One of my favourite holiday traditions has to be sitting in front of the fireplace, hot chocolate in hand (topped with a gazillion marshmallows, obvi) and a stack of Christmas movies to watch. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen the flicks, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about this activity that it has become a must-do every holiday season. While I don't claim to have seen all the classics (I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't even watched The Polar Express, or Miracle on 34th Street), I thought I would put together a little list of my favourite motion pictures to watch!
Love Actually- Love is all around. Christmas is all around. It's just so good.
The Christmas Story- The funniest Christmas movie, ever. It literally gets me every time; the leg lamp, the bunny costume, "you'll poke your eye out, kid"! Must watch, if you haven't already.
The Holiday- I am a sucker for any movie that takes me abroad, and Iris' (Kate Winslet) little English cabin steals my heart every time. Since this movie combines Jude Law's gorgeousness and Jack Black's quirkiness, it makes my list.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- Again, soooo funny! I'm cracking up just thinking about the shenanigans that surround Clark and Eddie.
Frosty the Snowman- I know it's from 1969 but come on! Classic.
The Grinch- Do you prefer the Jim Carey version or the classic cartoon? Maybe I keep watching the Jim Carey version because we saw the Whoville set on a family trip to L.A. (no, not during filming, just a Universal Studios Tour), but regardless it's a Christmas classic.
The Santa Clause- The first one, and the first one only.
Home Alone- I think this series (well no 1 and 2, specifically) goes on everyone's list. Number 1 is a classic, and number 2 takes place in New York City, and NYC during the holidays is dreamier than Jude Law in The Holiday. I'll leave you with this one: Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!
Honourable mentions include Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jingle All the Way (the things Arnold does for that Turbo Man!).
Thought I would throw in the movies I refuse to watch. Firstly, Bad Santa. Lorelai, what were you thinking? Also, Jack Frost. I am never able to get past the first fifteen minutes.
Did I miss any notables? What are your favourite holiday movies?