One of the best ways for me to get into that Christmassy feeling is to watch Holiday movies. I have a collection that I keep stocked on my DVD shelf that I begin watching from December 1 to 25. We usually have a movie playing in the background while we're decorating the Christmas tree, too. My kids need some kind of distraction. They love to help with the decorations, but with 4 eager helpers, things get a little carried away at times!
Anytime I need a laugh or maybe a good-feeling kind of cry, I watch these movies to get into the spirit of the Season. From Clark Griswald's attempt to have the hap-hap-happiest family Christmas to Ebenezer Scrooge learning about the true meaning of Christmas, there's practically a holiday movie for everyone!
Also, there are the classics that are a must-see every year and my kids like to keep the tradition of watching Holiday movies going. We've already watched a few last weekend! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye crooning Christmas carols to little Suzy believing in Santa Claus, these are wonderful feel-good movies that I recommend everyone watch at least once a year!
- White Christmas (1954)
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
- A Christmas Carol (1999)
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
- Elf (2003)
- Scrooged (1988)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)
- Die Hard (1988)
- The Polar Express (2004)
- Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version) (1966)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
- Frosty the Snowman (1969)
- Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
- Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
"Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." — Zuzu Bailey
Ralphie: "No! No! I want an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!"
Santa Claus: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
"It's Christmas Eve! It's... it's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we... we... we smile a little easier, we... w-w-we... we... we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be!" — Frank Cross
"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"— Buddy
And for those special people who include it in their holiday movie watching experience as I do, yes, I did include Die Hard on this list, too!
What are your favorite Holiday movies?
I'd love to know! I'm always looking to add more
favorites to my list.
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