We're in the midst of the holidays and you're probably hustlin' to “unplug” from work so you can actually enjoy the holidays. Personally, some of my favorite childhood memories were ones that I spent with my mom wrapping presents and watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But those times have been replaced with media scheduling, 2016 marketing planning, and running around grabbing the last-minute gifts.
There's nothing more exciting than sitting by the fire and watching your favorite holiday movies but what if you haven't even gotten to that yet? It's so easy to be wrapped up in the work hustle and holiday shopping that you forget to get yourself the gift of “being” and just sitting on the couch watching your holiday films to get you in the spirit.
Every year, I aspire to be Clark Griswald trying to plan the perfect holiday. Then, I quickly realize that I've forgotten the warm, fuzzy, holiday feeling you get from watching a good holiday movie. Here are some of my favorite holiday movies that may help you get into the last-minute holiday spirit!
A Christmas Story (1983):
What could be better than a classic holiday movie with Ralphie Parker who's just trying to get away from a bully and dreaming of his Christmas gift of a Red Ryder air rifle.
Home Alone brought us Kevin McCallister home alone in Chicago while his family enjoyed Paris. Little did he know, the sticky bandits (aka con men) were planning a visit. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York brought bratty Kevin to the Big Apple where the sticky bandits followed and showed him that whether in Chicago or NYC, he can't get away. Home Alone 2 is by far one of my favorite movies, mainly because Mr. Dunkin gives him the cute turtle doves that he shares with the pigeon lady (how cute!).
Buddy the Elf – need I say more? I think my Tech.Co team has had enough of my Elf GIFs but they keep coming back each year. What's better than watching Buddy's excitement for Santa, Christmas and holiday spirit all around?
The Grizwalds: the one movie that makes me laugh non-stop for the duration of it. Clark wanted the perfect Christmas; what he got was the opposite.
Jim Carey as the “Grinch” is by far one of my holiday favorites. His plan to ruin Christmas is all changed by the cute little “Cindy Lou Who” who helps the Grinch find the holiday spirit and joins the Whos in Whoville.
Who doesn't love a cute, holiday romantic movie? I do! Love Actually is one of those movies I love watching when I'm feeling a bit lonely and need to be reminded that love heals most things. And if not, watching Love Actually does.