Is there any denying that one of the best things about the holidays is all of the yummy treats we get to indulge in? That one month of the year where we have every excuse in the world to sample and sip the yummiest of treats and drinks? In our house, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home, and the food and drinks we consume are a social experience; a ritual of sorts – it’s what brings us together in a time and space to share with one another.
One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is all of the amazing holiday films that start playing on TV. I love how as kids, we used to wait for our favourites to be announced, and all of the memories that go along with watching a classic. However, since moving to a small town where we don’t have cable TV, and rely solely on Netflix, I’ve had to put together my own list of holiday classics to watch each year.
This year, I decided to do a family poll to make sure we had all of our bases covered! My family has a group text-chat that we converse on almost daily, so last week I threw out the question, “What is your all-time favourite Christmas movie?” It was so fun, watching the answers roll in, and seeing how everyone else responded to each-other’s choices. My mom didn’t chime in for about an hour, and when she opened her phone, she had over 93 missed texts in that chat – so you can tell that we had a pretty in-depth conversation!
I knew my dad would choose The Sound of Music, even though it’s not technically a Christmas movie, and my husband stated right away that my mom would most definitely pick “The Nativity”. My brother chose Home Alone 2 specifically – and just reading his answer immediately took me back to the countless times, as kids, that we rewound the scene where Marv gets electrocuted (if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly which scene I’m talking about. In fact I’m giggling out loud as I type this). One of my sisters chose One Magic Christmas – a bit of a diamond in the rough as far as classic Christmas movies go, but we grew up on it and all love it; one chose Love Actually, which is fast becoming a classic in its own right. And my kiddos, finally being old enough to have an opinion, chose Elf – because it’s funny, and The Polar Express – because it’s pure magic.
There’s just something about a great story that warms your heart, and can magically take you back in time – especially at Christmas, which is why I think so many of the truly great seasonal stories resonate with so many of us, and can be watched again and again and again.
So, without further ado, I present – for your viewing pleasure – our family’s Christmas Movie Checklist! I know I haven’t included every great holiday movie out there – this is just what my family came up with – and I would love to hear what your favourite Christmas movies are! What would you add to this Christmas Movie Checklist?