‘Tis the Season to Nest

With the Holiday Season upon us, and with some well-earned time off, hopefully you have a day or two in between visits with friends and families to hunker down and get reacquainted with your couch!  Sometimes it’s fun to just stay in your pajamas and watch movies all day.  And it wouldn’t be the Holidays without watching some Christmas Movies.

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of the 50 Best Christmas Movies of All Time.  Everyone’s tastes are different, but here’s a summary of some to think about.

# 46 HOME ALONE (1990)

If you’ve got kids, you’ll be surprised to see this movie barely made the top 50.  This story starring Maculey Culkin as 10-year-old Kevin fighting two inept burglars while home alone is a mainstay for many families.  The sequels made after?  Well that’s another story.

#45 NATIONAL LAMPOONS CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

Ranking just behind Home Alone is another classic if you grew up in the 80’s.  The story of Clark Griswold who can’t help but overdue the expectations of an old-fashioned Christmas with his extended family is full of laughs and memorable quotes.  If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised. – Clark Griswold

 #25 ELF (2003)

Will Ferrell is at his best as a human raised by Elves in this 2003 comedy.  Directed by Jon Favreau before he was making Marvel movies, this lighthearted comedy has laughs for both adults and children.  Son! Of a nutcracker! has become a famous quote on everything from T-shirts to mugs.

 # 11 DIE HARD (1988)

This movie featured Alan Rickman before his Harry Potter fame as the bad guy, and this other up and comer you might have heard of named Bruce Willis.  Is it a holiday movie or an action film that takes place over the holidays?  To be discuss….

# 3 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar playing Kris Kringle, who serves as a last-minute replacement to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  After being hired to play Santa at Macy’s however there are second thoughts as the management find out Kris believes he’s the real Saint Nick.  It’s up to the court to decide if he’s the real Santa Claus and what that really means.

#1 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

A Christmas Eve tradition for many, it seems no matter what kind of cable package you have, you’ll be able to catch this 1946 classic during the holidays.  Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, who in the opening scene considers himself a failure and is considering suicide.  It’s up to an angel who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings to show George what a difference, he has made to so many, and what a wonderful life he has had.

 

There are so many great movies to watch over the holidays.  To see Rotten Tomatoes full list go to:

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-christmas-movies/

And regardless of what you do over the holiday season, may it be full of joy, laughter, happiness and quality time with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

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