Better Together: Perfect Holiday Film PairingsCiaran Blumenfeld
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Holiday season is delightful but exhausting. There’s many-a-night that I’d rather snuggle up with a Snuggie and a film at home. Why should I bundle up and schlep out in the rain, when there are so many great movies I can watch at home? Especially with a streaming media box like the Xbox 360. Renting a movie takes less time than popping the popcorn to go with it. Movies are inexpensive as well – as little as 99 cents for holiday favorites.
There are a ton of holiday movie lists out there if you’re looking for something to watch. There are lists for kids, lists for singles, and lists for adults. None of these lists address the issues we have when choosing films in our home. When it comes time to renting a movie, arguments ensue. Half of our family is G and the other half is PG13/R. The only compromise is a double feature.
We all watch the “family friendly” film and then when the little kids go to bed, we move on to more adult titles.
With all the holiday movie choices out there, I thought it might be fun to come up with the perfect list of Holiday film pairings. Some are a little naughty, more are nice…
Here’s how to enjoy these pairings: Watch the first title with your kids, and then enjoy the second without them (or watch both with your older kids).
Rudolph with your nose so bright… we’re watching Die Hard later tonight!
Do you have any titles to add to this list of suggestions for parents to enjoy with (and without) kids?
Home Alone & Unaccompanied Minors 1 of 12
Gremlins & Scrooged 2 of 12
The Grinch and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 3 of 12This pairing is the perfect antidote to mall gridlock, bad weather, annoying office parties and anything else that ails you. Recommended that you order a pizza and forget about wrapping presents or doing anything productive. You all need a night off. The Grinch$2.99 view instantly National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation$1.99 view instantly
Elf & Just Friends 4 of 12
The Polar Express & The Family Man 5 of 12
Rudolph & Die Hard 6 of 12
The Grinch (animated original) & Trading Places 7 of 12
A Muppet Christmas & Four Christmases 8 of 12
The Nightmare Before Christmas & New Years Eve 9 of 12
Miracle on 34th Street & The Family Stone 10 of 12I think that Santa will send a bolt of lightning to strike me dead if I don't recommend this film (and Wonderful Life). It's such a classic that some would argue that no Christmas is complete without it. I'm pairing it with The Family Stone because both of these films have a quirky not-afraid-to-let-your-freak-flag-fly quality that I love. Miracle on 34th Street $2.99 view instantly The Family Stone $2.99 view instantly
It’s a Wonderful Life & Love Actually 11 of 12
The Santa Clause & Bad Santa 12 of 12
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