After you and your family unwrap your presents on Christmas morning, you’ll inevitably be faced with the question of what to do next. If you nowhere else you need to go and nothing to do, why not stay in the living room the rest of the day, maybe start a fire in the fireplace, and spend the day watching movies. Obviously, there are plenty of Christmas movies for you to choose, but check out our list of the ultimate Christmas Day movie marathon.
It’s A Wonderful Life
If you’re going to have a Christmas movie marathon, you have to get it started right, and there’s no better way to do that than with It’s A Wonderful Life. This Jimmy Stewart classic is essentially a remake of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. To be honest, if you don’t watch It’s A Wonderful Life at least one time during the holiday season, you’re missing out, so you might as well watch it on Christmas morning.
Miracle on 34th Street
There are few movies that embody the Christmas spirit better than Miracle on 34th Street. If you’re a Christmas purist, you’ll want to opt for the black & white version. Of course, there’s also a modern version of Miracle on 34th Street that was made in 1994 and is almost as good as the original.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This is another classic Christmas movie that can’t be ignored. Again, there are a couple options. If you feel that your movie marathon is starting to drag, pop in the cartoon version for a quick little pick-me-up. But if you have a little more time, feel free to watch the Jim Carrey live-action version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s a little bit longer, obviously, but it does an amazing job of making Whoville come alive.
When evening rolls around, it’s only appropriate to watch a more romantic movie. Of course, there’s no better movie that blends Christmas and romance than Love Actually. The best part of this movie is that if you need a little help getting the kids to bed after a busy day, watching Love Actually may give them the encouragement to fall asleep.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
After watching many of the classics during the early part of the day, end your Christmas with something a little more light and funny. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas fits that description perfectly. It may not be the most traditional Christmas movie, but it’ll be a great way to unwind and relax after the kids go to bed following a busy Christmas Day.