Movies are my favorite way to celebrate the holidays and so is the Swedish coffee cake that is seriously in a league of its own, but that deserves its own post!

In order to kick off the season, there are three movies that I watch towards the middle of November and into December to make the merriest time of year feel complete. I’m sure everyone has their favorites but mine are Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and The Santa Clause.

There’s a house that looks a lot like the house from Home Alone when I look at Christmas lights and it always gets me excited for my favorite Christmas movie of all time. I know all the lines now and exactly what’s coming when Kevin prepares his house for Harry and Marv, but that’s the fun of it! Nothing quite compares to the original so no matter how many times you see remakes or Lost In New York, you always have to go back to the one that started them all.

Ah, yes the classic tale of boy wanting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Every time Ralphie gets asked what he wants for Christmas and he tells them, he’s met with a chorus of “you’ll shoot your eye out!” My family watches A Christmas Story basically on repeat every Christmas Day after breakfast and once we’ve finished opening presents. We know every line, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

Peter Billingsley sits on Santa’s lap in a scene from the film ‘A Christmas Story’, 1983. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

The Santa Clause is a great example of a movie that doesn’t need sequels, but like many movies from the 90s, it ended up with some. This movie tells the story of Charlie whose parents are going through a divorce. When Charlie’s dad “inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place (” This is a good rainy day movie to watch while cuddled up on the couch. I always want hot chocolate after seeing Judy’s special blend she makes for Scott Calvin!

THE SANTA CLAUSE, Eric Lloyd, Tim Allen, 1994, ©Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Hope you have an amazing holiday and don’t forget to watch your favorite holiday movies this season!

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