People who know me well also know that I am a sucker for Christmas movies. There is something about them, something that makes my heart warm, and they fill me with that Christmas spirit that makes the holidays even more beautiful. Christmas this year will be different thanks to an uninvited guest (ahem, I’m looking at you, Coronavirus) but it doesn’t mean you can’t find your Christmas Spirit. Grab a cup of hot chocolate (with three marshmallows), a bowl of popcorn, and a blanket, because I’m gonna give you my ten favorites (well… ten of my many favorites), Christmas movies.
1. Love Actually (2003)
I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. Christmas is all around us, so come on let it snow! Is there a romantic heart in this world that hasn’t seen or heard Love Actually? It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic, it’s real… yes, real… with characters and situations(well most of them) that could happen to anyone. Love Actually is a must and if you’re not shedding tears of joy in the end, then you’re heartless!
2. The Holiday (2006)
Two women decide to switch houses for the holidays after their hearts break. An American in England and a Brit in America live a very different life than they are used to, they fall in love and find the true meaning of the holidays. When a movie has Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Cameron Diaz in it, it’s a must!
3. The Spirit of Christmas(2015)
I’m kinda in love with this movie and I wish I had written it. Jen Lilley plays a lawyer that has to go to check an old mansion so that it will get sold after its owner died, but Thomas Beaudoin who plays a ghost from the past, won’t let her! Can these two spend 12 days during Christmas together and play along? Lifetime has created one of the best TV Christmas movies I’ve seen, which I totally recommend that you see!
4.Write before Christmas (2019)
Hallmark knows how to make cute, adorable, and full of Christmas spirit movies, but this one is one of my most favorite ones. Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) gets dumped before Christmas so she decides to write five cards and send them to five people that have affected her life, inspiring them during a time of uncertainty. Does it have cliches in it? Hell yeah, do we mind? Not at all. It’s a beautiful one, it deserves to be seen! Oh, and Chad Michael Murray is in it, so that’s a bonus!
5. The Christmas house (2020)
Hallmark was not known for embracing the LGBT community mostly because it was supposed to be a “family channel” meaning that it was making “safe” movies that wouldn’t upset a big part of their viewers that are not… well… you know what I mean! Last year they withdrew an ad with a homosexual couple getting married because of the backlash a part of their viewing audience caused, causing an even bigger backlash by an even bigger part of their audience that believes in the equality of people. So this year they decided to make up for that and include not only interracial couples but also gay couples and gay people in many of their movies. This one is by far my favorite because it is a family story and a house filled with beautiful memories. I was touched by it. I think you will like it, too.
6. The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2(2018 & 2020)
Netflix hit back on the Christmas war with two Christmas bombs and a very "rock ‘n roll" Santa! Kurt Russel is definitely one cool Santa that I would love to meet and Goldie Hawn is the cutest Mrs. Claus. The movie is filled with adventures and beautiful messages and you know, it’s by Chris Columbus so how can it not be good?
A gigantic elf in the form of Will Ferrell, who was a boy that ended up in the North Pole, and Santa decided to keep him (Santa… really?) ends up in New York to find his real dad. His innocence (he was brought up as an elf, remember?) spreads joy and love and reminds everyone that they need to find their lost Christmas spirit (not the one from the lifetime movie!) It’s fun and we love fun!
8. How the Grinch stole Christmas(2000)
Okay, there shouldn’t be an introduction on this one, especially when you have Jim Carrey giving his everything to play the adorable green dude that hates Christmas so much! It’s a one-man show, that movie, but honestly, it’s funny and touching so go watch it if you haven’t and if you have, watch it again!
9. A Christmas carol(2009)
This animated version of Dicken’s classic is simply amazing and what would Christmas be without our favorite ghosts that torment Ebenezer Scrooge, in the hopes of reminding him of what Christmas is truly all about. A classic, done in a modern way, that you must watch.
10. The Nightmare before Christmas(1993)
What’s this? WHAT’S THIS? If you adore Halloween and you love Christmas and want a way to combine them, then just watch Tim Burton’s masterpiece and you will not regret it!
11. Five star Christmas(2020)
Hallmark at its best! One tree hill's Bethany Joy Lenz gets a surprise when she raises that her dad has turned the house she grew in, into a bed and breakfast, when the whole family gathered for Christmas. When they hear that a well-known B&B reviewer is in town the whole family tries to do their best to help their dad to get a 5 star review so that they don't lose the house. The chemistry between the cast is fantastic and I laughed a lot and got sentimental, too. Also, in this movie, there is the best "I'm sorry" scene I've ever seen. I love it.
(NOTE: Nektaria was so impressed with #11 that she added it after submitting the top 10, hence the introduction...so it must be a must-see! ).
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic “It’s a wonderful life” with the angel (Clarence) that we all love. Also, Emma Thomson’s “Last Christmas” is something you need to see (but keep tissues by your side). Of course Christmas without “Home Alone” is not Christmas! Fall in love during Christmas with “While you were sleeping” and “Serendipity”, as well as "Little Women" in any version!.
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