There’s no place like home for the holidays — especially when home happens to be full of chocolate covered biscuits and bottles of spiced wine.
But when Old Man Winter decides to be a meteorological douchebag and snow your whole family in, you can go a little stir crazy.
Avoid all of that drama with a holiday classic movie marathon.
Nagging parents (“when are you going to get a real job anyway?”), nostalgic uncles (“I remember when a tank of gas cost less than a pack of cigarettes!”) and meathead cousins (“of course I lift, bro”) will all fall silent when the following titles are on, so queue up the Netflix and put on your favourite onesie.
It’s Christmas time.
1. “White Christmas” (1954)
- Highlights: The old-school bromance between Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Quintessential Hollywood song and dance numbers.
2. “Meet Me in Saint Louis” (1944)
- Highlights: Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to her little sister Tootie (who got the short end of the name stick).
3. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
- Highlights: Whenever a bell rings.
4. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
- Highlights: Aunt Bethany attempting to say grace, the squirrel chase and the fact that Beverly D’Angelo looks exactly like Amy Poehler.
5. “Home Alone” (1990)
- Highlights: What terrible parents Mr and Mrs. McCallister are. How persistent Harry and Marv were about robbing the McCallister house (just go next door where you won’t get annihilated by an 8-year-old, frig). Kevin’s concern over the accreditation of a toothbrush.
6. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)
- Highlights: Bryan’s compelling court room defence of Santa Claus. Knowing that the man who set Kris Kringle up in the first place (the original store Santa who got fired for becoming drunk store Santa) will be getting coal for the rest of his life.
7. “The Santa Clause”(1994)
- Highlights: Everything Tim Allen says. Everything Bernard says.
8. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
- Highlights: The “Grinch Smile,” even though it’s the scariest 6 seconds of your life.
9. “Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer” (1964)
- Highlights: Watching Hermey follow his dream of becoming a dentist.
10. “Elf” (2003)
- Highlights: When Buddy gets caught in the revolving door, because it happens to the best of us. Zooey Deschanel before a curtain of hair grew from her forehead.
“The Sound of Music” (1965)
- Highlights: It has nothing to do with Christmas but it’s always on TV. CUCKOO! CUCKOO!
What are your favourite holiday films?
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