We are in the middle of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming up. All over the world for many people, Christmas is a time to watch beloved movies with family and friends. Here is a list of 10 movies you should include in your vacation plans.
Elf: Will Ferrell plays the role of the sugar-loving elf, Buddy, who chooses to flee the North Pole to get reunited with his New York-based father, played by James Caan. The plot revolves around Buddy trying to save his father from Santa’s naughty list, while trying to integrate into a new cynical society. If you love Ferrell, you have to love Elf, as Ferrell plays the role as the enormous elf in his recognizable style, creating ample amounts of laughter.
Love Actually: This romantic movie is a must see for all couples during the holidays. Starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson and more, the British comedy has many main characters falling in love during an eventful Christmas in London. Characters fall in love, and fall out of love with both the right and wrong people. Love Actually is an entertaining movie about 8 people who follow their hearts, in four different stories, all of them ending at Heathrow Airport.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas tells the story about the city inside a snowflake, Whoville. Everybody in the town loves Christmas, everybody but the cynical Grinch. The Grinch despises the Whos and their love for the holiday with great wrath, and plots to steal the Christmas away from them. The Grinch is a comedy movie for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
Die Hard: For most people it is surprising that Die Hard makes the list of the best Christmas movies, but it is in fact one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. Yes it is violent, no it’s not a family friendly movie, but it takes place during Christmas, it has Christmas carols in it. Bruce Willis plays NYPD officer John McClane in his fight to save his wife from terrorists. Die Hard is a movie to quench the thirst for action, during a time filled with family movies.
The Polar Express: A computer animated movie from 2004, telling the story about a young boy who boards a train headed to the North Pole and Santa’s home. In this film, an extraordinary train-ride unfolds; taking the boy on a journey of self-discovery as the train travels through a series of unexpected events teaching the young boy to believe in his dreams. The Polar Express is a great drama for the whole family to watch.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol: In 1983, Walt Disney produced the world famous short film featuring all our favorite Disney characters: Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck and Goofy. The film is this base for all Christmas movies, as it illustrates the important things during the holidays: family, peace and happiness.
The Holiday: A romantic comedy, with Jude Law, Jack Black, as well as Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz who play two women with guy-problems. They decide to switch homes over Christmas holiday, where they both fall in love with a local guy; but the drama doesn’t stop there. The Holiday is a movie that puts you in the perfect holiday mood.
Home Alone: Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family travels to France for Christmas. Two idiotic burglars are breaking into the neighborhood, and Kevin has to defend his home. He sets up creative traps to stop Harry and Marv, while his mother is desperately trying to get home.
Home Alone 2: One year after Kevin was left home alone, he finds himself in New York City and the same criminals are not far behind. With credit cards and cash, he makes the Big Apple into his own playground, trying to stop Harry and Marv’s huge holiday-heist, with a massive battery of booby traps.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: There is no Christmas without the Griswold’s. The family plans for a seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark Griswold. Some obnoxious family guests arrive, but he manages to keep going, knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
Now you should be better prepared to meet all the movie options you are presented during the holidays. Home Alone 1 & 2 should definitely be included, and classics like The Grinch and Mickey’s Christmas are movies you can watch over and over again. Good luck with your movie choices!