10 Cozy Classics this Christmas

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



This is your “captain” speaking. Sit back, relax and take notes because these movies are so saturated with nostalgia, family and holiday cheer it’ll be like getting hit in the face with a snowball of Christmas spirit.


“Home Alone 1 and 2”

The first two are classics and the third one is good, but avoid the fourth one AT ALL COSTS. You’ve been warned.

“Santa Clause 1-3”

Want some insight into the enigma that is Santa? These movies dive into the minutia of Ol’ Saint Nick’s daily life. If you haven’t seen them … it’s time.


How can you even have a holiday article without mentioning “Elf?!” You HAVE to watch it. No questions asked.

“The Holiday”

Having a little something for everyone—warm LA weather, beautiful snowy landscapes, great music, talented actors and smoooooth British accents—“The Holiday” is just what you need this Christmas.

“White Christmas”

Bing Crosby serenading you with his velvet pipes—what could be better than that?

“Miracle on 34th Street”

I grew up watching this one—the 1994 version, not 1947—and it’s so good it almost convinces me to believe in Santa every time I watch it!

“The Polar Express”

I’m just now noticing how many of these movies are furthering the Santa Claus agenda, but that’s chill. There are worse things out there to believe in. Plus, I like the message—too much logic and reason can lead to a lack of or difficulty with faith/belief.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Here’s one that’s ANTI-Santa! You can choose to watch the new animated “Grinch” that came out a couple weeks ago, OR you can go with the Jim Carrey classic—personally scared me a bit when I was little, but we’re all good now.

“Love, Actually”

The fact that it showed up on every Christmas movie list I looked up was a pretty good indicator that it deserved to be on mine as well. Aside from the casual nudity—as in they casually were COMPLETELY naked on occasion—crude language and annoyingly negative, but occasionally accurate, representation of Americans, “Love, Actually” was flippin’ adorable. They filmed it from the idea of connections and reconnections made in airport terminals with footage of actual people shown in the beginning and end of the movie.


“While You Were Sleeping”

Possibly one of my favorite movies of all time, this is one of Sandra Bullock’s earlier films and potentially one of her best. It’s a story with genuine, real characters teaching you about family, love and LIES. Jokes! While there’s a little fibbing, the message is clearly one of virtue. Seriously, if you watch ANY of these movies, THIS IS THE ONE TO WATCH.

Thanks for your support this semester! Merry Christmas and feel free to text me with your family’s favorite holiday movies I might’ve missed so I can watch them over break.

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Movie Guy

Nicholas Morrison is a senior studying graphic design.