I can’t let the holiday season pass by without watching all of my favorite feel-good movies at least once (or twice or three times!). Most of these movies are not that good, but I grew up watching them, so I feel a sense of nostalgia whenever it is time to bring them out in November and December. And is it just me, or have we not gotten as many Christmas movies in recent years, except for cheesy Hallmark movies?
9. The Family Stone (2005)
I can only watch this movie once during the holidays because it always makes me cry, but this movie is just so good and gives me all the feels.
8. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
I can appreciate this movie for what it is, but I do recognize that it is not perfect. I prefer the animated classic, but the live action version is always worth a watch.
7. The Holiday (2006)
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet trade houses and fall in love. What’s not to like about this holiday staple?
6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and 5. Home Alone (1990)
These movies were my worst nightmare as a kid: home alone on Christmas! The gags never get old and I will marathon these several times in November and December every year.
4. The Santa Clause (1994)
This movie came out when I still believed in Santa, but even years later when I was 10 years old watching this movie, I had that one little ounce of hope that Santa was real. I still get that feeling as an adult when I watch this movie, and I’m not ashamed of it!
3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
My husband hates this movie, but I can’t let Christmas pass without watching it at least once. I am honestly surprised that Hollywood hasn’t tried to remake this film.
2. Love, Actually (2003)
My husband and my friends make fun of this movie every chance they get, but I don’t even care. Yes, most of the characters are horrible, but there are so many cute romances. Plus, there is nothing more Christmas-y than Christmas in London.
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
I watch this movie at least once with my parents every year. It is like our a little Christmas tradition that still exists even after I’ve moved out. My dad will laugh like it is the first time he has seen it every time, and that is what I love most about watching this movie with him and my mom.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
It is amazing to me that both of these shows have stood the test of time and are still shown on TV, especially the Charlie Brown special.
Did your favorite make my list? Let me know in the comments!