Top 5 Movies To Watch During The Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and because we’re in the season of giving, Daemons Movies is going to give you a list of Holiday movies to watch! This isn’t a conventional list – in fact, you probably won’t see any of the titles that you’d expect (with one exception), but these are fun holiday movies nonetheless.
So relax, grab some cookies and eggnog, and get ready for some holiday cheer!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966
I’m talking about the original film, not the live action one with Jim Carrey. As cute as the live Cindy Lou Who is, the animated film is Holiday staple in my house.
Narrated by Boris Karloff (how can you not love that?), The Grinch is the story of the Grinch (also voiced by Karloff) who lives “just north of Whoville” and who despises, and I mean REALLY loathes, Christmas.
The Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, thinking that it will stop their celebrating and singing. The singing is what REALLY gets the Grinch going, and he decides to hatch a terrible, awful idea. The Grinch soon realizes that stealing Christmas isn’t as easy as it looks.
Even with the help of his trusty dog Max, stealing Christmas is hard work.
A cute family movie based on my favorite book growing up, it’s not Christmas without the Grinch!
Love Actually – 2003
While not the traditional “holiday” movie, Love Actually is the story of eight different people. Through the course of the movie we’re shown characters losing love, finding love, looking for love, and realizing that love has always been around them.
The film takes place in London and France the month before Christmas, during the hectic Holiday season, and really makes you stop and take stock of your own love life – and not just romantic love!
Love Actually will leave you with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling, and is a perfect movie to watch on a long, cold winter night.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
While this also made it into my Halloween movie list as an honorable mention, The Nightmare Before Christmas is also a Holiday Movie.
Meet Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. After another successful Halloween of scaring the heck out of people, Jack is tired of the same old routine… he doesn’t want to scare people anymore, and ends up stumbling across Christmas Town.
Jack finds Christmas so wonderful that he decides to bring the holiday back to Halloweentown so he and his friends can make it their own.
After horribly funny misunderstandings (Jack mistakenly calls Santa Claus “Sandy Claws”), Jack is left to decide what to do with Christmas/Halloween.
Written by Tim Burton with music composed by Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a GREAT family movie after you’ve opened presents!
Die Hard – 1988
“Now I have a machine gun… ho, ho, ho…”
While it’s not It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story; with a line like the one above, how can Die Hard NOT be a great Holiday movie? For all you action fans out there – this movie has everything! Explosions, gun fights, and John McClane!
I love this movie, because let’s face it, during the Holidays even when you feel all warm and fuzzy, there are those times that really stress you out. Well, fear not my movie loving friends – Die Hard will relieve all that Holiday stress!
Scrooged – 1988
Taking a dark comedic twist on Dickens A Christmas Carol, Scrooged is the story of Frank Cross a TV exec that is a modern (for 1988) Ebenezer Scrooge. Like Scrooge, Cross is visited by 3 ghosts of Christmas to see exactly how his life effects the other people in it.
While you begin Scrooged despising Cross, by the end of the film after watching him go through everything that the ghosts throw at him, you end up loving the unlikely hero of Scrooged. While it’s not the best movie to watch with family (it’s not safe for kids!), it is number one on my list to watch with friends!
So there you have it! Five of my top Holiday movies of all time. I left out several “traditional” holiday movies since every guide that you’ll read will list them, and tried to give you something a little more off beat.
I hope everyone has a safe and very, VERY Happy Holiday, and stay tuned for more movie news, reviews, and suggestions!
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