There are so many components to having a most merry holiday season, from peppermint mochas and decorating the tree to holiday baking and singing along to classic Christmas carols – not to mention engaging in at least one snowball fight. Among our favorite festive traditions, there’s one that never fails to get us into the holiday spirit: watching the most beloved holiday movies! Whether you sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and a heap of candy canes to watch them all in one go, or spread them out over movie nights for the next couple weeks, we suggest you make watching these 5 holiday movies an item on your festive to-do list.
1. Elf (2003): Buddy (a.k.a. the comedy genius Will Ferrell) ventures from the North Pole to New York City, spreading the merriest of holiday cheer and turning skeptics into believers. For the best of Christmas laughs, just watch Buddy getting used to life outside of Santa’s realm, embark on many silly exploits, and attempt to woo a department store elf.
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): There was once a red-nosed reindeer who couldn’t play in any of the reindeer games…sound familiar? Rudolph and his misfit elf pal Hermey set out to help the misfit toys, and the rest is the stuff of history. Well, Christmas history. Note: Our Marketing Coordinator (whose smitten with the Claymation classics!) admits to still being a little scared by the Abominable Snowman...
3. The Santa Clause (1994): Tim Allen walks a mile in Santa's shoes (and the rest of his red ensemble!) in this film perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. After an accident involving the real Santa Clause, Allen finds himself at the North Pole face to face with the head elf and must carry out all of Santa's duties. Needless to say, his son Charlie is overwhelmed with joy at his father's new career!
4. Home Alone (1990): Eight year old Kevin McCallister gets left behind as his family is in a rush to leave the house for a holiday vacation. At first it’s all just childish fun, until he finds himself have to protect the family home against two hilariously inept burglars. Who can forget loving this movie as a child?
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Nine year old skeptic Susan doesn’t believe that Kris Kringle, the newly minted Macy’s Santa, is who he says he is. Sure there’s a pretty cute modern re-make, but we’ll always be suckers for a classic that reminds us to have faith in Santa Claus.
Happy watching! If you’re looking for other ways to get into the swing of the bright and merry season, why not shake up one of our 8 favorite holiday cocktails, bake a sweet treat from our holiday cookbook, or find the perfect DIY project to make as a heartfelt gift or cheerful decoration!