What makes the festive season? Sure, we all love the lights, the decorations, and the music all around. But, to me it’s the movie we watch every festive season, all snug as little bugs. So, here are 9 old Christmas movies my family cannot go without, which are sure to set your spirit alight before the Christmas season truly begins.
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So, grab a cup of your favorite coffee (mine is Organo Gold), and let’s get right to it.
Classic Christmas movies for the whole family
1) Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch stole Christmas (1999)
This movie has always been on top of my Christmas movie list. From the light-hearted comedy to the beautiful Christmas lights, to the beautiful moral of the story and the character growth of the Grinch, this movie truly encapsulates the spirit of Christmas, whilst supplying ample good feel vibes throughout. Who can forget the infamous dressing-up montage when the Grinch is chosen to get a special reward?
2) The holiday (2006)
This feel-good holiday movie follows two ladies who swap houses for a period of time. One living in California and the other in England. Both trying to escape from their current relationship problems and find love in their holiday destinations. The Holiday has a star-studded cast and has an easy-to-watch storyline, making it a holiday Christmas romantic comedy that has always been a must-watch.
3) Meet me in St. Louis (1944)
This movie follows the Smith family throughout the course of a year, starting in the summer of 1903 leading to the spring of 1904. You have undoubtedly heard numerous of the musical numbers from this film (including Meet me in St. Louis, the Trolley song, and even Skip to my Lou). The most popular song sung by Judy Garland at Christmas time, whilst all things around the family is changing, will always be one of the true classics of Christmas, Have yourself a merry little Christmas. This particular scene of the movie has made its way into numerous movies succeeding Meet me in St. Louis.
4) Deck the Halls (2006)
Buddy Hall is a free spirit, whimsical guy, who enjoys a new adventure. Steve Finch is an old-school, traditional guy who has always been known as the ‘Christmas guy’ in town. Hilarity ensues as we follow Buddy’s newest found passions and Steve it’s direct and indirect effects on Steve’s picture of a perfect Christmas.
5) The family Stone (2005)
Everett Stone is bringing his girlfriend, Meredith Morton, home to meet his family over Christmas time. The family is a close-knit, nosey, and opinionated group of individuals, thrown together into what can only be described as a dysfunctional family. Filled with lighthearted as well as sentimental moments that will make you want to give it a re-watch every year.
6) The Santa Clause (1994)
Scott Calvin is just a regular guy excelling in his corporate job as a toy designer. On Christmas eve, his ex-wife drops of their son at his home for the evening. That evening, they hear a ‘clatter on the roof’. An investigation ensues and Santa falls off the roof. In an attempt to entertain his son, Scott puts the Santa suit on. After this moment, his life is changed forever.
7) I’ll be home for Christmas
College student, Jake, is bribed by his father to come home after trading in his plane ticket home for two tickets (for him and his girlfriend) to a tropical Christmas break location. Problems arise as Jake ticks off Eddie, the ring leader of the campus jocks. Left alone in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with only a Santa suit on, Jake must find his way home by 6 pm on Christmas eve to get his ultimate Christmas gift.
8) A Christmas Carol (2009)
Based on A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, the movie follows Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas eve. Throughout the evening, he is visited by three spirits of Christmas (past, present, and future). The spirits are sent by the spirit of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, in an attempt to show Ebenezer the error in his ways.
9) Home Alone (1990)
A little boy, Kevin McCallister, is forgotten as his entire family leaves for a trip to France. This leaves him home alone for the holidays. However, the town is not safe as the McCallister residents own the most alluring house on the block and two burglars have decided to make the street their playground. We see Kevin shape up from a scared kid to a fearless little man, ready to take on anything by the end of the movie’s run.
The Christmas movie list: Honorable mentions
- The Santa Clause 2
- Home Alone 2
- It’s a wonderful life
- The nightmare before Christmas
- The Muppets Christmas Carol
- Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
- The Gremlins
- Love Actually
- Last Holiday
So that concludes the classic Christmas movie list that my family and I watch every year to get the holiday spirit pumping through our veins. Which Christmas movies do you watch to kick off the festive season in your household?
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