Sitting down to decide upon a holiday movie to watch can be as stressful as trying to make your way to the nearest mall to do your Christmas shopping. You want something cheery, but not too corny. You want something that makes you feel sentimental, but not sad. You want something to get you into that Christmas mood. Here’s my list for best Christmas films.
“Elf” is undeniably one of the best holiday films. The movie is completely quotable and full of laughs, but it has that special touch of family mixed with the spirit of Christmas. You might not want to eat spaghetti with maple syrup by the end of it, but it’ll still make you feel all sweet inside!
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
“Home Alone” taught me that despite sometimes being fed up with your family, don’t ever wish them away because spending a holiday all alone is never fun! However, it also taught us, as kids, that with a little ingenuity you can take down bad guys with some marbles, soap, and Hot Wheels. I’m not saying that’s a great thing to be convinced of as a child but it did give me a sense of confidence!
A Christmas Story
You best believe many years I tuned to TBS and kept it on for all 20 hours of “A Christmas Story.” This is the quintessential “get in the mood of Christmas” movie for me. From “you’ll shoot your eye out” to triple dog daring someone to stick their tongue to a frozen pole, this movie is practically perfect. Anyone who does the “Show me how the little piggy eats” impression for me will get a gold star and move up to my tier of best friends.
This movie is pure magic. It makes you remember what it was like to be a kid, to be so excited for Santa to come that it was hard to actually fall asleep and, by sheer willpower, you woke up at the perfect time of way-too-damn-early-for-your-parents on Christmas morning. Tom Hanks does perfect voice acting in “Polar Express” and I can feel the excitement rising in my chest when he yells “All aboard!”
Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie is fine to watch anywhere from the month of October for Halloween up to Christmas day. It’s perfect for people who aren’t totally into Christmas, as it’s not really up-in-your-face about its Christmasness. I think this is easily Tim Burton’s best. Singing “What’s This?” with friends is really fun and easily one of the most awesome carols to add to your repertoire.
“Love Actually” is perfect for the people who want to see some good sappy romance for the holidays. The cast is large enough to where there’s always stuff happening and you don’t manage any boredom. At the end, you’re left with feeling like you just had a giant hug.
Rise of the Guardians
Sure, this is more an all around Holiday type movie but a good portion is dedicated to the “colder” heroes involved which makes it a good movie for Christmas. Jack Frost is sweet and relatable. And the cool, rough version of North gave me a new image of Santa! Check it out!
What are your favorite holiday movies?