With Christmas fast approaching and 2020 finally coming to an end, we thought we’d share some of our favorite Christmas movies of Christmas’ past, you know, back when things made sense. We all need a reason to smile right now and these will give you one for sure.
You know I’m right. Completely original and funnier than most, Elf reminds us of what pure, open-hearted love looks like. And that is the best lesson of Christmas. Every year I make my daughters watch it with me, yes I said “make”. For some reason, they think “Elf” is too silly. Clearly, I’ve failed as a parent.
2. Christmas with the Kranks
One of the most overlooked Christmas movies of modern times, this movie gives us a Christmas tale within a larger story about community and our connection to others. The strength of the story lies in it’s ability to be knee slappingly funny (the mall scenes, the grocery store) and yet honestly touching as it explores how our actions effect others, especially around the holidays. Everyone in the family will love it, or they’ll have to answer to me!
3. It’s a Wonderful Life
…Because it’s not a wonderful life right now, but we wish it were. Yes, it’s a traditional staple of the holidays, and it should be. Frank Capra’s classic tale of love and personal sacrifice never disappoints. Plus who can resist Jimmy Stewart?
4. White Christmas
Since we’re on a traditional Christmas bent, let’s go all the way. White Christmas is one of my favorites for all that it encompasses: singing, dancing, holiday cheer, romance and of course, snow! It’s really got everything. And in a time when we could all use some love and cheer and beauty, this is just what the doctor ordered.
5. Bad Moms’ Christmas
Yes, I said it. You read that right. We just went from traditional to unapologetically rule breaking; unconventionally ‘bad’. As a mom, I can relate and I’m guessing from its popularity, others can too. So put the kids to bed, open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion, snuggle up with the dog and put this bad baby on. You’ll be glad you did!