We have a rule in our house: no Christmas movies until December. For my wife, this is easy but for me, I could throw on one of my favorite Christmas movies any time during the year.
We have our favorites that we watch every year leading up to Christmas and then we have some that we watch every other or few years depending on how fresh they are in our mind. Last, there are the movies I watch by myself because my wife doesn’t care for them (totally fine, not complaining).
As I mentioned in my previous post about traditions, Christmas movies have become a staple for me during the season so I’m looking forward to these films both as entertainment but also as a means for evoking memories. Rather than listing all the movies on “watch list”, I just want to call out a few that I always recommend and love.
The Santa Clause
I grew up watching this one (like many others). I was ten years old in 1994 and Home Improvement was always on in our house so I was familiar with Tim Allen and his brand of humor. To this day, I can always watch the sitcom. The Santa Clause is solid both in humor and the importance of faith, believing in what cannot always be seen.
Home Alone 1 and 2
More of what I grew up watching. Kevin McCalister was quite the brat and I remember thinking every time I watched the movie that if I said or did the things he did, I would be grounded for life. Other than the ingenuity of his traps to take down the witless house burglars in both films, it focuses heavily on the importance of family.
Scrooged and The Muppet Christmas Carol
It’s unlikely you’re not familiar with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s a classic and has many films based and influenced by it throughout cinema history. I put these two together because one is for kids and one is for adults. We were Muppet fans growing up and I maintain there’s solid humor in any Muppet’s production. And how can you go wrong with Bill Murray as “Scrooge”? Kindness and compassion towards others pokes you in the feels for these.
For me, there is no better quotable movie than National Lampoon’s holiday treat. This is also the reason why many people love the movie but are okay if they don’t watch it every year. Not me. I want to watch this movie at least three times during the holidays. Sure there’s a message in this one too but it’s just so dang funny that I’d watch it even if there was no inspiring lesson by the end.
This is the movie my wife and I adore every Christmas. Ever since I introduced it to her during our dating years, it became a staple. It’s essential to our viewing pleasure because it’s pretty much a perfect Christmas movie that focuses on several different people and their struggles during the holiday season. It hits the spectrum of holiday cheer and will forever be a part of our Christmases (the kids won’t be allowed to watch it until they’re 18 though because it is rated R).
Honorable Mentions: Elf, The Family Stone, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Family Man, Serendipity
Call to Action: Share with me! What Christmas movies are staples for you?