tradition Wednesday Wishes

Christmas Movie Favorites & Wednesday Wishes

December 3, 2014
I am a big fan of traditions, and not just during the holidays but year-round. However, I would have to say that my favorite traditions do revolve around Christmas. One of my favorites is watching Christmas movies, beginning the day after Thanksgiving up through Christmas Day. I am a huge movie lover and have quite a few Christmas movie favorites that I have to watch each year. I save these movies for this time specifically and will not watch them any other time. 
While I haven’t listed all of my favorite Christmas movies (I told you, I have a ton of them), I thought I’d share with you all my Top 10. These are the movies that help get me into the holiday spirit!
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10. The Holiday. “Iris, if you were a melody… I used only the good notes.” -Miles // I love the entire cast in this movie and the relationship between Iris and Arthur melts me every time! 
9. The Original Christmas Classics. “Goodbye, Cornelius. I hope you find lots of tinsel. Goodbye, Hermey. Whatever a dentist is, I hope someday you will be the greatest.” -Rudolph // I’m talkin’ the classics: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy – all of the ones I watched when I was little. You cannot go wrong with these, I promise.
8. Serendipity. “If you’re smart enough, you learn from your mistakes. You figure it out. You… you think. You realize that life isn’t some elaborate stage play with directions for the actors. Life’s a mess. It’s… it’s chaos personified.” -Eve // For one, I love so, so much the music in this movie. I also love John Cusak and will tell you, I’m a (sick) sucker for “fate” themed love stories. 
7. Four Christmases. “My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn’t have some old, warm, black man to share my story with.” -Brad // This movie is hilarious. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, the scene where Vince Vaughn gags over the baby vomit gets me every time!
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6. When Harry Met Sally. “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -Harry //  One of my all time favorite movies ever! It was actually really hard for me to pick a favorite quote, there are so many. Everything about this movie, the story, the characters, the actors – LOVE.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation “Clark, Audrey’s frozen from the waist down” -Ellen “That’s all part of the experience, honey.” -Clark // I love Chevy Chase and this movie, even though it’s played on repeat on most cable stations for the entire month of December, will always be a classic in my book 😉 
4. The Family Stone. “Calm down. You’ve been drinking Cokes all day.” -Ben // I’ve seen this movie so many times, and I always bawl my eyes out at the end. So good.
3. Die Hard. “Yippee-ki-yay” -John McClane // Yes, I really did just quote Die Hard on my blog. Laugh all you want, but of course this is on my list. I am a HUGE Bruce Willis fan 😉 😉 as well as an action movie lover, and if the action movie includes super bad Russian or German guys? Um, win/win. 
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2. Little Women. “Don’t be such a beetle! I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.” -Jo // I typically start out the season with this movie, it just gets me in the holiday spirit. It’s one of my all time favorite movies, even though Amy annoys me to no end!
1. White Christmas. “It’s cozier, isn’t it? Boy, girl, boy, girl?” -Phil // This is an absolute MUST. Every year. The dancing, the music, the love stories, the General (gah! tears!), the snow…. I mean, we’re talkin’ Bing Crosby here. Does it get any better?!
So what about you? Do you watch certain movies this time of year? 
Which ones are on your list? Do we share some favorites?! 

It’s Wednesday which means I’m linking up with my sweet friend Anne from Love the Here and Now for a little bit of wishing, and TODAY – not only am I co-hosting with Anne but I am also a guest over at her blog, sharing some of my favorite things about winter. Link up with us below and then stop by Love the Here and Now and say hello!

Today, I am wishing and hoping that I have enough time to watch all of my favorite Christmas movies, even amidst the moving craziness! Sometimes you just have to MAKE time, especially for tradition!

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  • Thanks for reminding me how much I love The Holiday! I also enjoy It's a Wonderful Life and Love Actually.

  • I would also add Home Alone. We love watching it as a family every holiday season!

  • I've never actually seen The Holiday OR The Family Stone! Definitely adding these to my list right now. I am the same way. I get myself into the spirit by watching a ton of Christmas movies. I'm sooo glad I'm not the only one that considers Die Hard a Christmas movie. lol! My favorite is A Miser Brother's Christmas! I watch it every year on Christmas eve.

  • As I was scrolling through this post I was thinking…come on, I know Emily's got my favorite on here somewhere. And guess what? You did.

    White Christmas!! I grew up watching it with my family. I still watch it every year even though E thinks it's incredibly boring.


  • White Christmas is my favorite too! I also really like watching You've Got Mail. 🙂

  • Of course!! It's my absolute favorite Christmas movie… saved the best for last 🙂 X thinks it's pretty boring too… I grew up watching it every year so I think aside from me actually liking it, it also brings back great memories 🙂 (Seriously, who doesn't like BING?!)

  • Yes!! Love that one too 🙂

  • I can't wait to hear what you think of the movies! 🙂 Be sure to let me know. I LOVE (!!!) that you love Die Hard too!!!!! haha!! (Bruce Willis is my celebrity crush.. always has been.) I've never seen A Miser Brother's Christmas, I will put that one on my list too!

  • YES! That's one I watch every year too, always with my brother. (A few years ago, I got both of us matching t-shirts that say "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal" haha 😉 We now wear them when we watch the movie. (Blog post to come, don't you worry)

  • Yes!! Love it! 🙂 I really do have so many… my post would've been so long had I listed them all!

  • YES!!! You guys are my heroes.

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    All great Christmas movie choices!!! I cry everytime I watch Family Stone and Little Women. Bring on the sap! we also have the tradition of always watching It's A Wonderful Life on Thanksgiving night.

  • Looooove The Holiday!

  • Ah! I can't believe I didn't even think of When Harry Met Sally or Little Women!!! GREAT choices!

  • YES, YES, YES! I could watch Christmas Vacation over and over again and never get tire of it! Also, The Holiday is one of my all time favorites and so is Love Actually! 🙂

  • Christmas Vacation is a must see, and more than once!

  • No Home Alone?!?! C'MON!!!!!!!!!!

  • I love all of these, but I am agreeing with Amanda…where is the Home Alone?!! I sadly have to say I've never seen little woman..I will change that this year!

  • When Harry Met Sally is by far my most favorite movie ever. Josh doesn't "get it". I don't care. I could watch that every single day. LOVE IT! These are all great though. But where is Charlie Brown Christmas??

  • Yes!! Another classic for sure! 🙂

  • I know!! 🙂 SO, so good!!

  • There are so many favorites, I didn't even list them all! 🙂

  • And it's a good thing you could watch it over and over bc they always play it over and over, haha! (Me too)

  • Absolutely! I always watch that one with my dad… we both like and "get" Chevy Chase's humor 😉

  • I only listed 10 (because I have so many faves and the list would've been super long) but of course that's a fave!!!

  • Only listed my top 10 🙂 Too many great movies to list in one blog post – it would've been too long!

  • Really?!! I love that it's your favorite! (Same) And Charlie Brown Christmas TOTALLY! I just didn't list all of my faves is all 😉

  • White Christmas hands down. The best!! But I also love Elf for the funny and Love Actually for the romance 🙂
    Is it wrong if I also say I can always watch Home Alone if it's on…? Ha!

  • Yes, love White Christmas and love, love, love Little Women! 😀 Never really thought of it as a Christmas movie!


    We are so going to have to do that Blogger Sleepover we talked about on Twitter last night.

  • Lindsay

    Ah! Some of my favorites, too! I love all the Christmas movies! Great choices!

  • Always Elf and Home Alone!! My faves too!

  • I'm not sure if Little Women is truly a Christmas movie, but I always watch it this time of year 🙂


  • This is a fantastic list! I love that you included some more interesting picks that are your favorite, rather than all cliche holiday titles. I'm been trying to brainstorm movies to bring for a Christmas family trip to Hawaii, and there are some fun options here!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  • Aaaahhh! Emily, such great ones! You have all my favorites on here! I am such a Christmas tradition diehard, and my family always watched White Christmas (my bff/sister can sing the whole sisters song. ha!) and my husband and I watch The Holiday or Elf every year while we string cranberries and popcorn for our tree. I was actually surprised to not see Elf, but I could do without it so I don't mind it missing the list 😉 We're putting The Holiday in tonight so perfect timing for me to catch up on your blog. Merry Christmas season!

  • oooh! You're going to Hawaii for Christmas?! Lucky you!! 😉 (So which movies are you bringing along?) Hope you have the best time!

  • YES to the sisters song!! 🙂 I don't have a sister so my mom and I just sing it and dance together when that part comes on… it's like a tradition of our own haha. My husband LOVES Elf… I do like it, but if I miss it one year, I don't feel like I missed out kinda thing 😉 Merry Christmas season to you!!!!

  • Congrats! This post won Best Content in last week's Two For Tuesdays link-up!!!!!

  • Awesome!! Thanks, Ashley!