There are lots of movies I enjoy watching during the Christmas season, and sometimes I find a day I want Christmas in June and will watch them again, but I’m just realizing there are 5 that I must watch every Christmas season. And to be sure you don’t forget to see them too, here’s my list of top 5 movies:

The Family Stone

The Holiday

5. This one is a bit of a cheat, because I like them both equally well and I tend to watch them back to back. They hit on a lot of the same notes – finding the person who is actually meant for you at the holidays. Involving family always complicates relationships and both movies really bring that out. The Family Stone is a big boisterous family where a new girlfriend is being introduced and not doing a particularly good job fitting in. The Holiday is two women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) trying to have a great holiday for themselves and meet good people and find their own inner strength again. They’re cheesy types of rom-coms and the Christmas connection is pretty weak, but that doesn’t make them any worse.

The Santa Clause

4. I really like The Santa Clause series, it’s usually the first Christmas movie that I put on myself. In the first one he has to figure out how to become Santa after the previous Santa falls off his roof. It’s very cute, and elaborates the story of Santa really well. In the second movie, he falls victim to “the Mrs. clause” and has to marry or he’ll forfeit his right to be Santa. Luckily he finds Elizabeth Mitchell (from Lost) and they have fun getting to know each other in the short amount of time he has. The best part is the meeting of magical creatures, including Mother Earth, Father Time, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

Love actually

3. This one is starting to bring up a lot of backlash after so many said they loved it or discovered it over the past 10 years. And while I still love it to pieces, this blog post on what’s wrong with Love Actually is pretty spot on. What I like is the constant “because it’s Christmas” idea – you tell the truth, you step out of your comfort zone, you dream big, etc. Plus, the music is pretty amazingly good.

Its A Wonderful Life

2. How can you describe how perfectly Christmas It’s a Wonderful Life can be? It symbolizes all that we forget each year, that we are part of a community, part of a family, and that no matter how insignificant you feel, you are important to someone. It’s cheesy and always makes me cry, but it’s such a part of all Christmas culture. It is to the point where I really do think that “every time a bell rings, an angel is getting his wings”.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

1. Of course the movie I cannot avoid watching every single Christmas and reciting as often as possible is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I actually have used lines from this movie and recognized a kindred spirit when they were parroted back at me from an unexpected source (B-mama, you must teach this movie to your kids someday!). It’s a “ree-al, nice” movie to show with your family. One Christmas (so family lore goes) my grandparents were snowed in at my aunt’s house and they put on this movie, and my grandparents laughed and laughed. It’s really a movie for the whole family. It’ll have you sh*tting bricks, sorry sh*ttin’ rocks.


  1. god I love “The Holiday”. i think i might have to rewatch it this season. Same goes for NLCV.

    cool list.

  2. I’m ashamed to admit that I have never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Yes I know it’s consider a classic. It’s just one of those stories I feel like have been refferenced for so long I dont need to. Good list

    1. You’d be surprised how much it’s outside what you think it will be. I hadn’t seen it all the way through in years and watched it start to finish last year. All if the overused parts suddenly have a much bigger, more complicated context than you’d know from the bits we see. Check it out.

  3. The Holiday is only half a good film as I only cared about the stuff w/ Kate Winslet and Eli Wallach. I only liked the first The Santa Clause film as the 2nd one wasn’t very good and the third is just extremely unwatchable. I don’t like Love Actually. I would put Scoorged andDie Hard into that mix.

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