Thanksgiving is officially over, which means it’s now Christmas season. While most people started celebrating Christmas about a month ago, I don’t even start thinking about any of my Christmas traditions until the day after Thanksgiving, at the earliest. That being said, in honor of the upcoming Christmas season, I’ve decided to list my favorite Christmas movies:
1) Elf: Will Ferrell parading around NYC in an Elf costume? Sold! Even though this movie came out when I was much older than it’s target audience, it was one of my instant favorites. I tend to watch this one even when it’s nowhere near Christmas just because I find it that funny (admittedly, I have a childish sense of humor).
2) A Christmas Story: This one is a staple for a lot of people, including me. It has been one of my favorites since I was a kid but TBS has kinda killed my love for it a little–no one needs a 24-hour non-stop marathon of this movie. Once a season will suffice. Just sayin’.
3) Home Alone: Not one of the more traditional choices on the list but I have to put it on here because it was one I grew up watching every Christmas. It also reminds me of a time when the world was a simpler place, a time when Macaulay Culkin was still relevant.
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This is not referring to the live-action Jim Carrey version of the movie, but the original animated one. In other words, the good one.
5) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: I’m sure this one makes a lot of people’s lists, and rightly so. Something about watching the Griswold’s endure fiasco after fiasco in hilarious fashion just says Christmas.
Just to be clear, I don’t sit and watch these movies in marathon-mode from the day after thanksgiving until Christmas Day, but I do make an effort to enjoy one or two of them during the holiday season. The older I get, the less effort I seem to make, but it is one of the few traditions that I actually try to follow. I guess it’s my way of “getting into the Christmas spirit…”