I’m not really that big on Christmas movies, if I’m being honest. In fact, just last week, my friend was making fun of me for claiming that The Jacket was probably my favorite holiday movie. I know, I know. It has nothing to do with the holidays, BUT it does have snow in it and, apparently, that’s good enough for my brain haha. Maybe it’s because we never get snow here in California; who knows? Anyway, because my friend Aaron is seriously Christmas crazed (and guilt-tripped me all weekend long while baking holiday cookies), I thought I would share a few holiday movies I actually do enjoy. For those of you who would rather not, there’s also my list of non-holiday themed movies I like watching this time of year, too!
My Favorite Christmas Movies
Harry Potter // It might seem weird to mention Harry Potter as a Christmas film, but seriously, who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at Hogwarts? I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but hey, who knows? Last night, my boyfriend was showing me something in world of warcraft and I immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was a Harry Potter reference – why, you ask? No idea. I just assume all things relate back to Harry Potter, I guess. Anyway, HP reminds me of the holidays because I was young when I began reading the series and when the subsequent films were released so it’s nostalgic for me.
The Santa Clause // This was one of the few films I was obsessed with watching around the holidays when I was younger. I just loved the idea of all the high tech gadgets (not so much anymore) in the film. Also, Tim Allen was a big actor back then and it was a new take on Christmas. If you’re unfamiliar, the story centers on a workaholic father who is obsessed with selling tons of Christmas toys, but spends very little time with his own kid. Santa falls off his roof and dies and he then starts becoming the new Santa replacement.
Home Alone // This film reminds me a lot of Christmases when I was very young. It specifically reminds me of spending Christmas with my older brother. I don’t watch this one that much anymore because, to be frank, the abandonment issues are a little too close to home, but the film is great and has awesome music. The basic story is a little boy is left behind while his family goes on a trip for the holidays. He proceeds to fend off the bad guys and party, obviously.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas // The Grinch was one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books growing up and I love the cartoon as well. The music is a big part of it and I love old animations from that time. Basically, the Grinch is a creature who hates Christmas (and anything joyful it seems) so he attempts to “steal” Christmas from the Who’s in Whoville by taking away all the presents, lights, etc.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol // This is another holiday film I loved when I was incredibly young. It’s still my favorite version of Christmas Carol. If you’re unfamiliar with A Christmas Carol, it was originally a novel by Charles Dickens (the book is incredibly dark and includes murder FYI) and includes a main character Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas because he’s alone. He’s a jerk, greedy, etc. On Christmas Eve he’s visited by 3 ghosts : ghost of Christmas past, present and future. He’s warned by each to change his ways or else. This Disney version is incredibly tame, but it’s fun anyway 🙂 If you want something a little more adult, check out the A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey.
Love Actually // This cheesy early 2000’s chick flick features all my favorite British actors, including Rick from The Walking Dead pre-fame! It’s basically one of those films with tons of characters going through different things who are all connected in some way or another and what they’re going through or where they end up during the holidays. I really love that it’s not all happy and there’s a lot of humor in spite of it all. It’s a fun watch, in my opinion! Also, it’s on Netflix!
Christmas Classics // These are those old claymation films narrated by Burl Ives. They remind me a lot of growing up with my parents who watched them every single year. They were released in the 60’s, I believe, and they tell all the tales of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, etc.
Polar Express // This last one is a film, but I prefer the book because that’s what was out when I was a kid. At the time, the gorgeously illustrated book came with an audio cassette tape (I’m old) which you could listen to alongside the book. I just really enjoyed falling asleep listening to it when I was 5 or so. It made me think there might be snow in California, though there never was LOL.
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