1. Without a doubt, Home Alone is hands down my all-time favorite Christmas movie. Other 80s babies like myself know what's up. Who didn't want to be Kevin McAllister? I could quote this movie all day long and yes, I still have the VHS version my brother and I watched when we were kids. My friends like to make fun of me for having (& watching) VHS tapes still.
"Buzz, your girlfriend ... woof!?"
2. Love me some Love Actually, and I don't know any girl who doesn't heart this romantic comedy. This now holiday classic for me delves into all different aspects of love by following 10 different relationships that all intertwine. And call me crazy, but I've yet to meet a Hugh Grant or Colin Firth movie I didn't enjoy.
3. I don't know if everyone has heard of my third pick, Prancer. This oldie but goodie was released in 1989 and if you read the plot, you'd probably think I was crazy for liking this movie. And I'll admit, the storyline does sound pretty ridiculous; I think this is one you just have to trust me on. It's sad at times, but very touching at others. Definitely a feel-good.4. I've always liked The Santa Clause for some reason, but I haven't seen it in years. Maybe I liked it because I grew up watching Home Improvement and a had huge crush on Brad (the older, more athletic brother). I even sent him a letter via his fan club seriously thinking he'd read it, want to contact me and we'd fall in love. Totally normal. Anyway, in this festive flick Tim Allen must become Santa Clause after he accidently causes Santa to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. Again, this plot sounds ridiculous, but it's a good one for kids and even adults. If you liked Tim "the toolman" Taylor, then I'm sure you'll like this movie too.
5. And last but not least, I always have to watch the Family Stone, a comedy-drama about a quirky family's misadventures during Christmas. SJP, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson and Rachel McAdams all star in this (among others) and I'm big fan of all of them. This is the kind of movie that will make you feel better about your family. If the TV shows Brothers & Sisters or Parenthood were a Christmas movie, this would be it.