Every year, right after we clean up the kitchen after Thanksgiving dinner (which is usually eaten around mid-day, because in the south, we eat dinner in the middle of the day and supper in the evening), we sit down for a Christmas Vacation viewing party.
As soon as we watch Christmas Vacation as a whole family, we know it’s officially time for the Christmas season.
Throughout the next month, as we count down to Christmas Day, we watch a lot of movies. I’m very nostalgic, and have to watch all of my favorites. And there are too many where I can recite every word. Todd isn’t a fan of this, so I refrain, for his sake.
I can sing every word to “Sisters” and I want a family just like in The Family Stone someday. In my next life.
And now that Hudson is old enough to watch some of them, and Hayes is old enough to watch a very select few, it’s become a fun, family tradition. We’ll eat dinner and settle in with some popcorn, hot chocolate, some warm pajamas, and watch our favorites.
I’ve included my list of 25 days of Christmas movies here. They can obviously be watched in any order you want! Some nights, we’ll watch one with the boys right after supper, and sometimes Todd and I will stay up late watching one after we put the kids to bed, depending on how age-appropriate it is.
I’m proud (or maybe I should be ashamed) that we own all of these movies. I’m a Christmas movie junkie. Or just a movie junkie, in general.
(Almost all of the movies are available via Amazon Instant Video through Amazon Prime. I’ve linked to the movies for easy viewing.)
In the words of Kevin McAllister, “This is it. Don’t get scared now.”
25 Days of Christmas Movies
7. Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
16. Love Actually
17. The Family Man
19. The Family Stone
22. Home Alone
25. The Santa Clause
Okay, so what did I miss? Is your favorite on this list?