Christmas. Xmas. Yuletide. Christmastide. Noelle. Holidays. A festive season with many names and traditions. Hot-cocoa, mulled wine, chocolates, gingerbread houses, ice skating, taking a selfie with a Santa at the pop-up market, colorful lights, and the same Christmas songs over and over wherever you turn. If you are lucky to live somewhere that gets a lot of snow around this time, it can be quite cozy.
Although this year's Christmas is going to be celebrated differently for many, it is at the same time something you know is around the corner. It might offer a sense of comfort and stability in these uncertain times, a weird feeling that everything is the same as it ever was. Send those post-cards to friends and family, wrap that gift in the snowman-printed red-and-green paper, although you may have to drop it off at the post office rather than under the Christmas tree.
After you have done all the last-minute online shopping and food preparations, rolling meatballs, pickling herring, filling sausages, and boiling porridge, why not have a taste of this year's Christmas brew and plump down on the couch and watch a movie? We have prepared just for this post-food preparation exhaustion, a great list of the best Christmas movies out there. To fulfill your complete immersion into Santa Clause-land, the films on the top-list has quick links to the popular streaming platforms and providers you have come to love - Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and iTunes. The best Christmas movies ready for streaming, all neatly wrapped up in a wish-list on FILMANDTV.com.
There are almost as many Christmas movies as there are songs on the same theme. New ones are always being written and recorded, produced, and premiered, while the classics still stand the test of time. Classics such as "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas," and the many adaptations of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," also known as "Scrooge."
One movie to be selected for preservation in the Academy Film Archive is the comedy-drama "Miracle on 34th Street." After its release receiving three Academy Awards, it became an instant hit and beloved Christmas movie. In this heartfelt comedy, a man named Kris Kringle (Edmund Green) finds the man supposed to play Santa in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to be drunk. Kris complains to the event director Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) that convinces him to take his place. As it turns out, Kris is a natural talent and becomes hired to perform as Santa at Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.
The movie is a Christmas favorite and always comes up when talking about excellent Christmas movies. Did you know that in 1985, the black-and-white classic was one of the first movies to be colorized?
Moving far away from the dreamy Christmas celebration in New York, another timeless movie is "The Shop Around the Corner." Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, it is a story taking place in Budapest about two shopkeepers who can't stand each other but don't realize they are falling in love. Today it might sound like something you have seen a million times, but it works so well.
Among modern classics and less conventional, you find "Bad Santa," "Elf," "Tangerine," or "Die Hard," the latter which has somehow become the most popular Christmas movie ever made. Perhaps a proof the Christmas movie genre is a lot more versatile than one might think. That said, check out the top-list below of the newest and best Christmas movies available for online streaming. From horror movies like "Krampus" to straight-up laugh fests like the ridiculous "Jingle All the Way", we have what you need to turn this Christmas into a good – and safe – ol’ time.