It’s December and the holiday season is finally upon us! From fun (or cringeworthy), sparkly holiday parties filled with reindeer antler headbands and awkward mistletoe, to spinning dreidels and too many latkes, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Christmukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Yule or Festivus, it’s a great time to get together with family and friends (and annoying co-workers!) in celebration.
But on the other side of winter, the homebound coziness beckons. The thought of wrapping oneself up in a warm blanket and drinking hot chocolate in the glow of a roaring fire while watching a holiday movie is one of the most wonderful plans we can think of.
Over here at Cold-EEZE HQ, we’re huge fans of combining great things to make greater things (case in point: our legendary care packages!). So we had an idea: a cozy holiday movie night party! Sure, it sounds cheesy, but what’s better than being cozy and comfortable with your best friends and family, right?
Yes, “holiday” movies tend to be code for “Christmas”, but whether you throw an epic movie night party or just want to get in the spirit of the holidays, we think our list of some of our favorite feel-good movies has something for everyone!
1. The New Disney Classic. Coco (2017): Released just last year, Coco has the makings of an instant classic. Based on the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), the story centers around 12-year-old Miguel, who, faced with his family’s longstanding ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s history. This colorfully original story, with its themes of family, tradition, and following your dreams, is a perfect holiday treat.
2. The Modern Classic. Home Alone (1990): The most successful Christmas movie of all time and still widely popular today, you’ve probably seen Macaulay Culkin's famous "ahhhh!!" face more times than you can count. Although we doubt you don’t already know this, ‘Home Alone’ is the story of 8-year-old Kevin McAllister, who is forced to defend his home from a pair of burglars after he’s accidentally left behind by his family during a holiday vacation. Classic.
3. The Obligatory Rom-Com. The Holiday (2006): Nancy Meyers' “The Holiday” is a romantic comedy about two women who impulsively trade homes for the holidays, only to find that a change of address can change their lives. From idyllic winter scenes, to warm weather “Christmas Fettuccine”, Hanukkah parties with screenwriters and classic NYE get togethers, this light and heartwarming story has a little bit of everything.
4. The Untraditional Cringe Com. Little Fockers (2010): The third installment in Ben Stiller’s now classic Fockers trilogy, this movie promised endless cringe-worthy moments of classic Ben Stiller comedy. A stellar cast and interfaith holiday celebrations, this one is sure to please those with a more screwball sense of humor.
5. The Old-School Classic. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): Sure, we could have said “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Holiday Inn”, “White Christmas” or even “The Apartment” here, but we are partial to this MGM musical success about a year in the life of the Smith family, debating whether they should uproot their lives in St. Louis to move to New York, and that debuts the Christmas classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” performed by the iconic Judy Garland. A classic of classics.
These are just some of our favorites, but we know that there are countless other amazing holiday movies out there. What are your favorite holiday movies that we should watch? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!