Cozy up with the family and some popcorn and get ready for a Christmas movie marathon. This post is brought to you by Netflix as part of my ongoing partnership as a member of their Stream Team.
This year I felt like we needed some extra festivity at the holidays, so we put up decorations early and started playing Christmas music over the house system as soon as the playlists showed up on Spotify. I’m sure I’m not alone in that desire — the cheer of the holidays is in much need these days.
My kids embraced this idea as well, and jumped on to holiday movies on Netflix. One of our favorite things to do as a family is get cozy on the couch together, share a big bowl of popcorn, and watch as many movies as we can handle. Since we’re staying home this Christmas, we have plenty of opportunity to stay in our pajamas and keep the marathon going.
Our number one pick that we watch every Christmas Eve is the classic White Christmas. As weird as it is for Rosemary Clooney to want to wash her face and hair with snow, we can’t get enough of this toe-tapping musical. Here’s our other kid-friendly picks:
- Earnest Saves Christmas
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- The Santa Clause
- Pee-Wee’s Christmas Special
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
And, for those who have older kids (or for the grown-ups):
- The Ref
- Bad Santa
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
My long-standing favorite is Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, which is not available on streaming but usually can be found in the holiday movie displays at places like Target. Made in 1977, it’s an adorable puppet version of The Gift of the Magi, with a talent competition thrown in. Kermit shows up just for an introduction, and the charming critters of the river give us a good lesson in what the holidays should be about.
Are you making plans for a movie marathon? What are you watching?