the friday five: deck the halls

Another week gone, which means Christmas is only getting closer. I can hardly believe that tomorrow marks the first of December… I feel like my birthday was just last week!

I’m keeping today’s Friday Five post short, sweet and to the point. In honor of tomorrow marking the 25 days until Christmas countdown (so excited to finally dig in to my advent calendar!), I’m counting down my five favorite Christmas movies of all-time.

5. Noel. Ok — so many of you probably have never even heard of this movie, but this was a classic in my house growing up. It was actually a TV movie about a cheerful Christmas ornament with a certain “happiness” that rubs off on the family he lives with. Never heard of it? You can actually watch it here.

 

4. The Year Without a Santa Claus: This is one of my dad’s absolute favorite movies and he knows the words to all of the songs. You can find him humming, “I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow,” all the way up until Christmas Eve. Between the awesome old-fashioned claymation and really catchy tunes, it’s hard for this not to become an instant favorite.

 

3. The [Original] Grinch: While Jim Carrey is great, to me there is nothing better than the original Grinch. I always loved the big message behind the movie —“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

 

2. The Polar Express. When this movie first came out, I wasn’t too interested in seeing it to be honest. I was all about the classics — Frosty, Rudolph, you get the idea. But as someone who’s now nearing her mid-twenties (woah, that’s weird to say), and still believes in the magic of Christmas and Santa, this movie really hit home and always manages to make me tear up.

 

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It is a family ritual to watch this movie at least a dozen times in the weeks leading up to Christmas. My family can practically recite the entire movie by heart. There’s nothing I look forward to more every year than putting this on Christmas Eve and laughing with my family until our insides hurt. Even after all these years – it’s still our favorite. Here’s one of my favorite parts of the movie.

 

While these movies are definitely some of my favorites, there are so many more that I look forward to watching every year. Buddy the Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Claus, A Christmas Story… the list goes on and on. My favorite part of all of them though is spending time with my loved ones during my absolute favorite time of the year.

What are your favorite holiday movies? I’d love to hear them!

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