The Christmas season is full of dinners with friends. But, it’s important to take time and enjoy activities as a family, too. A Christmas movie night is the perfect plan!

During this busy month, it’s good idea to stop and take a break. The best way to do this is to plan a family day or afternoon. Organize an activity where all the family members get together and disconnect from the outside world. Turn off your cell phones and just enjoy each other’s company.

There are several activities that you can enjoy as a family, like a game night with classics like Monoply, Catan, Loteria, or charades. If your family doesn’t like games, try a movie marathon and a “build-your-own sundae” bar so they can prepare their own snack to enjoy during the film.

There are many seasonal flicks to enjoy. You may prefer classics like The Miracle on 34th Street (1947) or One Magic Christmas (1985) or love stories like Love Actually (2003) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). But there are dramas like The Family Man (2000) and action films like Die Hard (1988). There are also comedies like Christmas with the Kranks (2004) and children’s films like Arthur Christmas (2011). Yes, there are many Christmas movies to choose from. Instead of arguing over which movie to watch, deciding can be a lot of fun. Ask your family members to write their Christmas movie choices on a piece of paper, put them in a bowl, and then let the little ones choose which movie to watch.

If you still don’t know what movie to write down or you’re undecided about what to watch, here is a list of some of my favorite Christmas movies. I watch these every December, and I still love them. There are options to enjoy with the whole family, with your best friends, or on a date night with your better half.

The Holiday (2006)

This is one of the Christmas movies I enjoy the most. This romantic comedy is simply magical. The story tells us about friendship, self-improvement, and the search for love. What I love is that the movies shows us two women who must learn to value and love themselves in order to be happy. This is undoubtedly one of the best Christmas films ever thanks to its spectacular cast, which includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black. A plus is the spectacular wardrobe that Diaz wears: the chocolate wool coat with off-white shearling from Dior is simply extraordinary!

Where to watch: Netflix

The Family Stone (2005)

This dark comedy is a movie that I didn’t like at first, but after seeing it a second time, I changed my mind. The story focuses on a slightly dysfunctional family and how they have to learn to get along with each other. In the end, family is first; they are the only ones who will always be there to support you unconditionally. With performances from big stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, and Rachel McAdams, this Christmas movie will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is one of those films in which you’re not sure whether to be happy or sad, but I am sure that you will enjoy every second.

Where to watch: Star+

Polar Express (2004)

The perfect movie to watch with the little ones every Christmas. Since it came out, it has been one of my favorites. The message is to never stop believing and always have faith. Hot chocolate, Santa Claus, bells, gifts, snow, and a huge Christmas tree–this children’s movie has all the elements of a perfect Christmas story. The animation is spectacular and the soundtrack is one of the most memorable. Plus, it’s a moving story that both young and old will enjoy. Every time I watch this movie, I feel like a child who believes in Santa Claus and the magic of the North Pole.

Where to watch: HBO Max

Home Alone (1990)

I know this Christmas movie by heart because I saw it a million times as a child. When I was a kid, I always dreamed of staying home alone so I could eat sweets all day, watch TV for hours, and just do whatever I wanted without anyone scolding me. This is a comedy that will entertain the little ones in the family and is most likely to provoke a feeling of nostalgia in the older ones. This film launched Macaulay Culkin to stardom and was such a success that it spurred a sequel that is just as good as the first film, so I recommend doing a double feature.

Where to watch: Disney+

Noelle (2019)

What if Santa Claus decided to retire? This film is about what would happen if Santa Claus were too old to continue giving gifts to children around the world. The answer? His daughter would take the reins of the “family business.” This film–the newest on the list—is one that I liked immediately since it is not only a Christmas story but also has a very good moral about gender equality and making our own way in the world. The film questions the concept of gender roles and stereotypes, in addition to talking about female empowerment and fighting for our dreams.

Where to watch: Disney+

The Grinch (2000)

Based on the children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Dr. Seuss, this movie is a holiday classic. It teaches us that the meaning and importance of Christmas is not in material things but in the opportunity to enjoy and spend time with our loved ones. In the live-action film, the main character is played by the talented Jim Carrey, who gives an irreverent interpretation of the Grinch. We must admit that we all fell in love with little Max (the Grinch’s dog) disguised as Rodolfo the reindeer. More than 20 years have passed since the premiere of this film, and it is still as relevant today as on the day of its release.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Santa Clause (1994)

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a businessman who by chance ends up becoming the new Santa Claus. Throughout the film we watch his struggle to become Santa Claus and carry out the monumental task of delivering presents to all the children of the world on Christmas eve. The film addresses topics like being responsible, keeping our promises, learning to listen to our children, and how important it is to never lose faith or hope. It’s the perfect Christmas movie to watch as a family– a gem that the little ones in the house will love.

Where to watch: Disney+

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