It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tree lightings in town squares, hot chocolate by a fireplace, tobogganing or sledding, and snow (when I can watch it come down from the comfort of my couch) are some of my favorite things about the holidays. Anyone who knows me knows how much I truly enjoy this time of year. (I even have a countdown until Christmas at my desk.) If lights, drinks and a winter wonderland can’t get you in the spirit, holiday movies surely can. Emily Nelman, Account Executive, recently posted your go-to guide at The Brew of every holiday movie (seriously, every one) playing through Christmas Day. As an avid Christmas advocate, I wanted to share a few of my all-time favorite holiday movies with you.

  1. The Santa Clause (1994). As a child, this was one of the first holiday movies I remember watching with my family in our living room. From that point on, I was never able to look at Tim Allen the same when watching Home Improvement or hearing his voice as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story trilogy. Scott Calvin will live on forever!
  2. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992). From the insane hotel room to the endless amount of toys at Duncan’s Toy Chest, this is another childhood classic for me. While I envied Kevin McCallister growing up, this movie is filled with great life lessons that I learned at an early age. Simply, be kind to everyone you meet, even if they’re different than you. You never know if your paths will cross again.
  3. Elf (2003). Most people either really like Will Ferrell or they really don’t. This movie is a recent classic for me because I really enjoy the humor and storyline. And, of course, the best advice for the Christmas season: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
  4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). In addition to being one of my favorites, this also ranks among one of my father’s favorite holiday movies as well. It embodies the “crazy family” stereotype that people sometimes think only they experience. This one will definitely make everyone in the family laugh.
  5. A Christmas Story (1983). Good ole Ralphie, that bunny suit and, obviously, the leg lamp. This is arguably the most iconic Christmas movie ever. Heck, it repeats for 24 straight hours on TBS on Christmas. Not to mention its ties to Cleveland. In addition to being a classic movie, it has also become a fun tradition for my family and me to visit the A Christmas Story House and Museum each holiday season.
  6. A Christmas Carol (1984). Last, but certainly not least, is a novel-turned-movie written all the way back in the mid-1800s. Although there are a number of adaptations of A Christmas Carol, including one made by Disney in 2009, this timeless story was written by Charles Dickens. (I’m sure everyone knows a person or two whom they refer to as Scrooge each year Christmas rolls around.) For those in northeast Ohio, I would highly recommend seeing the theater production at Playhouse Square this holiday season.

What is your favorite holiday movie and why?