Favorite Movies to Watch During the Holidays

(From House of Geekery) One of the best part of the holidays is the plethora of movies we enjoy watching to go with the holiday spirit. These may not be “holiday movies” to everyone but to our authors, they’re just right for this time of year.
Love Actually (2003)
by Jamie
Love Actually is the romantic comedy to watch around the winter holidays. An ensemble piece, Love Actually featured stories from almost 20 people looking for ways to find, keep, or avoid love during the most magical time of year. This is a movie that even those who despise the rom-com genre will enjoy, and perfect for geeks with appearances by Rick Grimes, Professor Snape, Ra’s Al Ghul, Bilbo Baggins, and more. The movie is chock full of celebrities, each with their own story. What I love about ensemble pieces is that you get just enough of each storyline to be satisfied without getting bored. Love Actually does what some ensemble pieces fail to do; it connects each story in a humorous and sometimes adorable way. Love Actually truly is one of the best romantic comedies made and one of my favorites to watch during the holiday season.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
by Drew
This is probably one of the least Christmas-ish movies on the list, because it doesn’t have anything to do with the Christmas spirit, generosity, presents, or anything like that. So why does it get to be on a Christmas list? Because it has Michelle Monaghan running around in a Santarina outfit for most of the movie, complete with mini furry skirt, red stockings, and Christmas cleavage. Who wouldn’t want to see that under their tree on Christmas morning?
Die Hard (1988)

y Paul
Die Hard will always be the classic that brings you a “side eyed” reaction from ordinary people when you mention it as your favorite Christmas movie. What better way to celebrate the Holiday of giving than by watching Bruce Willis kill terrorists with an assortment of guns and one-liners? When people argue against Die Hard being a Christmas movie I bring up the obvious: It has Christmas music, its set during a Christmas party at CHRISTMAS TIME and it even has Christmas references. Adding to the essential holiday formula is the plot, which largely focuses on a man having to overcome impossible odds in order to reunite with his family during Christmas time. So not only does it have your typical Christmas movie set-up but it’s an incredibly fun ride that can be watched and enjoyed by all members of the family, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from the normal Christmas fare. Yippie-Ki-Yay Santa Claus!
Jingle All the Way (1996)
by Paul
Jingle All the Way is a hilarious look at the absolute madness of last second shopping for the hottest toy during the holiday season. Almost every parent that had to buy their child a toy during this season can relate to this movie as it brings back familiar memories of Tickle-Me Elmo, Furbies and Tamogotchis. Aside from the commentary on how far people will go to get the hottest gift for their child it also has a pretty heartwarming story at its center that revolves around a father and son relationship. You have the Dad that’s always too busy with work for his family and the son that values that friendship more than any materialistic toy money could buy. Throw in some ridiculous scenarios, funny one-liners and the usual Christmas time cheer and you get a perfect recipe for a Holiday movie in my eyes.

Home Alone (1990)

by Marcey
One of the earliest films I remember seeing in the theater as a kid was Home Alone, and at the tender age of 6 or 7 this was one of the best times I had. I was with my cousin who was a few years older than me, and my oldest sister had taken us. After we saw the film, we practically acted it out and it was an obsession for many years. As I got older, I kept the Home Alone love alive and it has become a must-watch for me at Christmas time. It is one of the first Christmas films I saw and it is loaded with fun. Sure it can be silly and not at all realistic, but why should it be? It’s every kids dream to be left alone, and be the master – and heck even beat the bad guys. The film contains great performances from Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara with a memorable cameo from the late John Candy. The script by John Hughes was great, and this was Chris Columbus at
his best as director. It is a great Christmas/Holiday film, one for the entire family no matter your ages.

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