Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, I am indulging, guilt free in everything that is Christmas! One of my favorite activities leading up to Christmas and the day of, is of course watching all of the heartwarming flicks that have been made over the years. Even though I give all a fair chance, there are a few that have become my absolute favorites. I have to admit, some I can probably recite, but that doesn’t stop me from watching them every single year. Below is my selection.
Jingle All The Way, 1996
If you want to experience the “madness” that is Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, then this is just the right movie for you. Also, if you want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger out of his usual character of playing a tough guy, then this is just the movie to do that. The plot is simple, the cast is great, hilarity ensues and the ending is heartwarming. All in all a great Christmas movie to curl up on the couch to.
Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York, 1992
No need to introduce! Although, nothing beats the first, HA2 is definitely a great sequel. I like to watch it because this one has a great NYC Christmas spirit. From the notorious Plaza Hotel, to the spooky Central Park at night, Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and Radio City Music Hall, this movie covers all of the NYC Christmas spots, and let’s get real – Duncan’s Toy Chest is really based on FAO Schwarz. I always wondered why they did not film it in the actual store. Either way, this movie is predictable to say the least, but nevertheless it is a heartwarming comedy that will not only make you chuckle, but will pull at your little emotional strings as well.
Trading Places, 1983
A modern rendition of Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”, this story takes place around Christmas time and even though it is not precisely about Christmas, you feel the spirit all the same. I mean seriously, who can pass up a classic 80’s Eddie Murphy? His prime time, and rightfully so. I will choose an old “Eddie” movie, over these new, modern day “comedies” any time.
The Santa Clause, 1994
Expect everything that you would from a movie whose main star is Tim Allen. Hilarious, heartwarming, silly and just a good holiday movie that is worth a mention. I mean, what would you do if you inadvertently caused Santa Claus to fall of off your roof? It is only right that you would try and fill in for the big guy.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000
One of Jim Carrey’s masterpieces, really. This movie is all about Christmas, duh. But it is absolutely mesmerizing, hilarious, cute and you can’t help but fall in love with the Grinch. Fuzzy, green and super cute! Amazing performance by Carrey, incredible set design, stunning costumes and just a magical movie over all.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989
A couple of things I love about this one. Firstly, totally funny, comedy “slam dunk”. Secondly, 80’s movie – another slam dunk. Thirdly, Chevy Chase – slam dunk! National Lampoon’s series – um yeah, can’t get any better than that. This movie is jam packed with all of the hilarity that comes with the holiday season. From the visiting family, to decoration mishaps, you can’t deny that this one rings true to the real holiday experience.
A Will Farrell classic and an absolute must during the holidays. Such a great flick, amazing spirit and message and an outstanding performance by Ferrell. Add the fact that it was directed by Jon Favreau and you know that this movie will leave you in stitches. Every time I watch this movie, it never fails to crack me up, no matter how many times I have seen it. So many great moments, so many awesome lines. Just an outstanding holiday movie.
Home Alone, 1990
Believe it or not, but this was the first movie that I have ever seen in a movie theater when we first came to America. So, yeah, I have a bit of sentimental attachment to it. Still, this is not why it is one of the cult classics! Macauley Culkin’s best performance to this day, and a movie that propelled him into the Hollywood stardom. Written by John Hughes, the storyline is totally unique, the dialogue is funny, and with such names as John Candy, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and Catherine O’Hara attached to it, there is no way that it can be bad. I don’t think I know anyone who has never seen this one and rightfully so! I watch it every single Christmas and it never gets old.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
A true classic! As “corny” as it might be these days, I love it because it is sincere, humble and makes us recognize what Christmas is all about. And who can forget about the music? It has become a classic in its own right! An adorable, goodnatured, good spirited cartoon that is undeniably one of everyone’s favorites.
The Christmas Story, 1983
YES! You cannot and must not spend your Christmas Day, without giving this flick a “go”! I mean for heaven’s sake, it is on repeat on TBS every single year without fail! How far would you go to get your favorite toy for Christmas?
What are your favorite Christmas flicks? Did I miss anything?