I’ve already spoken a little about my reading traditions for the Christmas season, but movie-watching is a huge part of my Christmas. It’s the perfect excuse to get the family together and drink hot chocolate, relax under a big blanket, and think about what’s really important—and watch a couple of clueless robbers get virtually killed by an eight-year-old. These are my favorite Christmas movies:
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
This movie made me cry when I first saw it, and it still pulls at my heartstrings every time. Unsurprisingly, we watch this movie every year because it is a quintessential Christmas movie that truly places selflessness, generosity, kindness, and strong morals at the forefront of the season, and all year round. George Bailey constantly puts others’ happiness and well-being before his own, and his life doesn’t turn out the way he wanted it to—but even though he’s down on his luck, his good deeds in the past have saved him. I love that last quote: “No man is a failure who has friends.”
2. While You Were Sleeping
While You Were Sleeping is one of those 90s movies I watched all the time as a kid, and so nostalgia plays a huge factor in my love for it, but this one stands the test of time. It’s a hysterical, heartwarming rom-com about a woman with no family who accidentally becomes a part of someone else’s family when she saves a stranger from getting run over by a train. Lucy is completely alone in life, but she finds love and family at the end, which is always what Christmas has been about.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Yep, my all-time, number one, favorite Christmas movie ever is The Muppet Christmas Carol, with two Marleys, a frog Bob Cratchit, Michael Caine as the miser Scrooge, and lines like, “No crust of bread for those in need/No cheeses for us meeses.” Oh, and Charles Dickens is Gonzo. This movie is by far the funniest version of A Christmas Carol ever, and was the first introduction I had to A Christmas Carol. Truly, I was about 11 years old before I realized that in the original, there was only one Marley. And Bean Bunny as a beggar boy continues to be my favorite thing ever:
I also love: The Santa Clause, Disney’s A Christmas Carol (the scary animated one starring Jim Carrey, which is eerily similar to the book), Home Alone 1 and 2 (of course), Love Actually, White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. But those three above truly epitomize the season for me, and they make me feel the most festive, loving, and Christmassy.
What movies do you HAVE to watch this time of year? Let me know!