Michaela's Essential Holiday Viewing Guide

It's past midnight here on the Emerald Isle, so Thanksgiving is officially upon us. (Even though they don't celebrate it here, the savages.) As such, it is now OK by me if you want to listen to festive music, decorate your house, or watch any films on this list. Other movies require written permission from me before viewing. Happy Holidays, y'all.
  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    It's fun, it's cute, it's Peanuts, it's Thanksgiving! The gateway to all other festive films. Be sure to watch with plenty of popcorn and jelly beans on hand.
  2. Miracle on 34th Street
    Must watch this before all other Christmas movies. Must watch on Thanksgiving, after the parade and the dog show. Must wish Maureen O'Hara was your un-festive mom turned believer.
  3. It's a Wonderful Life
    Watch this one as close to Christmas Day as possible, and with people you care about. It's a classic. Jimmy Stewart is just so great. EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFUL. YOUR LIFE MATTERS!!!
  4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    You could literally watch this in the middle of July and you'd still be brought to tears by the scene where the grandpa catches the tree on fire and kills the cat. Just pure comedy.
  5. Elf
    Guys. It's Will Ferrell, it's Zooey Deschanel, it's that guy from The Godfather, it's that famous old guy...it's all the humor and all the heart you want from your holiday entertainment. A true classic.
  6. The Muppet Christmas Carol
    If you have to watch A Christmas Carol, this is the only acceptable version. All other interpretations are inferior.
  7. The Santa Clause
    This entire movie is basically just buildup to that scene where they walk out to the sleigh in slow motion, with ZZ Top playing in the background. Also it's cute and funny and tells an inspirational story about the importance of divorced parents working together for the kid...but mostly the sleigh part.
  8. The Polar Express
    This movie is fantastic if you are able to look past the somewhat eerie, "Uncanny Valley" type effect you get from the animation. I love it. Also when T. Hanks plays more than 2 characters in a film, you know it's gonna be 🔥🔥🔥
  9. Home Alone
    Watch this to get some inspo for home security on a budget! Also, take a moment to reflect on who Macauley Culkin has become, and how random it is that dated Mila Kunis. Then, get back to appreciating a hilarious and heartwarming holiday film. Plus, the sequel ain't bad! But only watch Home Alone 2. The other ones are just a waste of film.
  10. White Christmas
    This movie used to be assigned watching for me when I was a dancer, because my teacher wanted us to get our lines as straight as they do in all their show stopping production numbers. Sadly, we sucked. But the guys in this movie don't! Watch if you like a good musical number and appreciate the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby.
  11. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Watch this one last, preferably on Christmas Day. It is the standard all other Christmas specials aspire to. Gripe about commercialism with Charlie Brown. Dance with Schroder. Appreciate your BFF with Snoopy and Woodstock. Learn the importance of personal hygiene with Pigpen. It's all there, my friends.