While it doesn’t mean they are Christmas movies, I’ve always felt myself drawn to pulling these DVDs out as soon as Thanksgiving ends and December begins. It’s so nice to sit on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, and hot chocolate at your side with one of these movies on. With the holiday decorations up, it adds to the atmosphere of enjoying a good movie with friends or family.
Below is my list of absolutely must-watches this holiday season!
Bridget Jones’s Diary
A hilarious British rom-com involving a 30-something-year-old. Bridget is trying to kick her dirty vices of smoking and drinking for the New Year. Meanwhile, she gets wrapped up in an office romance that turns sour. On the side, an old acquaintance is eyeing her but their awkward encounters leave them clueless as to how they really feel for each other. Two of the biggest appeals for this movie: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Also, who doesn’t want to see these two ruffle and tussle in the snow in a fight over Bridget? Would recommend spiking your hot chocolate with Bailey’s to go along enjoying this movie!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
In the very first of a series following Harry Potter’s adventures, the Sorcerer’s Stone is a great holiday movie because it introduces us to the magic of Harry’s new world. Young Harry is so innocent to magic and what he can do. Everyone loves him, we discover Hogwarts for the first time, and we can watch as his friendships blossom after fighting a troll and saving the sorcerer’s stone from an evil dark wizard! My favorite scenery is when the castle is alight with snow and Harry, wrapped up in a Gryffindor scarf, is out with his owl, Hedwig.
No Christmas holiday is complete without seeing Elf! In this cute family-friendly movie, Buddy the Elf travels to New York to find his real father. Seeing Buddy adjust to our world with his extremely positive attitude is so fun. He has an awkward encounter with a department store Santa, brings the Christmas spirit to those around him, and shows us a new way to eat spaghetti (maple syrup anyone?). It’s a fun movie for everyone!
For those of a suitable age, Love Actually is the first and last movie I have to see this holiday season. Come December 1st and December 25, I will be popping this movie in my DVD player to enjoy! What isn’t there to love about love? We get glimpses of love in the form of friendships and romance, not all of which are successful but it does have a heartwarming ending. There’s humor spread throughout and it feels like getting a hug from your favorite actors. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and so much more make this wonderful ensemble!