Contrary to what may be popular belief, I really do sort of enjoy Christmas time.
I put lights on my house. I decorate inside with wreaths, mistletoe, my ever-growing snowman collection. Try patiently for hours to get my overly large basset hound, Moose, to pose for me in a Santa hat.
UPDATE December 2014: Titles which have strike through them are no longer available to stream instantly this year. FYI.
So without further ado… this is a list of my favorite Christmas movies to stream on Netflix Instant this holiday season:
I LOVE this movie. I’ll admit it.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Cute little elderly characters included in a movie adds an extra 10 points in my book, if they happen to be a) witty & sarcastic, and b) not toooo cheesy. (Okay, maybe it kind of is to some HOWEVER- what Christmas movie isn’t? It’s sweet. Really.
I know, I know. This movie is cliche as hell but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make me laugh. If I watch it only once in, maybe, four years at least.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: This movie is clever in it’s own, silly, dramatic & completely unrealistic way. Oh! There’s also now a Love Actually drinking game which accompanies it. (Let’s just say I played, I saw, I laughed, & I cried. Pinot.)
Wow. This is an unexpectedly cool. sweet little movie. Having a personal experience with Alzheimer’s in my life, this movie hits home especially.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: This movie is bold. It will make you feel human again. I could really see anyone liking this- it’s heartfelt, rich in personality, & well written. Bonus: More cute old people!
A living snowman! Michael Keaton! Harmonicas! This movie is heartwarming and sweet. Naturally a little silly. But c’mon, it’s cute.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: See sentence above. It’s just plain sweet. Hooray for second chances. (Even if it means being a snowman.)
Not only a visually stunning movie, but also so sweet & well written. Tom Hanks is amazing, all around.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: This movie has the ability to both feel dreamlike and realistic. It makes me feel like a kid again, just watching it. Great for everyone in my book. I’d totally dig catching a ride on The Polar Express.
Ohhh, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Is there isn’t thing he hasn’t done? The answer of course is, no.
Naturally, this must be included.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Sinbad is the villain, in this movie. Why wouldn’t you watch? No seriously, it’s kinda funny.
A CLASSIC, obviously. This is practically mandatory during Christmastime. Chevy Chase at his finest.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Cousin Eddie, rabid squirrels, more silly old people. Lip fungus! Ah, too many reasons to list, obviously.