One of the best things to do during the holiday season (if it’s gotten too cold to go outside and admire the Christmas tree in Rockefeller) is to stay home, brew a pot of hot chocolate, put on your favorite pair of festive pajamas (because everyone owns more than one pair, right?) and cozy up under a warm blanket to marathon classic Christmas films. I look forward to watching so many each year, but here are my absolute favorites!
1) Elf – Elf is the newest film on my list, but it became a holiday favorite after just the first viewing. It’s SO quotable and I love to pretend that Buddy’s trek from the North Pole to New York City is what my commute to work is like. Also, just like Buddy, SMILING IS MY FAVORITE!
2) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – I’ve been watching this film with my family since I was a child. I’m never able to help feeling SO bad for Rudolph every year even though I know how the movie ends. I also just adore the animation style!
3) The Santa Clause – It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how morbid the beginning of this film is but gosh do I love it just the same. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to watch it, but I feel like it might be a thing I need to do this weekend. I need more Bernard the elf in my life!
4) Home Alone – The antics that Kevin would get himself into while his family accidentally left him home were some of the most interesting Christmas adventures a kid could possibly have in my mind. I loved how he set up a mannequin and used strings to make her dance along to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ in order to fool the robbers into thinking that adults were home. I think I remember enjoying the second one even more because New York.
5) Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – I used to LOVE watching this as a kid. I loved seeing the character evolution that the Grinch undergoes during the story although I’m pretty sure I didn’t know the correct term for it at the time. I really appreciate the way the story is told in rhymes and the animation. It’s SO MUCH BETTER than the live action version with Jim Carey.