragic accident--is compelled to figure out who the letter was intended for, and deliver it to that person."
"It’s Christmas time in Chicago, and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents’ home to celebrate the season. Traditions are celebrated, secrets revealed, old resentments forgotten, familial bonds re-affirmed, and the healing power of laughter works its magic."
"In her final screen performance, Katherine Hepburn plays a wealthy New Orleans socialite whose spinster niece is vulnerable to the gold-digging charms of a con artist (Henry Winkler) whose estranged 8-year-old son has just arrived from Alabama."
"Julie Andrews is a widowed pediatric physician and James Garner is a contractor with a wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Due to a winter storm, they end up spending Thanksgiving together in an abandoned cabin, away from their family and friends. The two initially wary strangers soon find they have more in common than either could have anticipated."
"A woman's husband has lost his job, and the family must move out of their house. She can't even bring herself to say, "Merry Christmas," but with help from her daughter and a Christmas angel named Gideon, things begin to change."
"Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, where a German mother and her son seek refuge in a cabin on the war front. When the cabin is invaded by three American soldiers and then by three German soldiers, she convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences and share a Christmas dinner."