My husband and I like to do very little on Christmas besides feast and watch movies. I insist on a strict schedule of holiday movies, the better to celebrate decked halls, egg nog, and carols sung by the fire. (Or in our case, the hot-as-fire southern California winds.) What we watch changes a little bit from year to year, but is built around the same stable of favorites:
1. Home for the Holidays. This is actually a Thanksgiving movie (perhaps the only Thanksgiving movie besides Planes, Trains & Automobiles-- right?), but I don't always remember to watch it at Thanksgiving. If I don't, we watch it at Christmas.
2. Love, Actually. Even THINKING about this movie makes me happy. I just love it so much!
3. The Holiday. Okay, so, I actually don't think this a good movie. At all. And yet, I like to watch it at Christmas. It makes me feel happy and gooey, and sometimes that's all that's required.
4. A Christmas Story. This is usually run on repeat on cable for 24 hours over Christmas, but I have the DVD, just in case. I actually saw this in the theater when I was a kid, and find I am still overcome with the same sense of wonder. It's the best!
Sometimes we watch The Sound of Music. This year I plan to watch Flirting with Forty again, because it's so Christmas-y and yummy. This year I might dig out some of the old Christmas musicals to watch, because I loved those.
What am I forgetting? What are your bedrock, must-see Christmas movies?