The Christmas season is finally here and another year is coming to an end. The stores are decorated, Christmas music is playing on the radio and people are out finding the perfect gifts for their loved ones. When all is said and done and the weekend has arrived what is the best way to spend one’s time?
Just like the music, Christmas movies are a dime a dozen from classics to new releases every year. Luckily, December has 31 days to fill with cheesy, holiday filled movies. Below I give you in no particular order, 5 of my favorite Christmas movies in case you having a hard time making a decision. Make sure to light the fireplace, pour some hot chocolate, break out the fuzzy blankets and gather your family to get the full Christmas movie experience.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- If you like funny you know what to expect when you see National Lampoon as part of the movie title. If you have not seen this movie you are missing out on a good time. Clark Griswold and his family are just like any normal family trying to celebrate the holiday with plenty of bumps along the way like crazy family members, tree shopping, burned turkey, Christmas bonuses and kidnappings. This movie is close to my heart because every year my family would sit down, watch this together and laugh and laugh (although I probably shouldn’t have started watching it so young considering some of the jokes). As an adult, I continue the tradition and try to watch it every year whether I am alone or with family and friends. If you need a good laugh after a long day of dealing with the holiday rush, this is your movie. Where’s the Tylenol?!
- Looking for something funny to watch that your kids can join in on? Elf is the perfect choice, it is fun for the whole family. Buddy the Elf goes on a journey to New York City to discover who he really is and in the end saves Christmas. The movie is filled with jokes that you will carry with you throughout the holiday season. In the 15 years since it was released Elf has become a Christmas classic and if you haven’t seen it yet it is sure to become a favorite in your household as well.
- You look around at your surroundings this time of year and you can kind of lose sight of what is truly important. All the craziness of shopping for gifts, office parties and family dinners are only part of the fun. Love Actually is not only one of my favorite Christmas movies but also one of my favorites overall. The movies focuses on the best gift you can give anyone: love. Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all. You will laugh, you will cry and you will relate to at least one of the characters’ stories. It is a feel good adult movie that reminds us all of us that love actually is all around. And if you don’t get choked up at this Andrew Lincoln scene shown below are you really human?
It’s a Wonderful Life
- I couldn’t write about Christmas movies and not include an all-time classic like It’s a Wonderful Life. I will admit I didn’t see this movie until after I had played one of the Bailey children in the theatrical version at my high school, but it has been my favorite old Christmas movie ever since. An angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman, George Bailey, by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. It is a great movie to include in your family night.
Kailee Leonard knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Follow her on Instagram @kaileeinmae. Cover image Metro Creative Connection