Indulge in the holiday spirit with these five classic holiday movies

"Home Alone" is an iconic holiday classic, starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister who is left behind when his family leaves town for Christmas vacation.

As the winter winds come rushing in, nothing brings about the holiday spirit like sweets, hot cocoa and our favorite classic holiday movies. Most of us can’t deny the exciting feeling we get when the leaves begin to fall and family heads into town. Classic holiday movies will always have a place in our hearts, and no holiday would feel complete without them. Make sure you don’t miss out on Longhorn Life’s favorite holiday movie classics.

“A Christmas Story”
“You’ll shoot your eye out,” seems to be all little Ralphie hears as he tries to convince his parents to get him the one gift he wants for Christmas, a Red Ryder BB gun. With bad grades in school, profanity, fights and a dog-eaten turkey, this 1983 movie never gets old. Poor Ralphie is a character that we can all relate to. Luckily for him, his persistence ends up paying off. I’m sure we can all remember that one thing we just had to have on Christmas morning.

“Home for the Holidays”
This 1995, Jodie Foster-directed film is one we can all relate to. When holidays roll around so do family gatherings, and sometimes things get a little hectic. After being fired from her job, single mom Claudia, flies home to be with her family for Thanksgiving. With overbearing parents, crazy siblings and disasters on the way, Claudia has to figure out how to stay sane through this Thanksgiving visit. If you’re looking for a good drama packed with comedy, this is one you won’t want to miss.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
The movie adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is sure to keep your family on the edge of their seats. Filled with mischief and practical jokes, the Grinch (Jim Carrey) sets himself apart from Whoville, and comes to acquire a negative reputation. Young Cindy Lou Who takes a special interest in the Grinch and begins a mission to show the town they are missing the meaning of Christmas. Along the way, she softens the heart of the Grinch and the town of Whoville. This movie is full of life and color and will leave you in a warm holiday spirit.

“Sleepless in Seattle”
This romantic classic allows us to indulge in fate and true love as we eagerly watch two strangers end up meeting for what could be an eternal love. Featuring Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed, this holiday classic reminds us that sometimes a risk for love is worth taking, especially since this is based on a true story. Haven’t you ever dreamed of meeting your soul mate on Valentine’s Day while looking out over the beautiful Seattle sky?

“Home Alone”
If you’ve ever worried about what to do if a few ill-minded thieves try to break into your home, this is the perfect movie for you. This 1990s film is witty and full of humor. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who gets left behind on a family vacation. As thieves try to break in, Kevin is left fighting them off until his parents realize they forgot him at home! This movie is sure to hit home if you’ve ever been the one left out of a family vacation. KEVIN!

Holidays are the best time to sit down and snuggle up to one of our favorite holiday movie classics. For a breath of fresh air, a renewed hope in love or to simply watch a kid’s eyes light up for a Red Ryder BB gun, holiday movies make a perfect fit. Holiday movie classics will forever hold a place in history and add warmth to our hearts.