Top 7 Holiday Movies For Holiday Cheer

Top 7 Holiday Movies For Holiday Cheer

Holiday movies are the best way to get you in the holiday spirit. Every year new movies come out right in time for the season, but there's nothing like the classics. So get in your lounging clothes, pop some popcorn, sit back and binge on these holiday treats. 

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey is an extremely generous man who lives in the town of Bedford Falls. He has spent his entire adult life trying to protect the city from the rich and corrupted Mr. Potter. It’s a constant battle and one day George reaches a very low point. He contemplates suicide and as he is standing on the bridge he is visited by Clarence, an angel in training, who hasn’t yet received his wings. Clarence shows George visions of Bedford Falls without George’s presence. The nightmarish town has sunken into sin and his loved ones are dead or miserable. George realizes that his life has indeed been wonderful. He decides to continue living and giving generously. Clarence receives his wings for helping George see the significance of his existence. If you are ever feeling down and unimportant, this uplifting Christmas tale will be a welcome respite and might even help you recover.

2. A Christmas Carol (1951)

This is the classic tale of a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets a second chance at life after he is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. The first ghost is an old friend who warns Ebenezer of the consequences of his miserly ways and offers him a chance of redemption. During the night Ebenezer is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. They show him awful things he has done to others in the past as well as in the present and the cold fate of a lonely death that awaits him if he doesn’t change his ways. The next morning he awakes, astonished and deeply grateful to still be alive. He is also overwhelmed with generosity and affection for all those around him. A Christmas Carol reminds you that no one is too old to change and everyone deserves to be happy.

3. A Christmas Story (1983)

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. Is that too much to ask? Sadly, his mother, teacher and even the mall Santa Claus have the same response, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Finally Christmas arrives and all Ralphie gets is a pink bunny costume from his aunt. Ralphie must, of course, parade around in the costume for his mother. It seems all hope is lost. However there’s one last present tucked under the tree and it’s for Ralphie. He tears open the wrapping to find, you got it, the present he’s been dreaming of. Relive your own childhood Christmas memories with this film over the holidays!

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

In this adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book Jim Carrey is the horrible, evil, mean spirited Grinch. He’s “as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel”. The nasty Grinch hates Christmas and steals all the presents and decorations from the city of Who-Ville. He believes the gentle town will spin into chaos but instead he finds them singing peacefully. The Who’s have rediscovered the true meaning of Christmas, bringing people together. His heart grows three sizes that day, he apologizes, returns the gifts to the Who’s and is welcomed back into the community. How the Grinch Stole Christmas reminds us that although presents are great, the real gift is those who love and care about you.

5. Love Actually (2003)

Set in England a month before Christmas, Love Actually tells the story of 8 different people whose lives are all somewhat intertwined during the Holidays. A washed up musician, a sister caretaking her mentally challenged brother, a best man, a middle aged husband tempted by adultery, a newly divorced husband, a pre-teen boy, a prime minister and a lonely single male. All characters struggle to find or rekindle love during the holiday season. In the end, of course, love conquers all and you realize how important the people in your life really are.

6. Elf (2003)

“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” This movie will keep you laughing as you watch Will Ferrell struggle to make the transition from the North Pole to New York City and reconnect with his long lost father. Buddy’s energy and childlike innocence never flags, even when he tries to join the workforce of adult corporate America. This zany comedy is one that everyone, young and old, can laugh with and enjoy.

7. Polar Express (2004)

A young boy who doubts Santa exist is woken up by the sound of a train outside his home on Christmas Eve. It’s a very special train, The Polar Express, with a very special destination, the North Pole. All the other lucky guests on the train are also children. The boy, whose name is never revealed, continues to struggle with his doubts on the journey. When the children finally meet Santa the boy asks for a bell from Santa’s sleigh. Only those who truly believe in good ol’ Saint Nick can hear the bell’s cheery sound. The boy begins to believe and as he grows older and older the bell continues to ring for him. The Polar Express will rekindle your Christmas spirit and make you want to believe in Santa again.

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