Watching at least a few holiday movies each year has been a tradition for us. This year, with being home so often, we will probably end up watching more holiday movies than ever. I am not someone who usually enjoys watching the same movie more than once, so if I do, the movie is one I really love. love actually tops my list of all-time favorite movies-not just favorite holiday movies. It is one I can watch over and over again. The clever way the stories of the characters are intertwined, and the overall message of this movie always gives me hope. love actually is all around.
Closely following love actually on my favorites list is the Holiday. (Yes, I am a sucker for feel good, romance movies). And, who wouldn’t want to imagine spending the holidays in a Hollywood mansion or picture-perfect English cottage while also finding love? This is another one I can watch over and over and over again.
This year we watched The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2 for the first time and enjoyed them both. I usually don’t love highly animated or fantasy type movies, but the fact that this one has people mixed with the animated magic of Christmas worked for me. As a believer, I highly enjoyed the heartfelt & comical Christmas ride.
Speaking of comical, you can’t have a favorite Christmas movie list without this one, can you? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is another one we watch almost every year, and it always elicits laugh out loud moments for us both . How can you not love Clark Griswold and his zest for the Christmas holiday?
What holiday movies make your list?
In addition to movies, we’ve been listening to a lot of holiday music as well. A few weeks ago, I shared my Joyful Holiday playlist. This week I have my Peaceful Holiday playlist to share. I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic lately, and so I included a few Christmas church songs I grew up singing and listening to as well as a variety of other Christmas songs that leave me feeling grounded and peaceful. If you have Apple Music, you can access the playlist here. https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/leslies-peaceful-holiday-playlist/pl.u-d2b0MmXTMB0RWJ If you don’t use Apple Music, I listed the songs and artists below:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Enya
White Christmas by Sarah McLachlan
Oh Light (Feat. Gungor & All Sons and Daughters) by The Liturgists
I Heard the Bells by The Brilliance
Gabriel’s Message by Sting
Come Thou Fount by Audrey Assad
Silent Night by Sarah McLachlan
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Jim Brickman
What Child Is This by The Piano Guys
Away in a Manger by Carrie Underwood
In the Bleak Mid-winter by SnowGlow
Christmas Time Is Here by Stephan Moccio
A Gaelic Blessing: Meditaiton by John Rutter
Mary Did You Know? by David Archuleta
Ave Maria by Celine Dion
Lullaby by William Byrd
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane–Jess Gillam
The Lord Bless You and Keep You: Meditation by John Rutter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Stephan Moccio
The Twelve Days of Christmas by SnowGlow
Sacred Night by Secret Garden and Cathrine Iversen
A Child Is Born by Beegie Adair
Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Gregorian
My Favorite Things by Mary J. Blige
The First Noel by George Carlaw
Silver Bells by Michal Buble
Hallelujah by Pentaonix
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme & Robert Wells-Charlotte Church
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem/Oh Holy Night by Carolyn Barela
Child In a Manger by Gregorian
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Christmas Gregorian
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by George Carlaw
O Holy Night by Glee Cast
Light to the World by Lauren Daigle
May your Christmas holiday be filled with good movies, music, peace & love. The holidays may be different this year, but the magic of Christmas always exists.