Ho Ho Ho! ‘Tis the season to be jolly. You better not cry, because Santa Claus is certainly coming to town this Christmas.
For most, Christmas day is the climax of celebrations, after which the New Year begins, and people go about with their lives. But in reality, the real celebration (the 12 days of Christmas) begins on 25th December, and ends on 6th January.
To get into the holiday spirit, I usually like to get into a cozy blanket, with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and watch classic Christmas movies that air on TV all day long. I’m making a list, I’m checking it twice, so be sure to check these movies out during the holidays, to get into the holiday spirit.
Santa’s Apprentice (2011)
This is probably my favorite holiday movies, it’s just too cute!
Santa Claus has to appoint his new apprentice, who has to be an orphan whose heart is pure. Santa chooses Nicholas, a boy from Sydney and takes him to the North Pole to train him to become a new Santa once he retires. Nicholas does his best to succeed, and make Santa proud, despite the many hurdles that come in his path.
Father Christmas (1991)
It revolves around what Santa does in the other 364 (or 365) days of the year. Everyone thinks that his work starts and ends on Christmas Eve. But that’s not true at all! He has to take care of his reindeer, tend to his garden and, of course, do shopping. After so many years of hard work, he decides to take a well-deserved vacation and has many adventures in different places. When he goes back to work, he faces many more difficulties, but he manages to save Christmas just in time.
Home Alone (1990)
Another one of my absolute favorites, I’ve probably seen this film around a hundred times (not even an exaggeration). The McCallister family has made an elaborate plan to spend Christmas in Paris, but they forget one very important thing: their youngest kid, Peter. Will the Sticky Bandits get their claws on him, or will he be able to outwit them and celebrate the Christmas spirit all alone?
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Disney’s animated take on Charles Dickens’ classic novel follows one of the most famous characters in literature, Ebenezer Scrooge, on his path to redeem his past deeds, after witnessing what the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come shows him. He now treats everyone with kindness, generosity, and compassion and embodies the spirit of Christmas.
Love Actually (2003)
This movie shows different aspects of love, through ten separate stories revolving around completely different people, many of which are shown to be interlinked as the film goes on. The story begins five weeks before Christmas and a weekly countdown is followed until the holiday. It is a very feel-good movie and is a perfect film to watch when you’re tired or have had a long day.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
This film follows Charles Dickens, around the time he wrote his classic novel, ‘The Christmas Carol. The main character of the novel- Ebenezer Scrooge is actually inspired by his father (John Dickens). We get to see how the book was formulated, by his circumstances, and what he saw around him, and why the book ends the way it does.
The Polar Express (2004)
On Christmas Eve, a young boy who is growing bitterly skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus almost misses, but eventually embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. There he learns friendship, bravery and what the spirit of the holiday is all about. He realizes as an adult that as long as he believes in Santa, he will be able to hear the bell that was given to him by Santa.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Grinch is a misanthropic and egotistical green creature, who hates Christmas, and the residents of Whoville (the Whos). He tries to destroy the holiday for the citizens, but his plans fail because of Cindy Lou. She discovers his tragic past and tries to understand him and make him a better person.
Elsa has secret powers and is isolated from the world ever since she was a child. But at her coronation, all hell breaks loose, and people start viewing her as a monster. She runs away before she harms anyone else. Her sister, Anna, embarks on a journey to find her and bring her back. Will the kingdom be safe, or will both the sisters’ lives be in peril?
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1998)
A poll by the Hollywood Reporter claims that this film is the most beloved holiday movie. That’s probably because Rudolph, in particular, is associated with holidays the most (due to the popularity of the Christmas carol of the same name). It revolves around the life of Rudolph, a reindeer with a shiny red nose, and how he struggled to accept this unusual fact about himself, but eventually did.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
On Christmas Eve, George Bailey is thinking of committing suicide. An angel is assigned to save him. He shows him what the world would be like if he didn’t exist, in an alternate world. When he realizes that the whole town has gone astray, his brother has died because he wasn’t there to save him, he decides that he wants to come back and live his life.
Frosty The Snowman (1969)
On Christmas Eve, in a school, a teacher hires a magician for the entertainment of the students at the party. But he runs away after the failure of his first trick. The children go on to make a snowman, which suddenly comes alive due to the magician’s hat. This film revolves around Karen, and Frosty, the snowman, and the many adventures they have.