Hi everyone, and welcome to Blogmas Day 2!
Today I want to share with you my top 10 holiday films! I watch these movies every year to get me into the holiday spirit. There’s nothing like sitting on my couch with my mini-me (or by my wonderful lonesome), cuddled with a blanket and some hot chocolate with my lights and the fireplace on and one of these on the TV.
A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)- This one is a guilty pleasure kind of movie. Basically it’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol but with Scrooge being the lead singer of a Supremes-esque girl group (played by Vanessa Williams). My musical-loving heart can’t help but love this one.
The Mistle-Tones (2012)- This is another guilty pleasure movie to satisfy my need for cheesy Christmas musicals. Tia Mowry stars as Holly, the daughter of a singer who started a Christmas singing group. She tries out for the group but is denied the spot by pain-in-the-ass Marci (Tori Spelling). So she and a group of coworkers start a group to challenge for a chance to sing at the mall on Christmas Eve. Super cheesy, I know, but it’s great.
The Nativity Story (2006)- While I no longer identify as Catholic/Christian, I still appreciate the beauty of the story of the Nativity. Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes bring the story to life, from the Annunciation to the birth of Jesus and the flight to Egypt.
Santa Clause 2 (2002)- Definitely my favorite of the trilogy, it follows Scott Calvin as he finds out that he needs to find a Mrs. Claus by Christmas or he “de-Santa-fies” and can no longer be Santa. Come on, it’s cute.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)- One of the original stop-motion classics, this one answers every question a kid has asked about Santa and how he came to be.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)- In this stop-motion classic, Santa gets sick at Christmas, and contemplates whether or not kids believe in him anymore. With the help of a couple elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa finds out that kids still and always will believe in him and the magic of Christmas.
Love Actually (2003)- I’m not big into most romantic comedies, but this one is pretty great. All the characters are connected somehow, which can be a little confusing. But each character’s individual story is relatable enough to keep my interest. Not to mention Bill Nighy’s iconic string of colorful language at the very beginning (I may or may not use said string of curse words on a regular basis…)
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)- This is my favorite retelling of the Dicken’s classic. It’s pretty dark and can be scary for kids, but it’s definitely the most accurate and true to the story. I’ve never been a fan of Jim Carrey’s slapstick stuff, but he did several character voices in this one and he did a fantastic job bringing Scrooge to life.
The Polar Express (2004)- I have no idea how they managed to take a 32-page kid’s book and turn it into a movie with a runtime of over an hour and a half, but they did it fantastically. The book was always one of my favorites, and I’m so glad that I have a little one to share that magic with now (even if she only sits for 5 minutes of it).
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)- This is my favorite OF ALL TIME. There are so many memorable lines in it and I love how it takes the doubt in Susan and her mom and turns it into belief in the wonder of Christmas, whether they believe Kris is Santa or not.
So grab your remote, some hot chocolate, and turn on those Christmas lights. These movies are sure to get you in the holiday mood.
Thanks for reading, and until tomorrow, friends!