The holiday season means something different to every person who observes it. For some, the most important aspect of this time of year is the precious time spent with friends and family. Others enjoy giving… by dedicating their time to special organizations, by baking sweet treats for those nearest and dearest to them, and by wrapping purchased gifts with red and green papers and ribbons.
For me, it’s all about tradition—baking my mom’s special recipe walnut muffins, enjoying a glass (or two or three) of “adult” eggnog while wrapping presents, listening to Harry Connick, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli belt out traditional holiday music as I drive around town looking for last-minute gifts, and carefully placing the Baby Jesus in the manger of our nativity set at midnight on Christmas Eve.
My list wouldn’t be complete without adding another of my holiday traditions… watching a few of my favorite holiday movies one more time. I’ve watched these films for as long as I can remember. I may not catch each one every single year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.
So, which movies do I want to see every December?
First, there’s the classic and light-hearted…
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3
By now, everyone that reads this blog knows that I love my scary movies… and while these flicks might not seem as scary to me today as they did when I watched them for the very first time, they still fall into this holiday category…
Black Christmas (2006)
Next, there are a few “darker” comedies…
And probably my favorite of all time…
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It doesn’t matter how old I am, how many times I’ve watched these movies, or how old a few of these actually are, they will always be considered classics and must-sees in my house!
Do you have any special holiday movies that you watch every year? If you had to choose just one, which is your favorite and why? I’d love to hear from you!