Every year around this time, there’s nothing better than relaxing by the fireplace, drinking some hot chocolate with marshmallows and watching a classic Christmas movie. The question is: with so many movies about Christmas, which one should you watch? If you can’t decide, I’m sure that ABC Family plays a majority of the good ones. If you don’t know any Christmas movies, then I feel bad for you. I personally have a lot of favorite movies to watch during Christmas season, but I’ve broken it down to my top 5 movies that I enjoy watching time in and time out. Did one of your favorite Christmas movies make my list? Read on and find out (the top 5 is in no particular order).
- Jingle all the Way (1996)
Growing up in the 90’s was awesome when it comes to movies. One of the biggest actors at the time was Arnold Schwarzenegger, so why not put him in a Christmas movie? That’s exactly what happened in Jingle all the Way. This movie is about a father (Arnold) who is out on the hunt for a Turbo Man action figure just days before Christmas. When he realizes that all the stores are sold out, he does everything and anything to get that toy. Is he successful? You’ll have to watch to find out! Other famous actors that are in this movie are Sinbad and the late great Phil Hartman, so you already know this movie is full of laughs. Hasta la Christmas, baby.
- Elf (2003)
You can’t talk Christmas movies without including one of the funniest, most heartwarming Christmas films I’ve seen in my lifetime. Elf stars Will Farrell, who plays a man that was raised as an elf in the North Pole. In order to search for his true identity, Buddy (Farrell) ventures off to New York City to find his birth father (James Caan). At the same time that Buddy is discovering the big city, he is also spreading a message about the importance of celebrating Christmas and being in good spirits come the holiday season. This is a must see if you want to laugh, smile, or watch Will Farrell eat spaghetti with maple syrup.
- The Santa Clause (1994)
If Santa dies before Christmas, who’s going to deliver all the presents? The answer: Tim Allen. In The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin (Allen) accidently spooks Santa while he lands on his roof which leads to him falling to his death. Since St. Nick is dead, Scott decides to put on his outfit, which leads to him hopping in Santa’s sleigh and dropping off presents around town. When his route was over, the sleigh high-tails it to the North Pole where Scott later finds out that he has become the new Santa Clause. The only problem is: his family has no idea. Will they find out? What does this mean for Christmas? I’m sure Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor could save the day, even without Al.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated & Non Animated) (1966/2000)
If you celebrate Christmas, chances are that you’ve heard of The Grinch. If not, then let me Phil You In! (see what I did there?). The Grinch is a miserable creature who lives on the side of a mountain overlooking Whoville. He gets irritated at the fact that they are so cheerful and happy, so he disguises himself as Santa, along with his dog Max, and goes into town to steal all of their Christmas gifts. With the help of Cindy Lou Who, The Grinch learns the true meaning of Christmas. I included both the animated and the live action movie because both of them are classics. With Jim Carrey as The Grinch, you already know that for an evil man, he’s going to be funny. Not to mention that this movie has one of my favorite Christmas songs, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. Watch this movie and I assure you that any bit of the Grinch in you leaves your body. If not, then I hope Santa takes a dump in your stocking.
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Just when Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) thinks that he’s going to finally have a normal Christmas, his thoughts get misrouted and sent to New York City instead of Miami with his family. Since he was left in charge of his father’s bag, he’s got some money to survive in the Big City, and live he does. He gets a suite at the Plaza, visits Duncan’s Toy Chest, and gets chauffeured by a limo while grubbing on pizza. Meanwhile, his rivals “The Wet Bandits” (who later become “The Sticky Bandits”) notice that he’s in the city, and plan on getting revenge for what Kevin did last year. This movie is a classic, not only as a holiday movie, but as a movie in general. “Merry Christmas, you filthy animals”.
Of course, there are a lot of movies that I could put in this category, but if you plan on watching a Christmas type movie with yours truly, be prepared to probably see one of these movies. I would’ve put 8 Crazy Nights on this list, but unfortunately Adam Sandler had to be Jewish and make it a Chanukah movie. Hopefully whatever movie that you choose to watch puts you into the Christmas spirit. If not, I don’t mind blasting “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” outside your house on repeat until Christmas comes. In fact, I’d enjoy it!