The holidays can be filled with lots of activities and often we wish we had just one day to sit back and enjoy the season. A great way to accomplish this is to relax, cuddle up with your loved ones and enjoy a Christmas movie together.

There are so many incredible movies that are just waiting for you and your family to share. Here are few of the films that rank high on the list of favorites.

The Nativity Story (2006)

First, let’s start with a movie that focuses on what Christmas is all about — the birth of Jesus. This masterfully done movie created with authenticity in mind, stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary, the mother of Jesus and Isaac Guerrilla as her husband, Joseph. This movie captures both the wonder and real-life struggles around Jesus’ birth and is a must for the entire family as it gathers together to celebrate the greatest gift to mankind of all time.

Old Classic Favorites

Sometimes, classic black and white films capture the spirit of the holidays better than any modern, Hi-Def version ever could. Here are a few oldies but goodies:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most popular classic holiday movies of all time. The original film was produced and directed by Frank Capra in 1946. The story is centered on the character George Bailey, played by actor James Stewart. Although he has a beautiful wife and children, the dreams he had for his life never came to fruition.

He comes to a point in his life when he feels he can’t go on any longer, and he contemplates committing suicide. Suddenly, he is visited by an angel named Clarence, played by Henry Travers. Through the eyes of his guardian angel, George Bailey is shown what life in Bedford Falls would be like if he’d never been born. This movie is a strong reminder of an important message. Each one of us has the ability to help make a positive difference in another person’s life.

White Christmas (1954)

Another classic holiday film is the original version of White Christmas. This 1954 movie has an incredibly talented cast that includes: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The plot focuses on two World War II veterans that share a long friendship and make the decision to go on the road with a singing and dancing act. As the story continues, the cast finds themselves at a Vermont inn and desperately try to save their friends failing hotel. The scenery, music and dancing make this movie a great addition to your holiday collection.

For younger children, or those of us who are young at heart, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without watching the traditional Christmas cartoons. Take a walk down memory lane and share the nostalgia of these classic shows with your family. Some of the most popular annual cartoons are: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch.

Funny Modern Classics

If you’re searching for a holiday comedy that the whole family can enjoy, look no further. While these films were all made after the days of black and white movies, each has become a holiday classic in its own right.

Elf (2003)

Elf is an entertaining movie that was directed by Jon Favreau and released in 2003.The cast includes Will Ferrell, Ed Asner, James Caan. Bob Newhart and Zooey Deschanel. Ferrell plays the role of an elf that finds out he is really a human and travels to New York City in search of his family. This film shows us how to share the Christmas spirit and is based on a book that was written by Buddy Hobbs.

A Christmas Story (1983)

In 1983, the comedy film A Christmas Story was released. Directed by Bob Clark, this movie focuses on a nine year old character affectionately known as Ralphie. Anyone who has seen this show will remember how important it was for him to get one Christmas gift in particular. This gift was a Red Ryder BB Gun. Follow his crazy tactics to get this gift, and share in the humor along the way.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy Chase is sure to provide some holiday laughter in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Join his character, Clark Griswold, as he prepares to spend the holidays with his in-laws. His family members are played by Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki. Randy Quaid co-stars as D’Angelo’s cousins’ husband who later admits he’s down on life and broke. The show’s plot is filled with humor and silliness that is sure to make you smile.

Once you choose your holiday movie, don’t forget to grab your favorite pillows and blankets. Also, have some drinks and snacks ready to enjoy. Slowing down your hectic schedule and enjoying some family time will help make your holidays shine with fun!

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