If you’re looking for some feel-good, Holiday Cheer, take a look at these Christmas classics. I love to watch these movies every year!
10. A Castle for Christmas
This Netflix original is new, but no less a classic. Writer Sophie Brown flies off to Scotland after her most recent novel was poorly received. She falls in love with a small town castle, which is up for sale by the Duke of Dunbar. Sophie puts in a bid, which is accepted by Myles, the Duke, under a few conditions: she must keep on the staff, the property won’t switch hands until Christmas Day, and she must move in immediately so Duke Myles can teach her how to maintain the place. All the while, Sophie is trying to write her next novel, and having a hard time getting the words on paper. I think everyone can guess how it ends. The movie is cute, sassy, and most definitely feel-good. It’s the perfect movie to kick off the Christmas season.
9. The Holiday
An English woman and an American woman trade places, swapping houses for the holidays. This Holiday would prove fruitful in more ways than one. The ladies find friendship, love, holiday cheer, and themselves. It’s a favorite of mine, and not just because Jude Law is fine AF.
I had to include a horror movie in here. It wouldn’t be a Vanri list without horror. This movie is all about getting along with the people you love and appreciating what you have. Otherwise, Krampus will get ya. It’s not so much a feel-good movie, but it’s a good one to explore German Christmas mythology in a modern setting.
7. Love Actually
This one is a must-watch. It’s all about love: romantic love, familial love, and more. This movie really demonstrates the reason for the season. And it’s funny to boot.
This movie is much sillier, but Buddy the Elf is Christmas embodied. He is filled with joy and Christmas Cheer, and remains so even after the cynics of New York try to break him of it. This is a must-watch every Christmas for my sister and me.
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Who doesn’t love a good Dr. Seuss movie? And Jim Carrey? GOLD.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life
Learning to see and appreciate the blessings that you have in your life is as Christmas as Christmas can get. My sister and I watch this movie every year on Christmas Eve and always yell “MERRY CHRISTMAS MOVIE HOUSE!” along with George at the end.
3. Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer
This is a real classic. I loved this movie as a kid. This movie was the reason I loved December as a child. I hated snow, and Christmas Day was okay, but RUDOLPH. Rudolph was the best part of Christmas.
2. The Polar Express
This movie filled me with wonder and joy. Apparently the book is better, but I love the movie so much I don’t want to read the book because it will ruin the movie for me.
1. The Family Stone
This is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I’m not sure if it’s the story, how it makes me feel, or the attractive cast, but it’s great. I try to find a way to watch it every year.
I know, I didn’t include A Christmas Story, but that’s because I hate that movie with a passion. It was shoved down my throat by my school as a kid. What are your favorite Holiday movies? Let me know in the comments!