My Favorite Holiday Movies

I grew up in Wyoming, where winters are rough and once the driveway was shoveled and chores were done, there wasn’t much to do. Once we got a VCR, rented movies saved my family from strained game nights (my mom hates to lose and my brother cheats creatively and unrepentantly). There are few things nicer than making a blanket nest, mulling some wine, and watching a movie on a cold winter night with friends, family, and, of course, pets. Here are a few of my favorites for winter viewing.

1. Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas

A Muppet classic.

2.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

If you’re really snowed in, marathon the whole series.

3. White Christmas


4. The Princess Bride

The sweetest modern fairy tale ever. Great cast, great script.

5. Let Me In

I love both the Swedish and American versions in different ways. Set in wintry New Mexico in the Reagan 80s, the American version recalls the winters of my childhood (minus the vampires, of course!).

6. Auntie Mame

A wonderful performance from Rosalind Russell. I watch this every year.

These are just a couple of my favorites to watch and rewatch during the holidays and throughout the winter. What are your favorite holiday films?


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