There are many things we love about Christmas; the abundance of mouth-watering food, presents under the tree, and, of course, time to relax with those nearest and dearest.
And what better way to chill out than with a pair of Penneys Christmas PJs, a selection box, and a good ol’ festive film.
Here are our picks of the 10 movies to cosy up with before Santa comes.
2. Four Christmases
When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) must spend Christmas Day trudging around to a quartet of family get-togethers. While Brad counts the hours till he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members are so crazy after all.
No one does Christmas better than Reese Witherspoon (just check out her Instagram and see for yourself) so we’re hardly going to say no to a flick that sees her celebrate the day four times.
3. Dr Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).
Is it just us or is baby Grinch kind of adorable? Either way, we definitely relate to him and his first-world problems of socialisation and picking an outfit.
4. Single All The Way
Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about being single, Peter persuades best friend Nick to pose as his boyfriend on a trip home for the holidays.
Fake dating. Back home for the holidays. Oh and Jennifer Coolidge, this may have only come out in 2021, but it’s already a classic.
5. Home Alone
When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence and that he alone must protect the family home.
Two decades later and we still haven’t sussed out how Kevin’s dad was able to afford their enormous house AND a trip to Paris for the whole extended family.
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
Who doesn’t get as excited to rewatch Elf as Buddy does for Christmas?
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation