Nessa Clark

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Top 5 Classic Holiday Movies For Your Family to Enjoy this Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the season is the buildup of your favorite holidays. No one can wait for the excitement that Christmas and Hanukkah bring to those who celebrate with family gatherings and gift-giving. One way we love to celebrate the season is by enjoying our favorite holiday movies every year.

Whether you’re young or old, here are 5 classic movies to put you in the holiday spirit this coming season. 

  1. Holiday Inn 

Jim, played by Bing Crosby, is bogged down by the fast life of show business, and he decides to purchase an old inn that only opens on holidays so that he only has to work 15 days a year. Jim hires a pretty girl to help him, and there is a special song and dance number for every holiday. But he ends up vying for her affections with Fred Astaire’s character, the dashing Ted Hanover. It’s a funny movie with an emphasis on Christmas and is sure to bring the nostalgic holiday feeling into your home. The only warning that comes with this movie is that there is a portrayal of blackface for Abraham’s birthday.

  1. Nightmare Before Christmas 

When you’re caught between Halloween and Christmas, you may be unsure of what movie to put on. That’s the beautiful thing about Nightmare Before Christmas, it is both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie. Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, wants to bring the spirit of Christmas to his holiday, but it goes terribly wrong. It is especially enjoyable if you are in the mood for a nontraditional holiday movie.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Many families don’t let a year go by without watching It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey, played by James Stewart, feels hopeless as his business fails and wonders if his family is better off without him. An angel comes into his life to show him how life for his family would have looked had he never been born. It’s heartwarming and emotional, and it’s a great movie choice when you want a reminder of what Christmas is truly about.

  1. A Christmas Story 

Ralphie Parker narrates his story one year for Christmas to convince his parents, Santa, and teachers that he should get a Red Ryder BB gun, and gets into some ridiculous situations along the way. It is a classic comedy done in true 1980’s fashion and has many quotable lines that anyone who watches will remember for the rest of their life. If you’ve ever heard someone say “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” or “I Triple-Dog-Dare Ya!” then you’ll recognize them in the movie.

  1. White Christmas 

White Christmas is arguably one of the best Christmas movies of all time. It’s another Bing Crosby movie, where two war vets head up to their commander’s country inn when they learn of its financial difficulties. To bring business back, two showgirls follow them up, and the four plan a big musical Christmas show to save the inn! It’s a heartwarming movie with lots of laughs and emphasizes the sacrifices veterans made for their country.

Forget your stresses and bring the holiday spirit into your home by popping some popcorn, grabbing a blanket, and turning on one of these 5 classic movies. Your family will be in the holiday spirit in no time.