HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Updating the Collection of My Favorite Christmas Movies for 2022: December 24-25, 2022

As you snuggle indoors on these chilly days and celebrate Christmas, here are some of my favorite movies to watch. If you have others, please share them, so that I can add them to the list. Happy holidays, and don’t forget the meditation below.

1 – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, written and directed by David E. Talbert, choreographed by Ashley Wallen, with the amazing Madalen Mills, Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Keegan Michael Key, Justin Cornwell, Ricky Martin, Hugh Bonneville, and so many other diverse and talented cast members, remains number one on my list. Streamed on Netflix, this land of invention and innovation uplifts the magic of what genius, generosity and giving are all about.

In Psychology Today, Dr. Pamela Rutledge says holiday movies are an important antidote to stress, creating a profound sense of hope, social connection, love, and purpose. When we “suspend disbelief and revel in the simplicity” of predicting the outcome, being inspired by the values, and feeling reassured “that the world will be put right, especially now when everything feels so upended,” we are blessed by the magic of creativity, and we can enjoy the same experiences over and over again because storytelling is good for the soul.
HERE IS A MEDITATION ON CHRISTMAS

Below is an updated list of 39 more of my favorite holiday movies.

2 – Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Christmas, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Sheperd, and the amazing Ms. Regina Belle, brought me to tears more than once and definitely nourished my soul. This story of a young assistant pastor, who gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, is a powerful story of redemption and transformation. (Amazon/Lifetime)

3 – A Sisterly Christmas, directed by Jerry Lamothe
and written by Angela Burt-Murray and Maryam Myika Day, starring Deborah Joy Winans and Kendrick Cross, is about the importance of love between women, featuring the story of two sisters who receive an early Christmas gift: an inheritance that takes them luxury holiday vacation, with the caveat that they must spend time together. (OWN)

4 – Inventing the Christmas Prince, directed by Paul Ziller and written by Kim Beyer-Johnson, is a romantic journey of authenticity and brilliance shared between two “rocket scientists.” Starring Tamera Mowry-Housley and Ronnie Rowe Jr., along with Isabel Birch, this modern fairy tale actually brought tears to my eyes, which is always the test of a really great romance. (Hallmark)

5 – A Christmas Proposal, directed by Martin Wood and written by Mark Amato, this is a wonderful story of a chef who dreams of having her own food trucks and agrees to pose as an attorney’s girlfriend in order to help finance her new venture. Starring Adam Rodriguez, Jessica Camacho, and Jaime M. Callica, they learn that family is more important than competition. (Paramount+)

6 – Something From Tiffany’s, directed by Darryl Wein, and written by Melissa Hill (book) Tamara Chestna (script), this engaging film deals with the importance of integrity when an engagement ring that was for someone else leads a woman to a more honorable relationship. Kendrick Sampson and Zoey Deutch, along with Leah Jeffries, and others provide a compelling performance in this warm, inclusive story. (PRIME)

7 – The Sound of Christmas, written and directed by Booker T. Mattison, along with co-writer Tiffany Warren, features an all-star cast with Ne-Yo and Serayah, who I love to watch perform. This is a delightful story about a man who regains his sense of self through the compassion and genius of a talented woman who comes into his life around Christmas. (BET+)

8 – Christmas DejaVu, directed and written by Christel Gibson, this is a beautiful modern take on the power of Christmas transformation for a young woman who gets to re-create herself despite the trauma she suffered from death of her father at an early age. Two of my favorite actors star, Amber Riley and Loretta Divine, as mother an daughter, and it’s just fun to see them share their fabulous beauty and talent, along with the debonair and devoted love interest portrayed by Blue Kimble. (BET+)

9 – A Chestnut Family Christmas, directed by Roger Robb and written by Chad Quinn, starring Meagan Holder and Brad James, is yet another testimony about the importance of authenticity and trust, told through as the story of a lawyer working as a live-in cook who poses as her employer to impress her family until her secret is exposed. (OWN)

10 – A Christmas Stray, directed by Roger Bobb and written by Tobin Addington, starring Andra Fuller and Rhyon Nicole Brown, is a story of the magic of love, sacrifice, and miracles through the encounter of a corporate executive who is guided by a stray after he is stranded in a mountain town on Christmas Eve to a local veterinarian. (OWN)

11 – A Jenkins Family Christmas, directed by Robin Givens and written by Oscar Estella, Joy Kecken and Christopher Oscar Pena, stars Regina Taylor, Kim Coles, and Tammy Townsend, is the story of two sisters struggling to preserve their family holiday traditions in the wake of their father’s passing, with drama and a renewed understanding of the importance of family, when a half-sister they didn’t know existed shows up. (BET+)

12 – MIRACLE IN MOTOR CITY on AMAZON/ LIFETIME with Smokey Robinson, Tia Mowry-Hardric, and Mark Taylor is a must-see.
13 – ICE WINE CHRISTMAS on AMAZON/LIFETIME uplifts love, business, and trust with Roselyn Sanchez and Lyriq Bent.
14 – LOVE HARD on NETFLIX, one of few holiday movies with an Asian cast, addresses valuing ourselves as well as how we judge others.

15 – BLACK NATIVITY is a Christmas based on Langston Hughes’ gospel oratorio is on AMAZON.
16 – THE HOLIDAY is one favorite to watch all year round, also available on AMAZON.
17 – HOLIDAY RUSH is another NETFLIX favorite, starring Romany Malco and Sonequa Martin-Green.
18 – CHRISTMAS LODGE, on AMAZON, is my go-to feel-good movie, emphasizing, love, spirituality, family, and the joy of giving.
19 – A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS is a HALLMARK movie featuring two of my favorites – Vivica Fox and Ricco Ross are available on AMAZON.
20 – A FAMILY CHRISTMAS GIFT with Holly Robinson-Pete and Patti LaBelle is another HALLMARK favorite, available on AMAZON.
21 – POLAR EXPRESS, starring Tom Hanks, takes us on a classic holiday ride that is magical and transformational on AMAZON.
22 – EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS is my favorite Christmas love story and Scrooge tale, featuring Toni Braxton and Michael Jai White on AMAZON.
23 – CHRISTMAS HOTEL, with Sean Patrick Thomas and Tatyana Ali, is another holiday rom-com with an all-star cast on AMAZON.
24 – A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS is a wonderful story of love, loss, and redemption, which can also be accessed through AMAZON.
25- CHRISTMAS WITH A VIEW is a great story of trust, betrayal, and triumph, available on AMAZON with great, diverse casting.
26 – ANGELS IN THE SNOW is a remarkable story about the power of entertaining strangers, as they might be angels, on AMAZON.
27 – MERRY LIDDLE CHRISTMAS BABY on AMAZON/LIFETIME continues the love as Part 3 of the loving Kelly Rowland-Thomas Cadrot series.
28 – DANCING THROUGH THE SNOW with Colin Lawrence, AnnaLynne McCord, and Colin’s real-life daughter Bianca, is a new AMAZON/Lifetime favorite.
29 – A GINGERBREAD ROMANCE is about the power of creativity, teamwork, support for one another, and success. An oldie but goodie, it’s available on AMAZON/Hallmark.
30 – JINGLE BELL BRIDE provides terrific performances by Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe, Jr. Also available on AMAZON.
31 – A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is another favorite, with a great plot about change, family, and healing. Also available on AMAZON.
32 – LAST HOLIDAY is a feel-good favorite, with an all-star cast sharing the gift of prosperity.
Also available on AMAZON.
34 – CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN IS A MOVIE SERIES TO FOLLOW. AVAILABLE ON HALLMARK OR AMAZON.
35 – THE CHANDLER FAMILY MOVIES ARE ALSO SOME GO-TO FAVORITES FROM AMAZON – UP FAITH FAMILY.
36 – ANGELAS CHRISTMAS MOVIES ARE ALSO A GIFT OF LOVE, SACRIFICE, AND DELIGHT. AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX.
37 – THE CHRISTMAS SWITCH MOVIES ARE ALSO FUN WITH A TALENTED CAST, STARRING VANESSA HUDGENS ON NETFLIX.

“If you’re feeling guilty indulging in a holiday movie, don’t. If anyone in your family gives you grief, tell them it is cinematherapy.   

DR. PAMELA RUTLEDGE
FROM PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
38 – Dear Secret Santa is A MAGICAL STORY OF HOPE AND TRANSFORMATION, FULL OF SURPRISES.

39 – This Christmas is A CLASSIC, A POWERFUL WAY TO TELL OUR STORY OF FAMILY, WARMTH & HEALING

40 – The Christmas Candle is last but certainly not least as one of the most powerful holiday movies of redemption and transformation: the lesson of light and truth is always miraculous.

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