It used to be that you perhaps had one, or maybe two chances to see your favorite holiday movie each year, or perhaps you bought yourself a copy of the DVD (or VHS if you really want to look back) to make sure you could put your favorite holiday film on to get yourself in the spirit. But now, with streaming services you can binge on your favorites, and even find new favorites, to increase your holiday viewing enjoyment.
One movie on Netflix that has become an unlikely favorite around the world is Love Actually, a tale of friends and family who hit and miss in their efforts to find love around the holiday season says the Inquisitr. Love Actually has Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and Hugh Grant each finding love in unlikely places over the Christmas season in and around London. From the youngest of love to the kind of love that old friends find that they have had all along, Love Actually has something for everyone, while making you laugh and tear up.
And though there are now even more unlikely Christmas movies on Netflix in the same category as Love Actually, there are also the holiday classics which bring together many generations. In this category, we need to mention White Christmas (1954), which is perhaps the classic holiday movie. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney bring everything from music to dancing and glittery costumes that are always appropriate to watch with kids as well as grandma.
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Then there is A Very Murray Christmas with Bill Murray, which is a Netflix original that has Murray and friends trying to put on a Christmas special, but a power outage is throwing a wrench in the works. George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Sofia Coppola, and more are bringing some serious entertainment to the screen.
And also with Bill Murray is Scrooged, the retelling of A Christmas Carol, the story by Charles Dickens. Murray is visited by ghosts from Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future, and going through this process, all things become clearer.
Netflix also has some remakes of favorite Christmas movies, like the 1994 Miracle on 34th Street. Mara Wilson stars in the role previously done by Natalie Wood. Wilson is the little girl that is questioning the existence of Santa Claus and Christmas. If you are looking for some light fun, perhaps Christmas With the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as parents who plan to skip the holiday because their daughter isn’t coming home, only to scramble to put Christmas together when she changes her mind.
But even if you have been an adult for many decades, it wasn’t officially the holiday season until you watched The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, complete with the classic song. For the record, children still tear up when it looks like Frosty might melt away, but there is a happy ending for even the youngest viewer.
And in that same category is a new addition, Saving Santa, with the voices of Martin Freeman and Tim Curry. Saving Santa appeals to all ages, but adults are entertained on a different level than the younger viewers, who just think it’s a great story about Santa.
And for a holiday film you might not have already watched, check out The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. Ed Burns is the writer, director, and star of a film about awkward family dynamics in a big Irish family.
What is your favorite holiday film to watch again and again?
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