It’s the most wonderfultime of the year! Finally, the time has come to watch movies without feeling guilty aboutneglecting studying!  At least, for some of us. The rest of you… you’re almost there, you can do it!

Christmas movies are fantastic because they remind us about the important things when it comes to Christmas.  Not the gifts, not the decorations, but the heart.  That’s onething you can’t buy someone for Christmas.

Each of these movies highlights a different part of the holidays.  Without further ado, here are some awesome Christmas movies to enjoy for the holidays!

A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

Childhood: In my humble opinion, this is one of THE Christmas movies to watch, and a surprisingly small amount of people know about it.  It’s basically about the desires and troubles of a young boy, and it captures the spirit of Christmas from a child’s perspective ridiculously well.  It’s stuffed with relatableexperiences,like becoming obsessed with gettingone thing for Christmas, that weird younger sibling that drives you nuts, crazy parents, the fear of seeing Santa at the mall, and most importantly,  it’sfull of heart.

Elf
Elf

Elf

Family: Although it’s not really modern anymore (made in 2003), it’s one of the most recent, classic must-watch Christmas movie in my books.  It features Will Ferrell in his prime, a cute romantic subplot, and getsinto perhaps the most significant gift the holidays have to offer:the gift of family.  What’s not to love with this hilarious and adorable movie?

Love Actually
Love Actually

Love Actually

Romance: I just recently watched this movie for the first time, and I have to say it stole my heart.  I may be biased, as I’m a sucker for romance movies, but the film beautifully balances multiple different plot lines and tons of characters to deliver a string of romantic victories and defeats and realizations.  It’s hilarious, but a touching movie on how Christmas can bring the most unlikely people together.

The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

Fantasy: I know we’re all grown-ups now, and we realize that Santa Claus isn’t real, but like it or not, the beautiful mysticism behind the holidays will always be a part of it.  The Santa Clause adds some crazy lore to the legend of Santa Claus, with some hilarious results.  Also, if you’re feeling courageous enough, or particularly bored, there’s three of them.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Chaos:  Like it or not, disorder is an integral part of Christmas.  During the holidays, there’s an insane amount of pressure for people to celebrate Christmas the right way, despite how it can make you miserable.  The extended family, the gift buying, decorating the house, all of it can add up.  This movie captures that feeling, while showing that no matter how crazy, disastrous or violent your holiday is, as long asyou’re with family, you’re doing something right.

Christmas with The Kranks

There’s nothing more heartwarming than watching Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis play the most adorable, empty-nester couple to ever skip Christmas. Although, spoiler alert, at the very last moment the Kranks must do all the Christmas preparations they skipped in just one day with the help of their previously hated neighbors. Nothing gets you in the spirit of the holiday like the power of community and the speedy, frantic assembly of the perfect Christmas party.