Warm up the hot chocolate and huddle around the crackling fire – Christmas is coming soon and so is the perfect occasion for movie night! It’s everyone’s favorite holiday, hands down, due to three big reasons: delicious snacks, good music, and most of all, the most heartwarming selection of movies. So start watching Christmas movies now and be ready to be smug in the knowledge that you’re not missing out on any celebration time. Thankfully, there are enough Christmas movies out there that you could watch one every day from now through December 25 and still not run out of options, but here are the top five that everyone channels into every year.
Ah, one can never go wrong with the classics – this one being the absolute golden oldie. Home Alone always has one of the most viewings any time of the year, as it takes on a special significance at Christmas time being with your family. After all, it is the most favorable time to be indulge yourself with some freshly-popped popcorn and Kevin McAllister, as he tries to defend his house against a pair of foolish burglars, and the antics he pulls will definitely crack you up.
Year after year, this movie just never gets old, as it is a classic feel-good Christmas movie you can’t help but love. Buddy the Elf is, along with Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s finest comedy creations, and he’s listed to be one of the most adorable movie characters in Christmas movie history. Unless you’re a cotton-headed ninnymuggin, there’s nothing about this movie not to love.
A British hottie to swoon over should be a must for every holiday movie. Not only that, but also the shining cast which includes Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black gives this movie the perfect mix of touching and hilarious. The Holiday is a story about about Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) who decide to swap houses for Christmas in order to get away from their normal lives. Of course, along the way, they get to conveniently encounter Graham Simpkins (Jude Law) and Miles (Jack Black) respectively. Grab a nice, fluffy blanket to put around you, and get ready to indulge yourself in a cozy romance movie you can get away with watching just because it’s Christmas time.
Yet another classic. Love Actually focuses on nine intersecting love stories mixed with another amazing cast that brings you on either a bundle of extreme mushiness or a festive heart-warmer. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of intense feelings of sentimentality inside as the movie dawns to an end. When pushy holiday shoppers and noisy little children running around the department store start getting to you, it’s good to remember that “love, actually, is all around us.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Animations certainly cannot be forgotten when it comes to serving a good ol’ holiday cheer. Like The Snowman, this production was made for TV, yet that hasn’t hindered it from winning a place in our hearts for over 50 consistent years. Sometimes getting caught up in the materialism of the holidays is tempting, but Charlie, Linus, Lucy, and a little fir tree help us remind the true meaning of Christmas.
Alas, the festive period is now well and truly upon us. And to get into the spirit of the season, these family flicks will get you in the holiday mood, year after year. So grab a cup of warm eggnog, cuddle up near the fireplace, and soak up some holiday cheer with the best Christmas movies of all time.
– Ashley Kim (’18)
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