Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, us potato-heads were stirring…for movies to watch. (Okay, we know it doesn’t rhyme, but it was harder than you think to find a word that rhymed with house that was hollywood-related.)
It’s a tradition of ours (and hopefully yours) to only watch the best holiday movies in the days surrounding Christmas. We’re sure you have your own favorites, but we wanted to share our top ten (including some of our favorite clips from each). What are you watching for the next two days? Take a tip from yours truly, the potato-holiday-movie-buffs…(we’ve starred the ones that are on Netflix).
1. Love Actually* – This movie literally makes us feel doused in Christmas spirit, and teary eyed at the many love stories that transpire in good old London. Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley…why wouldn’t you watch?
2. Home Alone – No doubt the perfect Christmas classic, Home Alone is a movie we’re proud to say we’ve probably seen 100 times. There’s still a lot to learn from Macaulay Culkin about Christmas, family, and keeping cat burglars away…
3. A Christmas Story – Good old Ralphie and his bebe gun. We equate the worshipped bebe gun Ralphie wants for Christmas so badly with the Acne Shearling, or Balenciaga combat boots. This movie runs on TBS on repeat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; we’re sure you’ll have a chance to tune in…(We triple dog dare you…)
4. Elf – This movie’s just plain awesome. It drips with Christmas spirit and you get to watch Will Ferrel run around New York in an elf costume. Enough said.
5. White Christmas* – A classic favorite of ours (starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kay), this is the old school Christmas movie to watch. Between the dance and singing numbers, this movie will get you in the holiday spirit. Plus, there’s a whole song about snow (featured above).
6. It’s a Wonderful Life – If you haven’t seen this movie, we can no longer talk to you. Just kidding, we can, but it’s a must-watch!
7. The Muppet Christmas Carol* – We know it may be immature to pick this rather than the classic Christmas Carol movie, but…we really like the muppet one.
8. Sleepless in Seattle* – You’ve got to throw a Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romance into the mix over the holiday season. And this one starts on Christmas and ends on Valentines Day. Can’t you just feel the love?
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – As George Costanza would say…this is gold baby.
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Now and forever, this Christmas classic is in our hearts, as is the equally wonderful soundtrack.