The holiday season is in full swing and I’m READY to partake in every traditional/modern celebration this joyous time of the year brings! One of my favorite traditional pastimes during this time of year is all of the holiday movies. I’m so excited to get into the holiday spirit! Hopefully, I’ll feature some video clips during my upcoming holiday blogs. So, stay tuned throughout the month of November and December.
Everyone loves snuggling by a cozy fire with piping hot chocolate while watching their favorite holiday flicks. It can be difficult to choose which holiday classics to watch because the options are endless. And of course, the Hallmark and Lifetime channels offers us so many wonderful original movies to keep us in the festive mood until the New Year. I will try my best to narrow this list down to my Top 10 holiday classic/original movies.
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I had to go with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as my first go to Christmas movie. Rudolph is a movie the whole family can watch and is a timeless classic. The dilemma Rudolph faces in the movie is something we can all relate to. Feeling like an outcast and trying to figure out where we belong is an everyday struggle that society faces. Rudolph reminds us to embrace our unique gifts and not change the way we are just to fit in.
Charlie Brown Christmas is another classic holiday movie that comes to everyone’s mind as part of the Christmas tradition. Just like the other Charlie Brown short films, our sweet little Charlie Brown feels left out. Despite the other Peanut characters’ shenanigans, they all come together in the end. Like any other family, there will be disagreements. But in the end, they will always love each other.
3. Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman is a wonderful movie to enrich the imagination of young children. Even though Frosty is not real, the children build a personal connection with him and let their minds bloom with creativity. With Frosty, they learn to never stop being adventurous and having fun.
4. The Polar Express
I remember watching The Polar Express in elementary school and all the kids got to dress up in their favorite pajamas. We ate popcorn and drank hot cocoa while enjoying this astonishing movie. Not only is the animation fantastic, but it feels like you’re on that magical journey with the characters. The Polar Express teaches everyone to never stop believing. Every time I watch this movie, I tear up because it gives me hope for a better world.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey) is a good laugh for the whole family. I’m sure everyone has met a Grinch or two in their life. But like Cindy Lou, we should all try to spread a little Christmas spirit to those who have no family or friends. It’s possible you can make a difference in that person’s life by showing them that you care. So, yes, The Grinch is a good laugh but remember to appreciate the deeper moral of this comedic movie.
6. The Best Man Holiday
I would have a box of tissues for this one. Sometimes we take for granted having loved ones for Christmas until something tragic happens. Christmas is the time for everyone to come together because you may never get another chance to celebrate life’s special moments. This underrated movie highlights this beautifully and the issues they face are very relatable to what many families may face. Take time this holiday to celebrate having the opportunity to see the ones you love and care about the most.
7. The Preacher’s Wife
This inspiring Christmas film reminds us to keep the faith even if we feel like all hope is gone. In the movie, the preacher’s family is falling apart from the seams and they struggle to keep their foundation together. Then an angel from God comes along to restore their faith. Whitney Houston’s voice is angelic and I loved how her role showcased her beautiful voice.
This timeless classic teaches a lesson that may be often overlooked. In Scrooge’s case, he did not implement this value. The spirit of Christmas is in all of us and the movie reminds us to be charitable and generous on this holiday. There are people that have nothing, no food on the table, no warm shelter; nothing. But Christmas is the time to give out of the goodness of our hearts because we want them to be as joyful as we are. The smallest thing such as a loaf of bread can make a difference.
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town walks us through how the man in the big red suit came to be. He was nobody special but he had a heart of gold. In the movie, Santa Claus believed that every good child deserves a little gift to make them smile. He made a sad little village a brighter place just by the pure excitement of hopefully receiving a toy from him. Santa Claus’ personality symbolizes what Christmas is all about; generosity, charitably, and hopefulness.
This holiday movie will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It’s a story about love and forgiveness. When everyone comes home for the holidays, secrets are uncovered and true gifts of family members are revealed. The movie soundtrack is AMAZING and it’s on my holiday playlist.
While all of these Christmas movies are a wonderful way to snuggle up with someone you love or celebrate your family’s holiday traditions, it’s important to remember the true essence of this time of year. Don’t get stressed out with shopping for the perfect gift. The best gift does not cost anything. It’s spending time with the ones you love. I hope this holiday you are filled with love beyond measure.