Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? It’s THAT time of year once again. And, instead of wrapping presents (and I still have plenty to wrap), we should definitely be preparing a Christmas movie marathon (priorities, right?).
Just kidding. We already did all the prep for you, so you can properly enjoy Christmas. Here is a oh, so very generic list of Xmas movies.
Btw, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, folks!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
“An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed” (that’s the IMDb description for you). One of the most beloved Christmas classics, for good reason. This movie is a endearing holiday tale, perfect to watch with the entire family gathered around the TV set. It’s one of my favorite movies and I’ve watched it plenty of times, maybe one too many (who are we kidding, that’s just not possible).
Home Alone (1990)
Christmas is far from being the proper version of itself without Macaulay Culkin incessantly beating up a couple of middle-aged excuses for villains. Give in to the temptation. Since we’re rambling about Home Alone, have you seen :DRYVRS Ep. 1 “Just Me In The House By Myself” starring Macaulay Culkin? Do. Hilarious.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
I’m gonna be honest here. Personally, this is far from being one of my favorites. But, we’re adding it for tradition’s sake. I think Jim Carrey scared me for life on this one. Don’t show How the Grinch Stole Christmas to your kids. It’s a nightmare. Honestly, I have no good memories of this movie (maybe I should watch it again).
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
“When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing” (that’s IMDb for you, once again). We’re actually sporting the real thing from 1947, not the 1994 version, because we’re hipsters at heart, yes.
The Polar Express (2004)
If you found Tom Hanks has the perfect reassuring and warm voice for Christmas, you must hop on The Polar Express. Besides, Robert Zemeckis is like everyone’s favorite person. Right?
Why Gremlins? Who doesn’t love Gremlins? It’s an all-around family favorite. I rest my case.
Star Wars Episodes IV, V & VI (1977, 1980, 1983)
I must admit that no Christmas around this house is complete without a couple nerdgasm sessions. They’re sponsored by public TV channels that insist on this situation year after year, or at least when I was younger they did, and I just turned it into a habit (a good one, I’m going with that version). They usually come (that’s not a pun) in two forms: Star Wars or…
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
…LOTR. I have clear memories of staying up well past 2am around Christmas/New Year time to watch Luke beating up his own father or witness Frodo’s efforts to dump a piece of jewelry into a vulcano. And they are very fond memories indeed. That’s why I still watch one of this two every year. And this year is about Star Wars, for obvious reasons.
Do you have a Christmas favorite that didn’t make it on this list? Let us know!