It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is what so many people look forward to all year: That period between Thanksgiving and New Year when we get to do all the things that bring joy to the heart: wear cozy layers, spend time with family and friends, cheat on our diets with a buffet of home-cooked meals… and binge-watch movies where people are doing these exact same things!
Something about the holidays generates nostalgia, and nothing helps facilitate a trip down memory lane faster than all of those family classics that we enjoyed as children, which is why we’ve compiled the most epic list of holiday classics to awaken your warm and fuzzies. Here are the Top 10 Films to Awaken Your Inner Child! Enjoy!
Miracle on 34th St
10. Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street is a movie beloved by all dreamers and Doubting Thomas’ alike. This sweet tale is about a young woman and her daughter who are Grade-A cynics until their hearts and their imaginations open up when they meet the real Kris Kringle. This movie is perfect for anyone who needs to be reminded of the reality of everyday magic, and for many of us, it’s an oft-viewed classic that needs to be shared with family and friends each year.
9. Frosty the Snowman
The magical top hat that brings Frosty to life seems to be the centerpiece of this tale, but the true magic of Frosty the Snowman is the magic of friendship. When the animated snowman and a little girl he befriends realize that he will melt in the spring, the two go on a journey to get Frosty to the North Pole, despite all odds. This film about a man made of ice can melt even the frostiest of hearts.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This movie is equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, centering on a villain, The Grinch, who’s channeled past hurts and rejection into a grand scheme to destroy Christmas for all those who’ve shunned and humiliated him. A tale of forgiveness and acceptance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas resonates with anyone who’s ever felt left out.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown is everybody’s favorite cynic and in this Christmas classic, he’s complaining yet again. This time, his gripe is the commercialism on the holiday season. As usual, Charlie Brown can always count on his friends, and they’re right by his side as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas and is finally able to celebrate it with them. This movie is perfect for anyone who’s lost their enthusiasm and need a reason to get into the holiday spirit.
The Santa Clause
6. The Santa Claus
The Santa Claus is an intricate tale primarily of a kindly peasant woodcutter who becomes the world’s Santa and his efforts to foil a toy company CEO’s evil plan to take over Christmas. As if this weren’t exciting enough, we also follow one of his elves as he seeks inspiration and redemption, as well as two lonely orphans-- one a rich girl and the other a homeless boy-- who finally find a reason to celebrate the holiday when they find each other. This is the perfect film to share with children and new friends.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a square peg-round hole story of over-enthusiasm. When the king of Halloween Town stumbles upon Christmas Town one day, it’s love at first sight, and he’s determined to replicate the celebration-- bats, ghosts, ghouls, and all! This is the perfect comedy for that person who starts decorating for Christmas in July!
For those of us who need a good scream to get us going, Gremlins is the perfect mix of horror, adventure, and Christmas! Basically a case of “Everything that can go wrong will”, Gremlins is the tale of a down-on-his-luck father who wants to get his son the perfect unique gift, only for that gift to turn into a curse. This movie is centrally about the importance of honesty and following instructions, but it’s also a great reminder that during the holidays and all year long, all we really need is each other.
3. The Polar Express
For anyone who’s ever stayed up late on Christmas Eve to see Santa, for anyone who’s ever made a wish on the brightest Christmas star, for anyone who’s dreamed of sugarplum fairies and magical adventures, The Polar Express encompasses everything beautiful and magical about Christmas, friendship, and believing in one another.
2. Home Alone
Comedy meets Christmas in this film that quickly won the hearts of three generations and counting. When he’s accidentally left behind while his family goes on a Christmas vacation, a young boy must learn to be self-reliant and buy the groceries, cook for himself and fend of two burglars determined to violate his family’s home. This movie is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and the perfect choice for a Christmas dinner.
1. A Christmas Carol
Some of us tolerate the holiday season, impatiently waiting for it to be over, and the protagonist of A Christmas Carol is one such person. Rich, cold-hearted, and lonely, Scrooge is visited the night before Christmas by his personal demons--the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future-- and decides to open his heart before it’s too late. This classic has a special place in everyone’s heart.
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