I love my cheesy Christmas movies. I just finished watching one that’s still sticking with me…because every house in it had snow on the ground, but their lawns were perfectly green and the snow didn’t land anywhere that snow normally does. Is it weird to fixate on those things? I’m not the only one, right?
The following movies, though, are classics — the best Christmas movies to watch as a family every Christmas for years. So grab a bowl of popcorn, and a nice warm cup of cocoa and snuggle up on the couch for a bit. And to truly test your knowledge as a Christmas movie connoisseur, try the movie line match-up quiz at the bottom!
Home Alone — such a fun, slapstick movie with tricks and booby traps that seem like they could only come from the mind of a kid. There’s a reason it stayed in theatres well into the next summer when it came out.
White Christmas — we just watched this last weekend. We do it once a season, every year. The songs…the dancing…just good Christmas comfort watching.
Charlie Brown Christmas — we have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. I’m not sure how it’s going to hold up all our ornaments. Another movie we have to watch at least once a season.
The Santa Clause — what happens when an ordinary man realizes he’s Santa Claus? Goofy puns, a little slapstick comedy, and an improved relationship with those he loves most.
Elf — I remember watching this in the theater and laughing out loud — Will Ferrell as a naive, cheerful elf trying to find his way in New York City is just magic.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas — read the book and watch the movie together. A heartwarming tale about how the grinch finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life — you can’t go wrong with Jimmy Stewart and crew. Another one to watch every year.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — it’ll make you feel better. And anytime something goes wrong during the Christmas season at your house, you’ll find yourself quoting a scene from this movie. It has swearing and some mild adult situations, so definitely watch it first before showing it to the kids.
A Christmas Story — a funny, nostalgic (sort of) movie where a man reminisces about being a kid at Christmas. And the leg lamp scene is a hoot. Common Sense Media recommends it for kids 8 and up — there is some mild swearing and a memorable scene where it’s obvious Ralphie says the “F-word,” though you only hear him say “fudge.”
So — how many of these movies do you know well? Wanna test your knowledge? Click on the picture below to print out your own quiz sheet.
If you’re having trouble getting the pdf, you can also click here to print it.
Have fun and happy viewing!
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