With nothing better to do than sit in front of a screen, Christmas is the perfect time to take a break and just relax. But instead of stalking your favorite athletes or ogling at cute pets on the Internet, why not go on a movie binge with family and friends? Despite what many say about Christmas movies, not all are sappy holiday fillers. From action-packed and funny to grim and bizarre, there’s definitely a whole lot more you can choose from to get everyone into the spirit of the season. Here are some of our top suggestions for you to enjoy the festivities.
The movie that launched young Macaulay Culkin’s screaming face into a household icon, Home Alone has proven itself to be an enduring classic. With its mix of fun, suspense, and good heartwarming cheer, this holiday treat sends a powerful lesson on independence and family. We’ve watched it before and so have you, but the story and its message will never get old. Now’s a good time to revisit the movie once more with the kids.
Superhero movies have been part of Christmas since Michael Keaton played Batman to teach everybody an important lesson: Don’t ever attempt to destroy Gotham with an army of adorable, rocket-armed penguins. Relearn this holiday message with your kids so they understand that good is stronger than evil, especially when good dresses up as a bat.
Apart from family comedy and superhero action, Christmas is also the time for a little bit of horror. Gremlins is the story of a strange but cute alien-looking pet that suddenly spawns chaotic evil monsters due to mishandling. Silly and terrifying, the movie offers the perfect lesson for your children: be sure to read and follow the instruction manual for your toys, or else.
Colder weather can get things a little intimate, but the usual mushy romance might only make things boring. However, this romantic story between a girl and a young Johnny Depp is a bittersweet gothic fantasy that will put a twist to an amorous evening. Half Romeo and Juliet and half Frankenstein, Edward Scissorhands will make you appreciate the weird, loving people around you.
The highest grossing Christmas film of all time is based on a funny and heartwarming children’s book by Dr. Seuss. Jim Carrey plays the Grinch, a holiday-hating creature who wants to spread his misery by stealing all the Christmas presents in the town of Whoville. In the end, the Grinch saves Christmas and is redeemed thanks to the unwavering holiday spirit in the townspeople’s hearts.
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