It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! At least, that’s what I said back in October when holiday movies started pouring out on every single television channel. These much-loved movies are a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. While some may find this irritating, for many families, these movies are an important tradition. When you have young kids, it is exciting to choose which of these movies to watch while enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa and a few Christmas cookies. If you are looking to indulge in a holiday movie binge, here are the best flicks to watch on a frosty winter day.
My all-time favourite Christmas movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. It is an absolute classic (filmed in 1946) and encapsulates all the important themes of family, giving, and the importance of community. It has a darker twist to it as well, which I appreciate because it isn’t cheesy like so many Christmas movies. “The Holiday Inn” is another well-loved movie from 1942 and is a great choice for Christmas music lovers. It is replete with dancing and singing, and of course has a classic romantic tale of love and betrayal to boot. ‘The Christmas Carol’ (1951 version) is a blast from the past and is one of the greatest versions of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Alastair Sim’s laugh at the end of the film will make you smile for at least the next 24 hours.
For the kids
There are so many amazing kids’ Christmas films to binge on and of course, it all begins with “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” (the original of course made in 1966). From the music score to the animation, this movie is one of the best holiday films ever made. The Grinch is such an ugly creature, but the cuteness of Cindy Lou Who overrides the Christmas grouch with a heart three sizes too small. “Polar Express” is a newer classic, but seeing Tom Hanks in animation is well worth it. It is a very creative film, with original music and a holiday message to never stop believing! And of course, there is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, a mix between a classic and a must-have kid’s film. There is something instantly soothing about the voice of Rudolph and the sound his red nose makes when it lights up.
A little more bad-ass
If you want to watch a more rebellious Christmas film with friends or your hubby, then “Die Hard” is the way to go. It is a classic action flick conveniently set at Christmas and provides a hilarious twist to the typical holiday themes of sharing and caring. It is a must-watch, kudos to the 80’s for cheesy movies. “Edward Scissorhands” is also a contender for a more avant-garde holiday movie because it is set in the winter season. One of my favourite movie scenes of all time is when Winona Rider spins in circles as Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) uses his hands to make a beautiful creation.
Can’t forget the chick flicks!
Finally, the romantic comedies cannot be forgotten! “The Holiday” is a great Christmas film that defines love across borders and it is easy on the mind with a great cast. “Four Christmases” is another fun, newer movie for women everywhere. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughan play a hilarious couple that are forced to go to their families’ Christmas get togethers. Finally, the best chick-flick for the holidays is definitely “Love Actually”. It is one of my all-time favourite Christmas comedies and it will have you laughing, crying, and contemplating life all in a couple of hours.
Whether it be a classic film, a funny chick-flick, a cute kid’s movie or an action movie, enjoy your Christmas holidays by being lazy and watching fun movies (it will be well-worth it). I for one cannot wait to relax, enjoy the holidays and spend time with my family and the movie channel.
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