Our 7 Favorite Movies That Have The Christmas Spirit
The Christmas season is one that can be felt everywhere. Christmas songs playing in malls and on the radio, festive decorations everywhere you look and Christmas Movies! Over the years there have been many, whether sweet movies from Hallmark or from anywhere else, they heighten the Holiday Spirit and fill us with the seasonal joy.
These are our favorite movies of the season.
1. Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell entertained us by putting on a comical performance in Elf. A man who was brought up in the North Pole, Buddy (Will Ferrell) is unable to “fit-in” the elf community. Causing havoc wherever he goes, due mainly to his size. Buddy sets forth for the US to find his true identity.
What We Like About It: We love this movie's comical value. With the amazing performance by a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Zoey Dechanel, James Caan, and Bob Newhart, Elf is a fun movie to watch and will definitely get you in the Christmas Spirit.
Fun Fact: Walking through Lincoln Tunnel in his Elf costume, Will Ferrell caused not one, but several minor traffic accidents. People were really surprised to see him in an elf outfit.
2. Home Alone 2 (1992)
If there is a movie that's synonymous with Christmas, its Home Alone. Whether you prefer the first or second movie, Home Alone carries themes related to family and forgiveness.
Set one year after the first movie, Kevin McCallister played by Macaulay Culkin, ends up alone during the holidays due to some mishaps. In this one, he ends up in New York alone. Left to navigate the “Big Apple” by himself while trying to escape the criminals that are after him, Kevin finds a way to outsmart them using traps and tricks. Home Alone is a must watch for Christmas
What We Like About It: The iconic film brings back memories from Christmases gone by. When we would just wake up and head straight for the tree to get to the presents, ah simpler times. The Home Alone movies are also extremely entertaining to watch and never gets old.
Fun Fact: Actor Macaulay Culkin was paid a whopping $4.5 million for starring in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. The biggest paycheck ever to be paid to a child.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
A classic by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch has been depicted many times since he first appeared in 1957. We love the movie that came out in year 2000, staring world renowned comedian Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey portrays the Grinch perfectly, as the anti-holiday creature that is intent on ruining Christmas for the citizens of Whoville. The grumpy furry creature sneaks into the town to steal everything holiday related. However, after meeting Cindy Lou Who (character played by Taylor Momsen), the Grinch comes to terms with the season and eventually joins in the festivities.
What we like about it: This Christmas classic has lessons for everyone, no matter what your age. From the importance of the holidays to forgiveness and being with friends and family for the season. The film is also hilarious.
Fun Fact: Director Ron Howard once directed an entire day of filming, in the Grinch suit with full makeup.
4. Gremlins (1984)
If you haven't seen Gremlins, go and watch it. It's not really a "Christmas" kind of movie, but it is a Christmas themed comedy-horror film that is just so much fun.
Billy (Zach Galligan) receives a gift from his father , Randall Peltzer (Hoyt Axton), for Christmas. It's a furry creature called a “mogwai”, that Billy names Gizmo. There are 3 important rules when caring for a mogwai as a pet; don't expose him to sunlight, don't get him wet and don't ever (even if he begs) feed him after midnight.
Billy somehow breaks all 3 of these rules and unleashes an army of ugly, misbehaving creatures called Gremlins, on the town he lives in.
What we like about it: Although it is technically a horror film, it is also very comical in a way. The Gremlins though mischievous little monsters, portray many human-like behaviours that we would recognize. Very interesting to watch.
Fun Fact: Mogwai in means devil, demon or gremlin, in Cantonese Chinese, and is pronounce mogui in Mandarin.
5. Bad Santa
This hilarious seasonal comedy centres around a miserable conman duo posing as Santa and his little helper, plotting to rob a department store. Issues arise when their plot is discovered by the security chief of the mall and Willie T. Stokes (the main character played by Billy Bob Thornton) befriends a young kid.
What We Like About It: This movie is full of bellyaching laughs thanks to the hilarious situations the characters get themselves into, though it's not one for the kids.
Fun Fact: Czech Republic's titled the film, is translated to “Santa is a Pervert”.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton's films are always exciting and very different. Nightmare Before Christmas is no exception. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town discovers a town with a completely different concept, Christmas Town, as he was wandering through the woods. Enchanted by the bright lights and energetic atmosphere of the town, Jack seeks to understand the concept of Christmas. His obsession with the new found concept, eventually leads him to take up the role of ‘Santa'.
What We Like About It: The movie used stop motion animation which was truly amazing. Filled with unique characters and concepts (from the mind of Tim Burton) as well as some nice music this is a fun watch for everyone.
Fun Fact: It took 3 years and 100 people to complete The Nightmare Before Christmas. As one second of film, required up to 12 stop motion moves.
7. Jingle All The Way (1996)
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes us laugh in this one, with his portrayal of a father who vowed to get his son an action figure for Christmas. Unfortunately, Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is constantly so busy that he forgot to get the present before the Christmas Eve.
As a result, he goes to great lengths to find the very popular 'Turbo Man' action figure he promised his son, but the toy is sold out everywhere.
What We Like About It:
It is a joyful movie that has an emphasis on “family” and promises, this time of year. And, it's Arnold goofing off. Super hilarious!
* Fun Fact:*
The story was inspired by a real life frenzy back in the 1980s over the Cabbage Patch dolls.
What are your favorite seasonal movies? Tell us in the comments below.