Christmas brings forward all sorts of feelings; I think we can all agree on that. While, technically, it is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it can be quite stressful.
We all try to be holly jolly, but let’s be real…adulting is hard and sometimes we just can’t.
To ease that “when did Christmas become not fun?” feeling, I have compiled a list of twelve movies to watch when you want to remember the magic of Christmas.
Elf is one of the best, more modern Christmas movies that will make you remember why you loved Christmas as a child (assuming you did, as I did). It embodies all the happiness that should accompany this time of year: music, family, friends, and laughter.
The Santa Clause
In my opinion, the first and second movies of this series are basically perfect. First of all, Tim Allen. The magic of Santa, Christmas, and the North Pole make this movie truly fantastic, but it is Scott’s relationship with his son Charlie that makes it stand out above the rest.
The Original Christmas Classics
Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa in their original claymation form. Classics. Does anyone even need a reason to watch these movies?
It’s a Wonderful Life
Everyone has seen this movie, right? If not, please buy it today. This lovely film teaches us the value of every single person’s life. The message is important all the time, but especially at Christmas.
I think sometimes people forget how good this movie is. It is one of my sister’s favorites, and it should be a go-to when you want to watch something other than the obvious choices. If a little girl finding and befriending a reindeer won’t make you believe again, I don’t know what will.
A Christmas Story
Oh, Ralphie and that damned BB gun. This is possibly one of the most memorable and quotable Christmas comedies of all time. Through all the struggles, laughs, and life lessons, Ralphie learns that the real meaning of Christmas lies in his family. Well, that and his Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.
The Polar Express
If this movie were an emoji, it would be the one with tears constantly streaming down its face, and not the laughing one. This beautifully animated movie has message after beautiful message for all ages. Also, I believe.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
We’re talking the original, animated Grinch here, not the creepy one. I remember watching this movie two or three times with my dad every Christmas as a child. When the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes, your heart will grow three sizes.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Everyone can identify with the Griswolds at some point, whether we admit it or not. This insane family gathering packs in the laughs and Christmas cheer. It’s one of the hap-hap-happiest standbys for a reason.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
We’re going with a throwback here.I recently watched this as an adult and not a teenybopper crushing hard on Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I realized that Jake is kind of an a-hole and I don’t blame Jessica Biel for turning him down. As Jake learns the true meaning of Christmas (hint: not a Porsche), you will remember what you loved about Christmas and the ‘90’s.
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in this amazing movie musical from Irving Berlin. Set your worries aside and watch two dreamy leads, two love triangles, and a slew of musical numbers. It will make you wonder why you were even dreading Christmas in the first place!
This is one of the greatest movies ever created. It is also my favorite movie of all time, ever. I watch it twenty times a year, minimum. The music, the dancing… Ah… To me, White Christmas is the ultimate Christmas movie. It will make you laugh, make you cry, and truly make you feel like Christmas has arrived.
So there you have it: my list of Christmas movies to help you embrace the Christmas season. Watch none of them, watch one of them, or watch all of them… Whatever you do, please enjoy this holiday season. Remember to make this season, and every season, your season of joy, love, and giving.
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