We’re suckers for Christmas. The bright lights, the gingerbread houses, the cheesy music, the British “crackers,” the ability to eat and drink to excess without being considered a glutton or an alcoholic! We especially love that cozy feeling that comes from watching favorite movies with a wintery vibe — not necessarily official Christmas movies, but just ones that honor love and family with some cold weather thrown in. Here’s our top 10. (If you’re wondering why “Love, Actually”, the definition of “romantic holiday movie”, didn’t make the cut, it’s because Lo thinks that sexist movie sucked reindeer balls.)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas – Creepy Christmas-obsessed dolls in a macabre parallel universe singing to each other in minor chords under a giant full moon: “My dearest friend, if you don’t mind,I’d like to join you by your side, where we can gaze into the stars, and sit together,now and forever.For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.” No Disney romance can hold a candle to that sweetness.
- When Harry Met Sally – The holiday scenes in the city automatically qualify it for inclusion on this list. It’s the kind of movie you can happily watch for the third or fourth time while hungover with friends and loved ones after a blow-out holiday party the night before.
- The Family Stone – It’s not the greatest movie, but what it lacks in believable plot points (come on, an engaged man and woman each fall for their partner’s sibling overnight?), it makes up for in awesome Christmas decorations, awkward family dinner conversations and the always awesome Diane Keaton.
- It’s a Wonderful Life — That iconic telephone scene is one of the most dramatic, romantic, sexually tense movie-moments ever made.
- Moonstruck — New York City at Christmas-time is one of the leading characters in this classic romantic comedy. Makes you want to buy some Christmas cookies from a Brooklyn baker and then have hot monkey sex with them (i.e. the baker, with or without the cookies).