With Thanksgiving behind us, I'm eagerly awaiting what is arguably the best day of the year, December 25th! I get very excited for every season, but there's something about Christmas that just brings out the kid in me.
I know I've been a bit MIA on this platform and others, but I feel inspired to ramp up my content creation just in time for the holiday season.
To start, I wanted to share my absolute favorite Christmas movies. Some that I grew up watching, some I've come to love over the last few years.
I can't wait to cozy up by the Christmas tree with the sound of the fireplace crackling in the background as I watch one of these classics!
Christmas With The Kranks
This movie will always hold a special place in my heart. My nephew and I have watched it religiously every year since we were younger and it's become a bit of a tradition. The Christmas chaos, the classic decor, the humor and the snowy setting makes this a great movie to watch during the Holidays! But honestly, I watch it all year 'round.
I have nothing but praise for this heartwarming Christmas film! Released in 2020, this newer Christmas movie has it all! Music, dancing, a steampunk vibe and holiday charm! It's a wonderful story of mending relationships, finding your courage and finding the magic in life after loss. I can't recommend it enough!
Jingle All The Way
An absolute classic, my brother and I still quote this movie to each other to this day. "Cheers to you dad.", is something we say more often than I'd like to admit. But we rarely let a holiday season go by without watching this one. A great cast, more Christmas chaos, and determination to be the best parent one can be!
I don't think this movie needs much introduction. Though, I should specify that I'm specifically referring to the Jim Carrey version of this movie and not any of the animated ones. I know many people find the live action to be...creepy, if you will. But I've loved it for as long as I can remember and it's one of my favorite Jim Carrey films of all time.
Another classic, Home Alone is the perfect example of everything that can go wrong at Christmas. But it also teaches you to be grateful for the family you have, even if they drive you crazy. Home Alone is one of those movies where, even though it came out decades ago, it's still just as entertaining and fun to watch today.
I'm not one to cry in movies, but Klaus...Klaus got me. The sweetest story of love, loss, rivalry and friendship. Klaus was an unexpected gem released in 2019, and my family and I have enjoyed watching it every year since. Get out your tissues for this one because it's a true holiday tear-jerker!
The Christmas Chronicles
I first watched this movie last year in 2021 while decorating the tree, and I was surprised at how invested I became in the storyline. Two siblings who can't seem to get along after their father passes away, are forced to work together to save Christmas after successfully catching Santa in the act on camera, and throwing him off course. A family friendly movie you can enjoy with everyone in your life.
The Princess Switch
As a 2000's Disney Channel kid, I will watch anything with Vanessa Hudgens. Formerly, Vanessa ANNE Hudgens. Real ones remember the "Anne". I like this movie because it's not overly Christmas themed, but is set upon a backdrop that is a true Winter Wonderland. Throw in a storyline having to do with royals leading a small European country and a baking competition and I'm sold.
The Last Holiday
We seldom get to see Queen Latifah on our screens anymore, but she was another 2000's icon. And this movie has to be one of my favorites of hers. It teaches us to live life to the fullest, never hold back, say what you mean, and enjoy every minute of life. Because you don't know when it might be your last. Set in the stunning Prague, Czech Republic, this is another film that's not overly Christmassy, but showcases the stunning snowcapped mountains of Europe in the Winter.
Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Not a combination of actors I would've put together but man oh man does it work beautifully in this movie. The Holiday follows two women who are trying to escape their reality for the Holiday season, and end up (of course) falling in love. Falling in love with their new lives, new beaus, and with the women that they become.