The most famous holiday is upon us! Whether the whole family is getting together or you are flying solo, here are a few movies that I think capture the true feeling of Christmas.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): This is what happens when Christmas gets out of control, which is how most of my Christmases are. Christmas Vacation is my favorite holiday movie. Chevy Chase is a comedic god. Beverly D’Angelo is a hottie. And Randy Quaid really rises to the occasion as a deadbeat in this one. You’ll be hooked once you see the animated title sequence!
Home Alone (1990): This is a classic. This movie is funny and heartfelt, and the whole family can watch it, without any objections. Everyone, young or old or boy or girl, has stood in front of his or her bathroom mirror and mimicked the Kevin McCallister shaving scene.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966): A long-standing Christmas tradition in my family is to watch this Christmas morning while opening presents and chowing on leftovers. It’s only around 30 minutes, but I’ll guarantee somebody starts singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” before the afternoon.
A Christmas Story (1983): This is another classic. Any child can identify with Ralphie’s desperate need for the perfect present.
Elf (2003): It’s an interesting story told in an hilarious way. One of Will Ferrell’s best characters. It feels like a children’s movie made with adults in mind. Plus, I think that early Zooey Deschanel is so much better than present-day Zooey Deschanel.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983): A Disney adaptation of the Dickens story that is perfect in every way. This is the only version of the classic tale that I even acknowledge (because I grew up with it and I love it and you will, too).
Die Hard 2 (1990): John McClane in an airport, wearing that great sweater, saving Christmas for America. What’s not to love?
Jingle All the Way (1996): Schwarzenegger and Sinbad? This must be my Christmas present!
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! All that joyful, heartfelt crap!