Our Family Favorite Holiday Movies

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to settle down on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and steaming mugs of hot cocoa as we enjoy some holiday movies.

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have made this a lot easier but we also own many of our preferred title on DVD.

For Day 9 of the 12 Days of Blogmas Challenge, I’m sharing some of our family’s favorite holiday movies.

1. Miracle on 34th Street – When I think of this film, I think of the original 1947 version. Natalie Wood as the little girl who starts out not believing in Santa Claus, that is until her mother (played by Maureen O’Hara) hires Kris Kringle as the Macy’s Santa. It’s a sweet little movie, suitable for the whole family.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life – What Christmas movie binge watch is complete without Jimmy Stewart finding out what life would have been like if he had never been born. Not very nice at all.

3. Christmas Vacation – This holiday version of the National Lampoon Vacation movies is for the older kids and adults in the family. There are enough slapstick funny moments to keep them laughing throughout.

4. Scrooged – This is another of the older kids and adults holiday movies. A modern version of A Christmas Carol, Bill Murray’s character has a darkness about him but, in the end, he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Not everyone’s taste but others just love it.

5. A Christmas Story – This movie has become a classic for family viewing. While it does have some language, there are lessons to be learned. As our grandson points out, it’s a movie about what Christmas was like “back in the day.”

6. Home Alone – Another holiday movie designed to make you laugh, Home Alone is a bit far-fetched in its premise that a family would forget a child until they are on an airplane flying to Paris. The hilarity comes in the form of slapstick interactions between Kevin (the child left alone) and two hapless burglars who are trying to break into the family home. 

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas – This is one movie our eldest daughter does not like, she can’t really explain why she just doesn’t. On the other hand, our grandson loves it and can sing along to all of the lines. It is very Tim Burton with amazing music and art but some scariness.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – I’m a bit old-school and still enjoy the original animated version of this Dr. Seuss classic but the live-action version from 2000 is fun too (although it does have its scarier moments) and shares the same message, that Christmas can’t be bought. I would stick to the original for the younger kids in the family and absolutely read the book with them as well.

9. Christmas with the Cranks – Our whole family laughs at this film. Just the thought of canceling Christmas and heading off to a sunny beach instead is a bizarre concept in our house (even when we go away over the holidays we have a tree and decorations in our hotel room!) Again, this is one of those movies where people come together with the Christmas spirit to celebrate in the end.

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