Best movies and songs for the holiday season

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

While it may be a highly debatable and possibly controversial subject, there are some classic holiday songs and movies that will definitely get you into the spirit of the season. So without further ado, here we go.

 

SONGS

 

  1. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” (By: John Lennon)

 

It’s just a good tune, plain and simple. Lennon’s voice and songwriting ability is on full display in this song, whether it’s The Beatles or his own music he was always great. The song also has an important meaning, given its subject matter. A true classic.

 

4 . “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (By: Frank Sinatra)

 

On a more peaceful note, Sinatra’s rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is calming, soothing and just all around a great listen. It’s that sound that will make you think of all the wonderful things you have in your life this holiday season.

 

  1. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” (By: Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan)

 

This song just has a great beat, it’s one of those songs that you can find yourself secretly jamming to while you put up the holiday decorations.

 

  1. “Driving Home for Christmas” (By: Chris Rea)

 

Especially for all of us university students, “Driving Home for Christmas” just gives you those good feels of going home for the holidays, having no worries about courses or exams anymore and just getting to spend some time with family.

 

  1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (By: Mariah Carey)

 

Alright, this one has to be the least debatable. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has to be one of the best upbeat and singable holiday songs of all time. I have yet to meet one person in the world who doesn’t crank up the volume the second they hear this song’s iconic opening on the radio.

 

MOVIES

 

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

Alright, I’m not sure why I like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a lot of the scenes are so gross and weird that I can’t even watch it. But, there’s something about it that’s still kind of painfully funny. I think it makes the list for me because of the opening scene and song.

 

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 Version)

 

Sure, the Jim Carey version is funny, but the original animated version is just as good, if not better. Sometimes the holiday animated movies are still the best for getting the message across.

 

  1. Home Alone/Home Alone 2

 

I think any great holiday movie has some comedy involved — the Home Alone movies are comical, led by a way-to-young-to-be-home-alone kid tricking some prison escapees. The concept of forgetting a kid whilst getting on a plane to another country or state may be bizarre, but it’s also hilarious.

 

  1. Love Actually

 

I think this one does a great job of following so many (love) stories (10 in all) spanning from the young generations — Sam (Thomas Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson), to the heartache stories of loss and heartbreak in the older generations. There are so many elements in the film, gut-wrenching scenes (when Karen, portrayed by Emma Thompson, is in tears listening to “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell after realizing her husband has bought an expensive necklace for his secretary). It’s just got it all, and the ending, topped with “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys seals the deal. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must for you this season.

 

  1. Elf

 

Despite being a standard Will Ferrell silly comedy at its most basic level, Elf has become one of the funniest and most heart-warming movies of the holiday season. From the highly memorable quotes, made-up songs, maple syrup and the simple reminder to believe during the holidays, no matter what it is you need to believe in. It’s because of these reasons and countless others why Elf is what I consider to be the best movie of the holidays.

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