Winter is upon us once again. In my family this means we break out our favorite Christmas movies and watch them over and over before the new year.
At our house the perennial favorites: A Christmas Story with Peter “you’ll shoot your eye out” Billingsley and his quest for a Red Rider bb gun and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas where Jack Skellington decides he’d rather be in charge of Christmas instead of Halloween – which gave us the wonderful song “Kidnap the Sandy Claws.”
You can find all sorts of great holiday films at ICPL. Here’s a short list of some of the non-classics that you might have missed.
Deck the Halls (2007)
Two neighbors (Danny DeVito & Matthew Broderick) go to war over Christmas Lights.
When Peter’s dad brings him a new pet, he also gets this warning: “Don’t ever get him wet. Keep him away from bright light. And the most important thing… never, never feed him after midnight.”
Four Christmases (2009)
Starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. What happens when the weather cancels Kate and Brad’s exotic Christmas vacation and they are forced to partake in not one, not two, but FOUR family Christmases?
(1965) Charlie Brown and the whole peanuts gang search for the true meaning of Christmas.
Buddy (Will Farrell) grew up among the elves, but when he’s told he’s really a human he goes to New York in search of his real father.
(1989) John Hughes’ ode to Christmas. Clark Griswold and 25,000 Christmas Lights. Need I say more?
Dr Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Can’t get any better than Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
Nothing like the holidays (2008)
It’s a true family Christmas when all the far-flung members of the Rodriguez clan make it home to Chicago for the holidays.