10 BEST HOLIDAY MOVIES TO WATCH WITH YOUR FAMILY
Recently, I had the good fortune to visit my college-age daughter in Santa Barbara. While we made the most of walking on the beach (72 degrees and sunny in November!) sight-seeing, window shopping and meeting up with her new friends, my favorite time was snuggling together on her bed , under a cozy throw watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles on her laptop. The “pillow scene” never fails to throw us into fits of laughter. While decorating cookies, cutting your own Christmas tree, and stringing lights are great for family bonding, be sure to take time this holiday season to kick back in front of the tube (pj’s are optional but recommended) and revisit a Yuletide classic. Following is a list of my favorites, in no particular order. (Word of caution: Taste is subjective and age-range should be taken into consideration before doling out the popcorn.)
Admittedly, this movie is about going home for Thanksgiving, not Christmas, and it’s nearly 30 years old with an R rating (the f-word makes an appearance in one over-the-top scene), but still, the laughs are as relevant today for the two down-and-out-travelers played by John Candy and Steve Martin as they were in the 80’s.
Another ‘80’s classic (though it’s set in the late 1930’s or early 40’s) with timeless appeal about 9 year old Ralphie’s not-so-subtle plan to sway his parents into getting him “an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range, model air rifle Red Ryder BB gun” for Christmas.
This all time favorite star’s Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. When a pair of bumbling burglars show up, Kevin proves to be more resourceful than his family is previously led to believe. Definitely for the whole family!
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole (played by who else but Will Ferrell) is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
This one gets a nod partly for the fun, but mostly because of the familiar locales seen thoughout, including Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner and Linden Hills.