By: Zeila Edrial
It’s that time of the year again when friends and families gather to spend time together. Bright lights and decorations are strewn everywhere and Christmas carols are played all over the radio. School is out and most businesses are closed, giving people a chance to relax with their loved ones.
If you choose to stay inside this year, why not watch some Christmas movies to celebrate the holidays? Here are a few Christmas-themed movies readily available on streaming services.
If you’re in the mood for romantic comedies, Love Actually is the perfect movie to watch this Christmas. The movie takes place in London during the holiday season. Many familiar faces pop up in the movie, including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson.
Love Actually centers around several different couples in various stages of their relationships. There are depictions of a couple going through a strained marriage, a man falling in love with a women despite language barriers- and even a little boy pursuing a girl that he has a crush on. Despite some hardships that some couples go through in the movie, in the end, it reminds us that Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones.
Where to Watch: Netflix
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who is forced to become the new Father Christmas in The Santa Clause. This all came to be because Scott frightened the real Santa Claus and caused him to accidentally fall off a roof on Christmas Eve. As a result, Scott is given the task of delivering the rest of Santa’s presents before Christmas.
The Santa Clause is sure to induce laughter as Scott struggles to fill the big boots of Father Christmas.
Where to Watch: Netflix
The Christmas Card
Sgt. Cody Cullen, played by John Newton, is given a card by a fellow soldier during the war in Afghanistan. The card was part of a batch sent by a church group from the soldier’s hometown, as a sign of goodwill to all the servicemen. After the soldier is killed in combat, Sgt. Cullen goes on a leave to visit the town that sent the inspirational card. He meets the woman who made his card: Faith Spelman, played by Alice Evans.
The Christmas Card follows Sgt. Cullen (who has no family) as he spends time with Faith and her family during the holidays.
Where to Watch: Hulu, Netflix
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
The 1994 remake of the original Miracle on 34th Street stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott. Attenborough plays Kris Kringle, who is asked to fill in as “Santa Claus” in a department store after the original impersonator was fired for being intoxicated. Ironically, Kris insists that he truly is the real Santa Claus. However, after a series of unfortunate events, Kris finds himself in court and has to convince everyone that he is the authentic Father Christmas.
With a court full of people who believe he’s a raving lunatic, will Kris Kringle be able to change their mind? In Miracle on 34th Street, the characters have to challenge their beliefs and ask themselves: is Santa Claus real?
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
The Year Without a Santa Claus
The stop-motion movie The Year Without a Santa Claus is based on the book by Phyllis McGinley. Santa Claus comes down with a cold before the start of the holiday season and decides to stay home instead of delivering presents. That leaves it up to his elves, Jingle and Jangle, to drop off presents on his behalf.
Watch this movie to find out how the elves try to save Christmas.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Many dilemmas plagued these movies, but everything always falls back into place at the end. Christmas is a time for cheer and these are just a few feel-good movies to enhance your holiday weekend.
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