So, it’s Christmas. That means twinkling lights, candy canes, prettily wrapped presents, and, if you’re lucky, snow. It also means that it’s time to curl up on the couch with the fam, your girlfriends, or your better half, and watch a Christmas flick or two. Just in time for this holiday tradition, we’ve rounded up five of the best Xmas movies, what you can expect to take away from them, and what makes them forever favourites:
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? You can’t help but feel for that round-headed little boy with his yellow shirt and constant good griefing”not to mention the most pathetic Christmas tree ever. There’s something so comforting about watching old Chuck understand the true meaning of the holiday season, and by the end, you’ll want to hug your dog, count your blessings and listen to the whole soundtrack on repeat.
The message: Christmas is about more than buying lots and lots of presents and playing the piano like a pro and making everyone else look bad.
2. Home Alone
Oh, Kevin MCallister. If you’re a child of the 90s, you’ll probably already know and love this one. Never mind that most 8-year-olds wouldn’t be able to pull off half of what this kid does, much less survive without their parents, Macaulay Culkin helped make Christmas movie gold in this John Hughes flick. Watch, and Kevin will teach you how to outsmart two dim-witted robbers, decorate a tree and decide that you do in fact, love your (at times, annoying) family, all in the span of one hour and forty-three minutes.
The message: You don’t want to live alone, no matter how loud you scream it while jumping on a bed.
Even if you’re no Will Ferrell fan, Buddy the Elf will probably make you melt, or at least laugh in this too-adorable-for-words and silly movie. Watch as a full-grown man raised as an elf tries to find, and then win over, his long-lost father in the Big Apple. Along the way, he’ll all but trash his dad’s Upper East Side apartment, traumatically de-beard a department store Santa and fall in love with a blonde, Christmas caroling Zooey Deschanel.
The message: Christmas spirit is sometimes all you need to make everything all right (and grown men probably shouldn’t wear spandex).
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This animated classic is a holiday go-to, no matter your rhyming talents or age. Dr. Seuss’ furry, Christmas-sabotaging cave-dweller, with his heart two sizes too small, teaches us a very valuable (and in his case, life-changing) lesson in this 1966 holiday gem.
The message: Love and togetherness is what this season’s all about. Also: don’t trust hairy, green men.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life
No Christmas movie list would be complete without It’s a Wonderful Life. Even if you just watch it for the way Jimmy Stewart talks, or for his famous line about lassoing the moon, don’t overlook this heart-warming flick. George Bailey, in romantic black and white, lives that age-old cliché© of not truly knowing what you have until it’s gone.
The message: Love your life, and let go of the could have, would have, should haves (it helps if you imagine Jimmy Stewart saying it).