Professor Wes Gehring of Ball State University has written dozens of books on film-making and the history of film, and his decided to turn his keen analytical skills on the American canon of Christmas films.  His top five?

It’s a Wonderful Life – The Bishop’s Wife – Miracle on 34th Street – A Christmas Story – Elf

I don’t know if I can trust a list of holiday films that doesn’t have ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ at or near the top, can you?