My Favorite Holiday Flicks

Let’s be honest, binge watching all my favorite holiday movies is pretty much the best tradition ever.  A tradition that requires zero effort other then plopping down on the couch, or my bed if I please, tuning up ye olde dvd player and settling in for the night. I am all about the minimal effort when it comes to the holidays and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t participated in this tradition several times already. Some people hit the mall this time of year, some people hit the couch. I’m team couch, the mall is way too crowded.

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‘Tis the season.

So, you know, because I love you I think it’s time we talk about my top 5 favorite holiday flicks. I’m hoping you’ve seen most, if not all, of these so that we have that much in common. If not, add them to your list and return so we can discuss. Movie time!


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*image via Movie Gazette

White Christmas – Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary freakin’ Clooney, and of course… Vera-Ellen’s legs. It’s just my favorite. I sing all the songs and wish I could dance all the dances, and of course I cry when they surprise the general at the end and open those big barn doors and it’s snowing! Plus, the clothes. I die. Here’s a handy schedule for all the times “White Christmas” is showing on tv if you don’t happen to own a copy of the dvd.

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*image via Nair My Brain

The Family Stone – Okay okay, so much of this movie makes me cringe. SJP does an uncanny job playing the most uptight-person-you-want-to-hate in the history of ever. But the person I love most is Luke Wilson’s Ben, who can resist an adorable stoner??

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*image via The Atlantic and also a fairly scathing analysis of the film

Love Actually– I have mixed feelings on this one but I watch it every year anyway. There’s just so much going on! But then, it all comes together of course and not everyone goes home happy and that’s life, right? I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, sing with me now! (And then this commentary from Clickhole made me laugh big time too so you should probably go watch that before you watch the movie.)


*image via Alpha Coders

National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationTwo words: Cousin Eddie. If you don’t love this movie the way I love this movie, time to get off the island. JOY TO THE WORLD!!

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*image via Buzzfeed

ElfDoes syrup have sugar? Then YES. We watch this every year while trimming the tree, because it’s the best. THE BEST.

So there’s my top 5. Do we have any in common? What am I missing?!


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. SS :

    Team couch!

  2. Amelie @ Amelie's Bookshelf :

    Oh, Love Actually! My favorite of all! We’re bringing it to my dad’s house this Christmas because (gasp!) he’s never seen it. “To me, you are perfect.”