It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least for watching movies. I’ve been accused in the past of being a bit of Grinch about Christmas. I love the holiday itself, but as an introvert staring at a December calendar where every free minute is booked with holiday parties and Christmas to-dos, I want to cry a little. And then take a nap until it’s all over. That’s where Christmas movies come in.
Because Christmas movies are a different story. Staying home in your pajamas watching a movie is something this introvert is prepared to celebrate every December.
And there are quite a few good ones to choose from. My husband and I have a list of holiday movies we cycle through every year. Some are my picks and some are his. Some are so awesome we both love them. We start in shortly after Thanksgiving and keep at it until New Years. At which point we have until midnight or so to make sure we’ve seen them all.
Here is the Ultimate Family Christmas Movie Must Watch List. If you haven’t seen all of these, well, give yourself the gift of Christmas movie viewing and check them out!
Please note, the appropriate viewing age for these movies varies widely but they are mostly meant for school-aged kids or older. Preview or at least do some research on each title to make sure you don’t show your kids something too mature for their age.
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7 Must-See Christmas Movies to Watch this Year!
The truth is Elf is a movie worth watching at any time of year. It’s hilarious. And I admire a comedy that manages to be this funny without resorting to gross-out humor. Plus the end is downright heartwarming. Just what you want in a Christmas movie. This movie makes me smile and as Buddy the Elf says, smiling is my favorite.
Yes, really. I watch this movie every single year. Just ask my husband who suffers through it with me. He didn’t grow up a Brady fan, so isn’t always feeling the Christmas joy on this one. I started watching this annually beginning sometime in the mid-nineties. My sister and I taped it off of television and enjoyed repeated viewings complete with old commercials we memorized right along with the movie. It was especially poignant after the recent death of Florence Henderson. But Brady Christmas lives on. All of them except Cindy. They hired a different actress to play her.
Would any holiday season be complete without the Griswolds? Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Cousin Eddie and Snot. So join me in my annual Christmas Vacation viewing and have The Hap Hap Happiest Christmas ever!
If you ever hear me say I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, you can rest assured I am talking about the movie. I don’t care for snow. At Christmas or any other time of year. Yes, I am one of those. But the movie White Christmas, I like. It started out as my husband’s Christmas movie pick. It wasn’t one I had watched very much. But over the years it has definitely grown on me. It’s a great movie and you have to love Danny Kaye. My only complaint is the song getting stuck in my head every time I watch this. Not White Christmas, it’s the song Sisters I end up humming for weeks. Other than that, perfect holiday movie choice.
Love this one! I saw this movie in theaters when I was in college and I’ve watched it every year since. I laugh, I cry, I cheer. Or I would if I were alone. This movie gives me all the holiday feelings. Plus it’s the only Christmas movie to feature the song Jump For My Love. How can you not love that?
There is a reason they run this movie for 24 straight hours on Christmas Eve. Every minute of it is hilarious. You can start watching at any point in the movie and be totally engrossed and laughing within minutes. It’s a lot of fun. I mean, it’s no Red Ryder BB Gun. But still fun.
Yep, Rent. If you’re feeling depressed about the holidays, this is the movie for you. This musical sobfest is primarily set during the holidays. And I like to have an annual viewing. I’m the first to acknowledge this one is not the right choice for everyone. And definitely only appropriate for teens or older. But it’s my list. And I only watch it once every 525,600 minutes.
There are of course a few other holiday movies I love. There isn’t always time for these, but we try to fit them in. Honorable mention goes to, in no particular order, Die Hard, Home Alone, and The Santa Claus.
If you take nothing else away from this list, how about the fact that they haven’t made a decent Christmas movie in at least a decade? Unless I am missing one! If so, add it in the comments! Or any other favorite holiday films. You can help me add to my list.
Happy holiday movie viewing!
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