These Selections are Bound to Convert any Holiday Movie Nay-sayer into a Holiday Movie Yay-sayer.
We all know someone who says they don’t like Christmas movies. Depending on your temperament, you may or may not be on speaking terms with them. I know how disheartening it can feel when they won’t watch Christmas movies with you, but it’s not their fault. I’m sure they were inundated at a young age with the worst of the worst of festive movie fare. So, whether this is a friend, a sibling, or a partner, you owe it to them to show them the way. Hopefully, watching these four films in approximately this order should bring them back into the Christmas fold.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Technically, this is a “Holiday” movie more than it is a Christmas movie, but it’s the perfect first choice. It revolves around getting home for Thanksgiving, so you could even put this on shortly after Turkey Day. This way, you’re softening them up early for the rest of the viewing playlist. Also, this just so happens to be one of the funniest movies ever made. My family watches this every single year and I don’t think I can even comprehend someone disliking it.
White Christmas (1954)
This is a great follow-up film that’ll keep you in the realm of the “real world.” The movie does involve Christmas but in a more practical, celebratory fashion. It’s also one of the most famous musicals of all time. Bing Crosby anyone? If they can get through this and enjoy it, the next film will inch you closer to that celluloid Christmas magic.
Where to watch: Netflix
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A movie about a Santa skeptic? How appropriate! The original classic, Miracle on 34th Street has just the right amount of magic. It’s also a movie that never panders to its audience. Instead, it reminds us of the child in all of us. The balance achieved here between Christmas cynicism and wide-eyed wonder is still awe-inspiring. After this, they’re ready for one last film.
Where to watch: HBO Max
A Christmas Story (1983)
This is it, the final test. If you’ve made it this far, this is the logical conclusion to your quest. To many, this is the ultimate Christmas film and admittedly a family favorite. A Christmas Story so accurately depicts being a child on Christmas. Despite Ralphie being a child in the ‘40s, it’s still as true and relatable today. All the highs and lows of the lead-up to Christmas are here. Once they’ve watched this, that’s it, your work is done. Hopefully, some of the Christmas magic in these films has rubbed off on them.
Where to watch: HBO Max