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10 Holiday Movies to Watch as a Family

This movie has me crying every year!

The holiday season is all about traditions. Cookie baking, carol singing, gift giving, and movie watching. I am an outdoor girl through and through, but the holidays are the one time each year that I love hunkering down inside with my family and enjoying nights around our fireplace. We have a lot of family coming to visit this year  - both of sides of the family flying all the way to Seattle and descending in our house. I am counting down!

But of course, with visitors comes the need for preparation. Prepping guest spaces, washing sheets, stocking the fridge and pantry, and racking my brain for ideas to keep a house full of people entertained for almost two weeks (yes, you read that correctly). We will have two toddlers, a college student, several thirty somethings, and a handful of grandparents. What can bring all of those groups together?

Movies! Holiday movies, to be exact. Casey and I used to be big movie watchers, but we sort of fell out of the habit because it got annoying to always be hooking our laptops up to the TV monitor. Now that we have our new Xbox, we’ve been having weekly movie nights again and I love it. When our families are here in a few weeks, you can bet I’ll be queuing up all our holiday favorites.

Here are 10 holiday movies to watch as a family…

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  • Babes In Toyland 1 of 10
    Babes In Toyland
    When we were little, we had a huge cabinet above our TV that was filled to the brim with VHS tapes. And I'm not talking about the ones with pretty covers that you bought. I mean the crooked label - taped straight off TV type. My mom "taped" this for us when we were really little, and it became one of my favorite childhood movies - no matter the season.
  • Bad Santa 2 of 10
    Bad Santa
    Parts of this might not be considered as family-friendly, but the lessons are good, and the story is hilarious. This would definitely be a hit with older kids and teens!
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas 3 of 10
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Can you ever go wrong with Charlie Brown? I am totally the person that wants to buy the sad, pathetic tree each year because I feel bad for it.
  • Elf 4 of 10
    Elf
    This wasn't a classic when I was young (because I am old!), but I know it will be considered a Christmas classic to younger generations. This is a great one for the family, and kids love the story, but the humor is written for adults.
  • Gremlins 5 of 10
    Gremlins
    Oh, you didn't think this was a holiday movie? It totally is. Another favorite growing up, and a total 80's classic!
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas 6 of 10
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    You can't go through the holiday season without watching a little Dr. Seuss. I personally love the original animated version over the Jim Carrey remake, but either one will get you in the holiday spirit.
  • Home Alone 7 of 10
    Home Alone
    I am not embarrassed to admit that I am right around the same age as Macaulay Culkin, and when this movie came out I had a serious crush. Which is weird because looking back, I think he was like ten. Anyway, this fun story makes the whole family laugh. If you're making a night of it, pick up Home Alone 2 too!
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol 8 of 10
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    Get festive with Kermit and Miss Piggy. Kids love the puppets and songs, but there is that unmistakable Henson humor sprinkled in that will keep the adults and teens watching too.
  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation 9 of 10
    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
    This is one of those movies that is so funny I can watch it all year long. Watching the Griswold Christmas sure does make me feel better about my own family drama!
  • The Snowman 10 of 10
    The Snowman
    Hands down, my favorite holiday story of all time. There are is no dialogue - just music - and to be honest it's actually really sad and heart-wrenching. But the message is so sweet, and the music is so perfect. Don't skip this one.

Did I miss any of your favorites?

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