I admit that I've never really been into the classic Christmas films like "Miracle on 34th Street" or "White Christmas." The only annual Christmas movie my family and I made sure to watch together was the animated specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the cartoon version of "The Grinch." So, as I grew up, my favorite Christmas films tended to be modern movies that I just really enjoyed. Here's my personal list of favorite Christmas movies.
#1 - The Family Stone
Something about "The Family Stone" gets me every time. It's possibly because the family is so dysfunctional I can't help but love them. They're the good kind of crazy. Plus, it makes me cry like a baby. Good Christmas movies will do that, man.
In case you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, these videos might help. Ultimate Baggage Claim Surprise shows what happens when an airline delivers precisely what its passengers wants for Christmas; The Magic Piano features a "magic" piano set up in a public place and incorporates how strangers interact with it (maybe it's fake, it's still fun!); Let it Snow is about a children's hospital that decides to literally make it "snow" for its patients; and Jolly Christmas Medley is a fun holiday song mash-up by "Orange is the New Black" actresses Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes/Suzanne).
Ultimate Baggage Claim Surprise
I'm one of those people who kind of loves holiday music. Around this time of the year, I'm guilty of swapping my Pandora stations to play Christmas songs and I've even purchased entire holiday albums (hi, 2000 Christina Aguilera album "My Kind of Christmas").
I don't cringe when I hear holiday songs in the stores (even if it is before Thanksgiving) and I won't turn the radio off no matter how many times I've heard that particular song.
Except when it comes to five of them. I present to you my list of the five absolute worst holiday and Christmas songs of all time.
#5: "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer"
So I don't actually hate this song. I even understand the appeal of it for kids. In fact, I actually thought this song was hilarious when I was little. But as an adult, it's certainly not my favorite holiday song. If I never heard it again, I'd be fine with that.
We hope everyone has a fantastic day celebrating with loved ones. See you tomorrow!