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.

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Online since 1995, Alex has been creating web sites to help people do and connect offline. She believes in living well, living simply and coffee as a verb. She immigrated to America in 1999 and currently resides in a very hygge 1925 Hunting Lodge in California's Santa Monica Mountains with her dog, Scout.

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  1. I love Elf too, it is so cute, isn’t it? You know, I’ve never seen It’s A Beautiful Life. I must see that this year, it’s such a classic – I’m ashamed!!

  2. I love love love Elf. I think I have seen it 3 times this season. I love when he tries to put the star on top of the Christmas tree, the one he took out of Central Park! I have White Christmas waiting in the wings right now…

  3. I love Elf too!
    I also love A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We watch that one EVERY year.

  4. As a big fan of Anne of Green Gables and Little House, I would like to recommend All I Want for Christmas. It’s set in recent times but warms my heart in the same way.

  5. I also really love to watch “Little Women” at the holidays – the one with Winona Ryder!

  6. The Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol and Love Actually are Christmas essentials for my family.

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