Top Five Holiday Films

by Emery W. 


Christmas; almost everyone’s both favorite, and most hated part of the year. A time when the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers causes even the sweetest of souls to show their dark side (aka, retail workers. Bless your souls). However, it’s also a great time to get together with family and close friends to remind each other what the real reason for Christmas is.

One of my favorite past times has always been spending cold, weekend nights in when the occasional Texas winter would rear its icy little head. As a kid, up until now, I still love putting on pajamas, making hot chocolate and popcorn, and watching some of my favorite Christmas films with the people I love most. The only difference is that the hot chocolate may have hint of Khaluah in it.

I’ve compiled a short list of my five favorite holiday films to watch during the snowy season

1. A Christmas Story


Any film that is played for 24 hours straight on any holiday is worth the top title. I’ll admit, I lived 24 years of life before sitting down to watch this movie from start to finish, and I was not disappointed. A great watch for all-ages, A Christmas Story provides a good message, lots of laughs, and quite possibly one of the greatest lines in Christmas cinematic history, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

2. E.L.F.


Another family-friendly comedy starting none other than the hilarious Will Ferrell himself. A film that teaches everyone about the true spirit of the holidays, and the importance of family. Not to mention, we get to see a rare, bangless and blonde Zooey Deschanel.

3. Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas


One of my best friends from college watches this movie year-round, and there’s no wonder why. It modernizes a children’s classic, and gives flesh to cartoon drawings. It holds true to the core values of the Dr. Seuss book while making it meaningful to both children and adults.

4. The Holiday


A movie that’s on its way to becoming a true classic. I’ve seen a lot of people try to compare this film to Love, Actually (which I’ve never seen), and this film is given a higher rating. Possibly because it’s’ newer. In my opinion, it’s wholesome and sweet. The idea of trading houses with someone from another country is incredible if you’re into that sort of thing. It follows the story of both women beautifully, splitting screen time equally. A must-watch.

5. A Christmas Carol


There are numerous versions of this Dickens’ Christmas classic to choose from, and all of them will tell the story brilliantly. Yes, even the Muppets. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, and how the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future guide him through his life, and teach him the true meaning of the holiday season.

While there are so many amazing Christmas movies, it’d be impossible to list them all. These are the five that are a must-watch. There’re eight days left until Christmas. I suggest you grab some snacks, and get to watching!