There are a lot of great things that happen at Christmas time, but one tradition that never fails is kicking back and watching your favourite holiday films. From classics to cheesy made-for-TV flicks, these movies can bring your right in the spirt of the season. Here are four of my favourite Christmas movies.
1. Charlie Brown Christmas
Out of all of the Christmas movies I watch each year, I'd have to say this one is my favourite. This 1965 classic runs every year, and I have fond memories of curling up on the couch and watching it with my parents. I think what's so great about this story is that although it touches on a lot of the materialistic values of Christmas and the wants and needs of gifts, it's the ending when Linus talks about the true meaning of Christmas, when it all goes quiet and he shares the story of when Jesus was born. Although this movie came out over 40 years ago, it still rings true to this day. Plus Snoopy winning the house decorating contest, I mean c'mon. That's the best.
2. Home Alone
Nothing seemed cooler to me growing up than seeing a kid be home by himself. No rules, no parents. Eat and do whatever you want. Basically the dream. Home Alone was one of those movies that I watched, but didn't have a huge attachment to right away, but when I got older, I developed a new appreciation for it. I think what definitely did it for me was the fact that it was written and directed by one of my all time favs, John Hughes. Between Hughes' writing and Macaulay Culkin's acting, there's something about the two when they come together that make it such a favourite for me. Plus the fact that this 8-year-old kid took on two grown men who were wanted by police is pretty bad ass too.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This could be a two parter because I love both the original and the live-action remake just about as equally. Admittedly I have fonder memories of the cartoon version, and I think that has to do with my parents having watched it growing up and then sharing that with me. That said the live-action was a great alternative to watch, and Jim Carey is so good in it. The Grinch is just another classic that I grew up with that carries a bit of an emotional value.
4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
You're probably already humming the song, and if not, then I got you doing it now. Another cartoon classic that I just can't get enough of. Rudolph is a great story about being a misfit, and even though some people may think there are weird things about you, you can still be yourself and let your talents shine on; always a relatable feeling. Plus I adore the friendship between Rudolph and Hermey. The misfits that stick together stay together, am I right?
What are some of your favourite holiday movies? Leave a comment below!