Slip on your Snuggie and dust off your favorite holiday films, 'cause Christmas is creeping up on us– and as always, it brings with it plenty of "veg-out" time. To celebrate the upcoming stay-cation in front of the TV, here are 10 of our favorite Christmas-movie moments no holiday season should be without.
1. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid.” (A Christmas Story)
That mall Santa’s the worst. So is that slide. Ralphie’s Christmas wish – a Red Rider BB gun – is met with a boot to the face and a trip down into a fluffy cotton pit of despair. Of all the memorable moments to be found in this holiday staple, this one tops the list.
2. “Every Time a Bell Rings…” (It’s a Wonderful Life)
Frank Capra plus Jimmy Stewart equals permanent holiday classic. If there’s a better way to end a movie, we don’t want to know about it.
3. A Griswold Family Christmas (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
Yeah, we can quote this scene verbatim too. Along with most of the movie, actually. That’s what happens when you annually revisit Chevy Chase’s eccentric patriarch struggling to have the best Christmas ever. Note to self: never, ever gift a membership to the “Jelly of the Month” club. Unless of course you want a weapons-grade tantrum to ensue.
4. Grinch Learns the True Meaning of Christmas (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
Fact: Your heart will also grow three sizes bigger after watching this 1966 holiday classic.
5. “AHHHHHHHH!” (Home Alone)
Yes, we love the “keep the change, you filthy animal!” scene too. Ditto the booby trap-filled finale pitting Kevin against “The Wet Bandits.” But international law dictates that no list of memorable Christmas-movie moments be without Kevin’s scream-tastic encounter with aftershave. Your inner 10-year-old is welcome.
6. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Love Actually)
Trying to pick just one great/memorable moment from writer-director Richard Curtis’ rom-com is a Sophie’s Choice. As much as we love the romantic, cue-card confessional between Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley, we have slightly more care space for the film’s showstopper: a performance of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” sung by one very talented little girl.
7. “Now I Have a Machine Gun” (Die Hard)
Trapped in an L.A. high-rise on Christmas Eve, John McClane (Bruce Willis) struggles to take down Eurotrash terrorists/thieves in this 1988 Christmas classic. The first baddie he takes out is basically a human Hallmark Card to the others.
8. “What’s This?!” (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Jack’s first visit to Christmas Town arguably brings with it the stop-motion classic’s best moment. This song is near the top of Danny Elfman’s impressive list of career watermarks.
9. Bing Crosby FTW! (White Christmas)
This holiday classic is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great Christmas moments. Everyone (should) know the titular song; they should also familiarize themselves quick with one of the film’s best musical moments: Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney’s duet of “Count Your Blessings.”
10. Bill Murray vs. Ghost of Christmas Present (Scrooged)
The improv-filled, sing-songy finale to Bill Murray’s underrated 1988 comedy Scrooged is classic. But one of the film’s best scenes (read: our favorite) comes when Carol Kane’s Ghost of Christmas Present goes all face-punchy on Murray’s heartless TV exec.
Honorable Mention: Worst. Christmas. Ever. (Gremlins)
Bad things happening on Christmas seems to be a tradition in the town of Kingston Falls. As Gremlins lay siege to the town, Kate (Phoebe Cates) takes a quick break to tell a gut punch of a story about how the day she learned there wasn’t a Santa was the day she also found out that she no longer had a father. Tonally, director Joe Dante straddles a fine line throughout his comical monster movie, and this scene marks a tipping point into some seriously dark – and memorable – territory.
What are your favorite Christmas movie moments? Sound off in the comments below!