Many of us will be busy with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, working extra hours, driving amongst angry drivers, and dealing with the holiday blues. Before Scrooge gets you in his sights pop one of these movies in for an instant feel good, and a friendly reminder of what the holidays are really about. I hope you enjoy the list, and if you have any to add feel free to leave your recommendation in the comment box below. Happy Holidays!
5)Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
I know what you’re thinking, Thanksgiving over Christmas? As cute as Charlie Brown’s Christmas is, I’m partial to the bond of man and man’s best friend in this adorable Thanksgiving movie. Snoopy even tries to save the day when Peppermint Patty invites herself as well as two others over for a Thanksgiving feast. For those who have seen it, their dinner is the sweetest, funniest, and cutest concoction that Snoopy can come up with in a pinch. At the end of the day, it’s dear Marcie that helps to put the true meaning of the holiday into perspective.
“We should just be thankful for just being together. I think that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.”
4) Addam’s Family Values(1993)
Perhaps this isn’t your typical holiday movie and Thing probably isn’t what you would consider a”pet,” but I think we can all appreciate the similarities between Thing and some of our four-legged friends. The Addams Family is by far what you would find in a Sears catalog, but it’s their loyalty and ability to stay calm and collective while making personal sacrifices for their loved ones that really gets you in the feels. The Thanksgiving feast is beyond comical in this film, and I would say personally favored over the first television to film adaptation The Addams Family in 1991. While Raul Julia is sadly no longer with us, his depiction of Gomez Addams was genius and wise. It’s literally the Addams Family values that draws you into this movie, and leaves you longing to be an Addams too.
3) The Muppet Christmas Carol(1992)
There are so many adaptations of Charles Dickens Christmas classic, but the Muppet Christmas Carol is my second to 1988’s Scrooged. I realize these aren’t “real” animals, but you can’t get more pet/animal friendly than the muppets. Kermit plays poor mistreated Bob Cratchit while Sir Michael Caine leads with a grumpy brute force as Scrooge. This timeless classic story pulls on your heartstrings no matter how many times you may have seen it (regardless of version), or read it. It’s simply not Christmas without it. What makes Muppet Christmas Carol standout over other renditions are the beautifully written songs in true Jim Henson style.
2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Due to strong language, I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie with children that are easily influenced.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a nonstop laugh riot. What adds to this families nonstop disastrous holiday are a rottweiler named Snot (for very obvious reasons), a cat who was accidentally wrapped as a present by a delusional Great Aunt, and a squirrel that makes it into the house under some very hilarious circumstances. At the end of the movie you have an almost broken and defeated Clark Griswold about to swear off Christmas for good, when he finally realizes the importance of his family and what they mean to him as well as what he means to them.
1)Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977)
Christmas can’t officially begin in the Ries household if Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas isn’t playing. A holiday tradition since I can remember, this Jim Henson classic features a plethora of woodland critters singing, dancing, and even playing in a rock and roll band. What makes this movie stand out to me, is the fact that I’ve seen it at the bare minimum 35 times and it still melts my heart to this day. Christmas isn’t always about what you receive, it’s way more than that. The holidays are about coming together, committing personal sacrifices just to see your loved one happy, and enjoying some beautiful music. It’s an amazing movie that should be enjoyed by everyone.