The weather forecast is calling for snow and ice, and lots of it! You have just enough time to stop at the store for last minute essentials, the post office for bills and the movie rental store for something to get you through the days that you will be trapped at your house. What do you choose? Here is a list of can’t miss holiday movies for those snowy days.
If you have kids, or are a kid at heart, here are three old standbys. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the cartoon version narrated by Boris Karloff, follows the attempt of the Grinch to steal Christmas from the Who’s in Whoville. The Grinch tires of hearing the joy and singing every year when the Who’s wake up on Christmas Day. This is a heartwarming film that can’t help but put a smile on your face. In Mickey’s Christmas Carole, Mickey stars as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck plays Ebenezer Scrooge. This is a cartoon adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carole”. A Charlie Brown Christmas follows Charlie and the gang as they prepare for a Christmas pageant. Charlie is given the task of finding the best Christmas tree he can and so he finds what can best be described as a twig with needles back because it needed love. This is wonderful Christmas movie that points out how unnecessary all the customary material things are to have a truly wonderful Christmas.
If you love classic movies, you can’t miss with these three movies. Miracle on 34th Street is an older movie about a girl who has faith in an older man who goes by the name Santa Claus. Santa is put in an institution for being crazy for believing he is Santa. Her faith ends up winning everyone over. The Bishop’s Wife, starring Cary Grant, is another older film about a guardian angel coming to help a bishop in a way that the bishop never saw coming. It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart, is a great movie about a man who always put himself last and is now in a desperate situation. A guardian angel comes to show him how important he is to the community and everyone around.
Action movies are not often thought of for holidays, but here are three that are sure hits. Die Hard One and Two follow the efforts of John McClane as he tries to save people from disaster over the holiday season. In the first Die Hard, he was supposed to be at a Christmas party with his wife when terrorists take over the building. He has to save as many of the hostages including his wife. In the second one, terrorists are trying to blow up a plane that may have his wife on it. This film also takes place over Christmas. Lethal Weapon stars Danny Glover and Mel Gibson as a mismatched team of police detectives. The movie takes place over Christmas.
A holiday movie list wouldn’t be complete without including one of my favorite holiday movies. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is a great comedy that follows the holiday adventures of the Griswolds as they attempt to host the family Christmas dinner at their house. From too many, and some uninvited, quibbling guests to seemingly non-working holiday lights, Clark tries to take everything in stride. That is until his usual hefty Christmas bonus is replaced by a small token of a gift. This movie also has a more or less happy ending, if you ignore the explosive sewer gas. At least that isn’t your family