The Best (in my humble opinion) Holiday Films

Hello, World.

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, and Christmas in just a few short weeks, it is prime holiday film season. In my family it is a tradition to begin watching our favorite holiday films from now until roughly a week after Christmas. There are hundreds of holiday films, but my family usually sticks with the same cycle of nine or ten films, and I thought I would share our absolute favorite nine. Something about curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cider or coffee, a fuzzy blanket, and my favorite holiday film makes me feel at home and so warm and fuzzy inside. I know, cheesy, but that’s something I enjoy around this time of year.

So, what are my top nine holiday films? Well, first, is The Holiday. A film with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black? How could I not? We watch this film every year, no questions asked (if I’m being honest, we’re watching it right now). If you haven’t seen it, you should go rent it right now because it’s great. In short, two women are heartbroken for the holidays, and decide to get away from their problems by switching homes (England —> L.A. and vice versa). Second, The Santa Clause because who doesn’t love Tim Allen, a successful somewhat selfish man becoming Santa? Third, The Family Man. This is probably the closest to The Holiday in ranking because the script, the concept, etc. are all phenomenal in my opinion. I feel like this movie makes me appreciate family, and having parents who never fail to drop everything if I have something serious come up, and the fact that my parents go to every big event in my life.

Elf is a good movie too because it’s just silly. I’m not usually a huge Will Ferrel fan, but I actually really enjoy this movie because he’s not being crude or ridiculous. Also, I happen to really like Zooey Deschanel, and she’s in it, so there’s that. I’m kind of a softy for British films, and last year my residence hall watched Love Actually and I fell in love. This movie is a slightly better version of Valentine’s Day, with many story lines intersecting. I love myself a good chick flick romance, and this is it for me. Home Alone is a must, ya filthy animal! I’m sure you’ve seen it because to me its the epitome of a holiday movie. When I went to New York my freshman year of high school, I was a little petrified my family would forget me and I would be alone for the holidays (just kidding, but still). Because I think Jim Carrey is hilarious, and I grew up with a dad who was constantly impersonating him, I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with him and Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl, anyone?). Ryan Reynolds for the holidays? Yes, please. Just Friends is a must for me, and I find myself singing “forgiveness…is more than saying sorry…” until right around the New Year. Also, the scene with the toothpaste eating is just too much. The final film on my list is a more personal choice because I just saw it for the first time recently. While You Were Sleeping is a great movie! My roommate and best friend, Holly, and I are constantly saying, “Hey! Is this guy bothering you? Because it looks like he’s leaning.” She is a movie nut, and has really great taste in movies, and I’m so glad she introduced me to this movie because it’s phenomenal.

So there you have it, my top holiday movies. Maybe go pick one up before Thanksgiving, and when you’re simply stuffed to the limit with turkey, stuffing, and pie, put one on, and relax! Enjoy your night, everyone! Also, what are your favorite holiday movies?

Callie Leigh

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