What are your evening plans for the weekend?
While some will be frolicking from party to party, there will be others who keep it low-key at home this holiday. If you are one of those people, let me be the first to congratulate you on making the greatest decisions ever—nothing beats spending the whole day relaxing on Christmas.
I am one of these people as well, and for me, nothing can be a good Christmas flick. So while you’re sitting at home enjoying some time with your friends, family, whoever it is you celebrate with, why not make it a Christmas movie marathon?!
There are tons of Christmas classics out there, but there are just a few that can really bring you back to childhood, so I went ahead and pulled them together in a nice list for you.
Here are 5 Christmas movies you need to watch this holiday weekend…
Premiering in 2003, Elf took Christmas movies to another level when Buddy introduced us to the four main food groups for elves—candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup. This blockbuster hit captured the attention of children and parents alike and spawned some seriously creative consumption of candy throughout the movie.
From Buddy’s adventures in NYC snacking on all the used gum on the train, to mixing all his favorite candy together in spaghetti dinner that would send your mother into a Christmas uproar, this is one of those holiday movies you can pop on at any time of the day and enjoy every minute of.
A Christmas Story
Is it really Christmas time if you didn’t watch Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story while snacking on some of your favorite fudge? This is one that should be on constant repeat if you’re a fan of nostalgic Christmas classics.
Nothing beats watching Ralphie wrestle with the challenge of wanting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and begging his parents (and Santa) to help him out. We can all relate because we’ve been there before—craving that perfect Christmas gift, hoping someone will make your holiday season the best one yet.
If you’re in the mood to tickle your nostalgic senses a little extra this Christmas, I highly recommend giving this one another watch!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
There’s really no debate, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Whether you’re watching the original 1996 classic, the 2000 Jim Carey blockbuster, or the 2020 newly animated film, Dr. Seuss knows how to tap into childhood memories better than anyone else. There’s something so entertaining about the Grinch and his antics, that you can’t help but want to partake in the adventure.
For those who are feeling extra Grinchy this Christmas season, may I encourage you to watch each one of these in order and decide for yourself which Grinch is the best one of all time.
Charlie Brown Christmas
For those of you who like to stick to tradition around this time of year, there’s really no question about what movie needs to be on deck for Christmas Day celebrations, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
This film, premiered in 1965, is one that most hold dear to their hearts during the holiday season. The story of Charlie and his journey to finding the true meaning of Christmas is funny, adventurous, and most of all shines some light on what we all should really be thinking about this time of year.
Ohh, and let us not forget the Christmas classic soundtrack that comes during the entire Peanut performance.
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
If your family doesn’t feel like the Griswolds on Christmas, you might be doing something wrong. This is that movie you watch after the gift exchanges are over, meals have been eaten, and you’re ready to laugh while you fill yourself with cocoa and cookies.
There’s nothing better than watching Clark Griswold try to maintain control of his family's holiday antics, all while you are trying to do the exact same thing. Plus, it’s a movie that everyone in the family will love whether you are 7 or 77.