Holiday Spirit: Our Favorite Holiday Movies
Christmas is next week! We know you’re scrambling to get everything ready for guests, gift shopping and planning your holiday dinner, but you need to take a little break to enjoy the season. A weekend away isn’t reasonable, but a night in front of the TV with a mug of hot cocoa and treats with the family is. We put together our list of favorite holiday movies to lift your holiday spirit.
The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppets have a way of making just about anything their own — including a Dickensian tale of a miserly curmudgeon named Ebenezer Scrooge. The story is very dark for a holiday pick-me-up, but the Muppets give it life and comedy with songs like “Christmas Scat” from Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Even cast with Muppets, the movie stays true to the classic story and you walk away from it feeling a little more generous.
Christmas Vacation We went to Wally World and Europe with the Griswolds, but in Christmas Vacation, they take us us home — with all the misadventure of their other trips. It’s as uncomfortable and difficult as any other family holiday, just more… wacky and dangerous. Clark is as ambitious as ever — failing masterfully at all his plans as the holiday arrives. Christmas might be disappointing for the Griswolds, but the Griswolds don’t disappoint us.
Home Alone Who can resist the young, clever, towheaded McCaulay Culkin? In this 1990 John Hughes classic, he wins us over as Kevin McCallister — the youngest of a horde of children, who’s abandoned in his home while his family is off to Paris for Christmas. While the innocent little guy is trying to survive on his own, his calm, new life of solitude is disrupted by two brainless burglars. But our fearless youngster outsmarts the bad guys just in time for the family to return home on Christmas.
Elf While Buddy the Elf is decades older than Kevin McCalister, he’s certainly more naive. This 2003 favorite follows Buddy from his home with Santa and the Elves at the North Pole to New York City to find his biological father — a grouchy man who didn’t know he had a 40-year-old son. To Buddy’s disappointment, his dad rejects him and he’s left to navigate the new city by himself. But Buddy is persistent and as his dad gets to know Buddy, he softens and welcomes Buddy into his family for a merry Christmas.
A Christmas Story Rewind to a 1950’s Christmas in which a BB gun is at the top of 9-year-old Ralphie’s Christmas list. It’s his only fantasy and, despite the warnings he gets from everyone, he wishes and begs for this BB gun. After an awkward Christmas Eve dinner and disappointing Christmas morning, Raphie gets exactly what he wished for — and way more than what he bargained for.
Gremlins The best Christmas present ever: a tiny, furry creature with all the charm of a two-week old kitten. The worst Christmas present ever: a tiny, furry creature that multiplies when it gets wet, turns into a scaly, slimy goblin when it eats after midnight and turns your town into a warzone. That’s what happens when Billy Peltzer receives a “mogwai” over the holidays. This horror-comedy is more hilarious than horrific and good for a laugh as the holidays approach. If you have doubts about its entertainment value, Steven Spielberg was the executive producer and the director was Chris Columbus of Home Alone fame.
Grinch (1966) Looking vaguely similar to a gremlin, the Grinch is only slightly less menacing as the mythical creatures. The bitter Grinch — annoyed by Christmas cheer, takes it upon himself to make the holiday as miserable for everyone in Whoville as it is for him. He dresses up as Santa Claus, sneaks into all the homes to steal presents before they can be opened. Despite the Grinch’s efforts to put a stop to Christmas, he didn’t destroy Whoville’s Christmas spirit but, in the process, made a change for the good in himself.
It’s our favorite time of year at LTD Commodities! Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or you’re just watching holiday movies with the kids, look to LTD for great products and awesome ideas to make the season brighter.