Curling up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn is a time-honored tradition during the cold months of the holiday season, and every family has their favorite movies that they come back to over and over again.
Holiday films not only provide a bit of entertainment that everyone can partake in no matter how lousy the weather, but they can also serve to build bridges between generations. Grandparents who have been watching the same films for years recite their favorite lines in time with the characters, as little ones who are seeing the movie for the first time look up at them with wide eyes, wondering how on earth they knew what was about to be said. It’s all part of the magic of tradition — and holiday movies are among the most beloved traditions of the season.
Whether you’re partial to the whimsical story of Frosty the Snowman, drawn in by the tale of Scrooge learning to open his heart, or just can’t resist the magic of Miracle on 34th Street, the best holiday movies echo the sentiments of the season with poignant lessons of love and compassion. Here, we’ve collected 11 quotes from holiday movies that highlight the joy and wisdom that keep us watching, year after year.
You can mess with a lot of things. But you can't mess with kids on Christmas.“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
There's a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas.“Frosty the Snowman”
Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.“The Santa Clause”
God bless us, every one!“A Christmas Carol”
Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.“The Polar Express”
Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.“Miracle on 34th Street”
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.“Love Actually”
It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.“Scrooged”
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”"Elf"
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