It’s tradition in my house to wake up, open gifts, eat breakfast and lay on the couch and watch movies all day, mimosa in hand Christmas morning. We aren’t rushing from house to house delivering gifts, my mother isn’t trapped in the kitchen preparing a huge meal (we nosh and snack mostly) and I’m not running around trying to make the house presentable for guests (although we do welcome drop-ins with the understanding that you’re not an official “guest” and should fix a drink and make a plate like a resident).
With that said, If you’re looking to have a chill day at home, here are a list of must-see movies that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. What I love about them is that they are able to give you the good feels the holiday season brings without hitting you over the head with the message.
The Holiday: The Holiday combines everything I love in a movie – beautiful set design (I love Kate Winslets quaint London cottage and Cameron Diaz’s modern California mansion is to die!) a touching love story, and a charming cast.
Steel Magnolia’s: So this may not be an official holiday movie but part of the movie takes place over the holiday so I’ve included it in this list. It’s my mother and I’s tradition to watch this and weep and laugh over mimosa’s (yeah mimosa’s are a thing in my household).
Home Alone: How can you NOT include this movie on a top holiday movies list? Every time it’s on I have to watch it, and even though I know all of the tricks up Kevin McCallister’s sleeve I still get a huge kick out of them!
You’ve Got Mail: OK so this is another one that can be filed under “not your typical holiday movie”. However, once again a big part of the movie takes place over the holiday’s so it counts :). It also has my top 3 essentials for a great movie- awesome casting, gorgeous set design( HELLO! It takes place in NY over Autumn through Spring and anyone who knows and loves New York knows those months are the most gorgeous) and the love story is so sweet it just may give you a toothache.
So guys, what are your favorite holiday movies? Do you have any traditions that you’ve carried with you over the years? I’d love to know in the comments below!