Just hearing the title of a Christmas movie brings back nostalgia and memories. It's an American tradition to snuggle on the couch, hot chocolate in hand and a Christmas movie on TV. Christmas movies tend to elicit the joy and excitement of the holiday season, but they usually contain a lesson about the Christmas spirit. Below are the best Christmas movies with twisted, but reassuring, moral lessons.
A Christmas Story
This quintessential holiday tale brings to mind the very reason why you will never lick a frozen flagpole. The story revolves around little Ralphie, who is deterred from asking for a BB gun for Christmas by every adult, who tells him he will shoot his eye out. He ends up getting one nonetheless and has a scare when a stray BB knocks the glasses off his face. However, the story really revolves around the importance of family around the holidays, and the moral of this Christmas story is that no matter what mistakes you make in life, your family is what's ultimately important.
The Night Before
This 2015 Christmas movie follows three childhood friends who reunite on Christmas Eve to spend an action-packed night on the town in New York City. Although the film revolves around a night of debaucherous fun, it really highlights the importance of honest, loyal relationships.
This black comedy isn't a traditional Christmas movie, but it offers dark hilarity with a heart of gold. In Bad Santa, main character Willie is a con man who disguises himself as Santa to rob department stores. The convoluted story of misdeeds culminates in a young boy who idolized Willie saving him from getting arrested and killed. This Christmas movie points to the fact that those who appear to have the blackest hearts may be the kindest people of all.
In this hare-brained film, one elf born in the North Pole finds himself growing to be the size of a human. When he finds out his biological father is on the naughty list, he travels to New York City. Throughout his journey, he meets cynics who have eschewed the Christmas spirit in favor of greed and misery, but Buddy the Elf doesn't let that curtail his holiday enthusiasm. Elf demonstrates the importance of keeping faith and magic alive in a materialistic world.
In this atypical Christmas movie, Billy receives Gizmo, a furry little creature who comes with several warnings, as a Christmas present. When the warnings aren't followed, Gizmo spawns evil gremlins, who wreak havoc on a small town. Eventually, things return to normal, and the story ends with the lesson that if you follow instructions and do the right thing, evil will not take over.
Martin Riggs is a Los Angeles cop who lives recklessly ever since his wife died. In fact, Riggs doesn't mind putting himself in the line of fire if it means catching a criminal. This is not appealing to his partner Roger Murtaugh, who is a loving husband with a will to live. Although Riggs put Murtaugh in dangerously volatile situations throughout the movie, the film is ultimately about the loyalty between close friends even when they aren't related by blood.
In the 1942 musical that brought the song "White Christmas" to the world, a love triangle breaks up a longstanding New York City musical trio. Jim, one member of the trio, heads to a farm in Connecticut, where he opens the Holiday Inn, a performance venue open only on holidays that attracts Linda, the love of his life, who is looking for fame and fortune. Although the convoluted story involves an on-and-off love affair, in the end it turns out that true love runs deep.
Kevin McCallister feels like his huge family is getting the better of him. No one pays attention to what he really wants, and he feels like his needs are always overlooked because his siblings require more attention. For Christmas, he wishes that his family would disappear. When his family members leave for their holiday vacation and mistakenly leave Kevin at home, he is ecstatic that his dreams have come true until he realizes that taking care of yourself is a bigger responsibility than he signed up for. The charmed moral of the story is that no matter how challenging it is to be around your family, it's better than being alone for the holidays.