My 10 Fave Holiday Movies

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmastime is the season to spend with your family and friends. And why not have a movie marathon to get you in the holiday spirit? Below is a list of my all-time favourites that I like watching while snuggled up with a big mug of hot chocolate!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This is my most favourite Christmas movie! I just cannot go a holiday without watching it once (or twice!). All Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to do is have a nice fun-filled old-fashioned Christmas for him and his family. But things start slowly falling apart as the rest of the family start arriving. This movie will leave you laughing out-loud the entire time.
A Christmas Story
This is one that I recently started watching, and most of you have probably seen as well. This 1983 movie is based around Ralphie Parker(Peter Billingsley), a nine-year-old boy trying to convince his parents that he wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. The story is set in the 1940s and shows a more simpler time in US history.
It's A Wonderful Life
This 1946 movie always makes me cry, no matter how many times I watch it! It always makes you realize and be thankful for what you have. Similar to "the ghost of Christmas future", an angel named Clarence shows George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) what life would have been like if he was never born.
While I am not too fond of Will Ferrell's movies (don't hate!), I just love this Christmas movie. He played a very funny elf that, as a human boy, gets carried away mistakenly by Santa in his sleigh. As he grows up with the other elves, he notices he does not belong with them. So he leaves the North Pole and heads for the Big Apple. Follow him on his journey through his silly and hilarious journey through New York.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
There are two versions of this movie, a 1947 and a 1994 version. I have (in all honesty) never watched the 1947 version, but dearly love the 1994 version. I have always loved this movie - it makes you believe in Santa all over again! A young nine-year-old Susan Walker grew up never believing in Santa. But once she meets the Macy's department store Santa, who claims to be the real thing, she tests him by asking him for three things she wants most for Christmas: a house, a brother and a dad.
Christmas With the Kranks
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis were wonderful together in this movie! Another true classic for me during this time of year. When Luther (Tim Allen) and Norah (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to "skip" Christmas this year with their daughter gone to Peru, they soon find themselves throwing away their plans when their daughter suddenly decides to come home for Christmas after all.
The Family Stone
This is a nice comedy/drama movie that you can watch with your girlfriends or your significant other. Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Meredith who is an uptight business woman, meets her boyfriend's family during Christmastime. But she soon realizes that no one from his fun, rebellious family really like her. When Sybil (Diane Keaton) discovers that Everett (Dermot Mulroney) wants to propose to Meredith, she is appalled at the thought of Everett giving Meredith their family's heirloom wedding ring. However, things turn to what seems for the better by the end of the movie.
The Santa Clause
This is one of my favourite Disney Christmas movies. I liked the sequels, but the first one is my favourite! When Scott (Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa by startling him and making him fall from the rooftop, Scott takes over as Santa due to some legal technicality known as the "Santa clause". As the year passes, Scott finds himself gaining weight, growing a white beard, and having trucks deliver sacks full of letters to Santa.
Home Alone
While there are 5 (I believe) sequels, I still love the first one as it is a classic. I haven't even watched the last 3, but plan to watch them this year. After Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is left home alone, he thinks his wish that he made the day before of not having a family came true. He later discovers that he was mistakenly left by his family who is en route to France for a holiday vacation. He soon learns to fend for himself when thieves try to rob his house.

What are your favourite holiday movies?

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