Our Favorite Christmas Movies (and the women that make or break 'em)
Updated: Mar 26
We've put together a list of favorite holiday movies that get us inspired and motivated for the season of giving and family - and craziness.
Listed in no particular order, here they are:
1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
I mean, come on. The fact that we've ALL seen this movie a million times over and you can STILL laugh at it is amazing! Some funny lasts forever. Chevy Chase and his quotable lines aside, his wife Helen is someone we can easily relate to. A husband with a big heart that annoys us with his ways, a mom that still corrects you (for smoking or otherwise) well into adulthood, and trying to keep it all together and mesh with everyone's craziness. Yep. We get it girl.
And speaking of Clark's quotable lines - we can't let this go by without listing a few right?! Here's a few of the best:
1. Hallelujah. Holy shit. Where's the tylenol?
2. We're gonna have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny Fucking Kay.
3. I don't know what to say except, it's Christmas and we're all in misery.
4. Is your house on fire Clark?
5. Are you serious Clark?
6. The jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse (I need to make a sign of this one!)
7. Shitter's full!
2. The Family Stone
Does anyone else find it weird that both sisters ended up with the other brother? No judgement, it's cool if it can really work out but does it? Anyways, if you're willing to overlook this one part, man, this movie is great! And our favorite two women? Amy - played by Rachel McAdams, and Sybil - played by Diane Keaton. Of course the dad is an amazing display of patience, understanding, and humility but this is about the women today. I love that, even with her temperament, you can still see that Amy was a girl that took care of her peeps. I feel a kindred spirit there, not to mention she drives a beater (raise your hand if you're on this sad level with me?. It's cool, we'll get there eventually.) And the mom...well she actually annoys me sometimes, as I see my own mother in her a lot, but what I love about my mom is what I love about this character too. A free spirit that loves her family fiercely and doesn't apologize for it!
3. A Christmas Story
The ultimate classic that always takes me back and reminds me of my own childhood. No, I wasn't raised in the same era but that's what's great about it. We all have that vintage feeling of family traditions and remembering small parts of daily life that seem so long ago. It makes you miss it and feel nostalgic. And if you're not a single child, you either were the annoying little sibling, or you have one. Now, on to the mom. Can't we all relate to that fugly lamp?! I don't care if you and your man are completely in sync with each other's design style or not. There is ALWAYS that one item they think is amazing that you just wanna take a bat to. (In my case, I have fish tanks and deer heads around. Needless to say the door to that room stays shut. Ugh). While she may seem shy and meek, the mom proves anything but - gotta love it.
5. It's a Wonderful Life
Now I know I may be in the minority here (or maybe it's just my perspective because no one in my family likes this movie), but I have to represent. I LOVE, love, love this old movie and can never get enough of it. Yes it's long, so most times I watch it in halves, but I still cry every time. It's such a good reminder about love and family and what really matters. We all make sacrifices but we do it for the ones we love...and that's what makes it no longer a real sacrifice. Ugh, this movie still makes me cry every year at the end! I love it. Watching Mary (George's wife) in this one reminds me of myself and my strong women here. If you don't pay attention you could overlook it, but this chick is keepin' that whole house running, and the family happy all on her own. The kids, the house work, homework, and just making it all work with the little she is given. Amazing!
6. Home Alone 1 and 2
This fucking mom...this is not one of the good women we love to talk about but hey, we can't love em all. God, that mom.....nothing no one else has ever thought about her before but anyways...we still love these two movies. Where they went after Home Alone 2 I could care less, but I still crack up at these first two movies. And if you can get your own kids to watch them with you, even better. Of course most little kids (and adults) will always laugh at the physical humor of someone else getting hurt. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.
I am in love with Zoey Deschanel's voice. Yes, we can comment on how she overcomes her fear of singing in front of others and how women should all use this as inspiration to sing our own songs out loud...but that's not really why we love this movie. We just love it because it's funny. You either like Will Ferrell's humor or you don't. I personally love it. Cracks me up.
So, any of these make your top list too? Or do you have a favorite you need to share?!