I love holiday movies – especially listening to them whilst trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or doing some baking. I didn’t grow up with TV so it’s not the TV specials I look forward to but just a few movies – even though most of them aren’t technically holiday. Even so, I keep them tucked away with my holiday trimmings and pull them out when the tree comes out.
The Holiday: I’m usually not a romantic comedy fan but I fell for this movie (the tent the daughter’s built actually made it onto my bucket list of things to do). A British woman and an American switch homes during the holidays and charm, truths and hilarity ensue. I really loved both homes decor so I’d watch it just for that.
Little Women: This movie encapsulates the spirit and romance of Christmas – give, love, share, enjoy – no matter what film version you like to watch. I’m partial to the 1994 version, myself.
Family Stone: This film also encapsulates the holidays but in a very different way by showing modern day family life – the quirks, the challenges, the changes. I think it’s just such a charming, funny and heart-warming film about family bonds at Christmas and beyond.
Meet Me In St. Louis: I get a little misty every time every time Judy Garland sings “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Such a beautiful movie, a wonderful musical, and somehow Christmassy with a few wintry scenes.
Eloise at Christmastime: I thought this children’s movie would annoy me but somehow, the story of a girl living at the Plaza hotel and taking a day to go shopping for gifts, well, it charmed me.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A classic although I didn’t see it until about two years ago. I’ve been in-love with it ever since.
Elf : My favourite part? “I’m in a stooooooore! And I am siiiiiinging!” I love this movie with it’s charm and wit and the complete way in which Wil Ferrel commits to being elf. Plus, I have a slight crush on Zooey Deschanel in this role. And the soundtrack is wonderful.
Anne of Green Gables: Not holiday but both this and the sequel have holiday moments in them. And they’re charming and sweet enough for the holidays.
The Bells of St. Mary’s: Again, not a holiday movie but I seem to have only ever seen it during the holidays. Although, one of my favourite scenes in a movie ever is with the children as they practice for the holiday play!
Little House on the Prairie: Officially not a movie, the Ingalls first Christmas in Walnut Grove gets me every time. Bonus: you can watch it on YouTube! If this doesn’t make you feel the spirit, I don’t know what will.