Christmas time is a special time of year. People are happy and excited, stores and houses are decorated amazingly and a ton of great movies come on. There is nothing better during a cold, snowy night then cuddling under a blanket and watching a classic. Here are my top 10 Christmas movies to watch during the holiday season!
10) A Christmas Story (1983)
This comedy had a few great holidays tips; don’t stick your tongue to a frozen pole, keep your door locked or the neighborhood dogs will get in, if your mother tells you that you’ll shoot your eye out then she may be right and there is always a chinese food place open on Christmas. You also learned the “Italian” pronunciation of Fragile and that a broken lamp with cause your father and mother to fight about glue. Also, the universal parenting rule-the second your child is bundled up they need to go to the bathroom.
9) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
This is the only sequel on the list but it is a great movie for Christmas time because it shows all the great things about New York City during Christmas. Kevin hit all of NYC’s best spots and makes you want to spend your holiday at the Plaza. Throw in an appearance by Tim Curry and you’ve got it made! Although you do have to wonder if the McCallisters just stayed home for Christmas after this.
8) Love Actually (2003)
Not only did this movie give you the travel bug to go visit England, it gave you that warm and fuzzy feeling in your stomach and made you want to call all the important people in your life. The opening scene with airport greetings is a must watch.
7) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
I’m a fan of the original cartoon, although some are more into the Jim Carrey live action version. For some reason when I see this on television that means that Christmas is really almost here. You can feel your heart growing along with the Grinch when the Whos in Whoville start singing. It’s one of those traditions that you didn’t realize you loved until you didn’t watch one year.
6) Bad Santa (2003)
This is not the most traditional Christmas movie but it defiantly gives a good message in its own special way: Christmas is better when you have people to spend it with and when you are robbing malls and ripping people off…..well nobody really wants to be around you. So be nice. Also, sandwiches are good for every occasion.
5) The Santa Clause (1994)
I think at every point in a kids life they have a wish that their dad was Santa and they get the VIP treatment at the North Pole. This film gave a glimpse at that wish and the idea that you are never too old to stop believing in the big guy. I also appreciated that, as a child of divorced parents, the movie showed a realistic relationship between the parents that didn’t end with them getting back together. Yes, they bickered but they learned to be co-parents and not undermine each other.
4) Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell as the happiest elf/human ever is enough to put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Add in a pre-New Girl Zooey Deschanel and it’s all wrapped up in a diabetes inducing movie of sweet and funny. The scene where Buddy stuffs his face with the candy/spaghetti concoction makes my father laugh till he can’t breathe.
3) Scrooged (1988)
This modern retelling of A Christmas Carol sends the same message as the original but has Bill Murray playing the lead and adds his brand of heart to the story along with a great rendition of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”. They also have the best ghosts of past and present I’ve seen yet with David Johansen and Carol Kane.This is a classic for any Bill Murray fan because it just shows what makes him so popular. It’s the ultimate Christmas movie for us sarcastic, dark humor lovers.
2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
I have a soft spot for this movie because it is watched every year at my house. Big dreams, crazy relatives and an overcooked turkey, along with enough Christmas lights to cause permanent blindness makes me laugh every year. We all have that one relative that makes Cousin Eddie look like a treat. I consider this one of the best of the Griswold family movies. I dare you not to laugh during “THE BLESS-ING!”
1) Home Alone (1990)
This movie has a little bit of everything; comedy and drama. I was a kid when this movie came out and I thought Kevin was living the dream: no family, no rules and a large cheese pizza all to myself. But he learns that your family loves you no matter how much they drive you crazy and Christmas isn’t the same without them. Plus, you should get to know your neighbors. They may save your life one day.
What do you think? Do you love these movies too or are there any that should be here also?