Christmas may be the time for giving, but it’s also the time to give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday insanity. So pour yourself a stiff glass of eggnog, plop down on the couch for a few hours and enjoy one of your favorite festive flicks—or check out one of these recommendations from some of our favorite country stars.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s set in Chicago, and I’m from Illinois, and I have an uncle exactly like Clark W. Griswold. He’s that guy. You know, up on the ladder stapling himself to the house with the lights.
Bad Santa—the director’s cut. Check it out sometime. You won’t believe it.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is definitely a standard around the holidays. It’s very quotable and fun.
DAN SMYERS of Dan + Shay
It’s not necessarily a Christmas movie, but it’s got a Christmas theme: Home Alone. I don’t know. I’ve watched that movie so much. I can’t watch it enough. I grew up on that. Every Christmas I’ll put that on.
SHAY MOONEY of Dan + Shay
There was always one movie that was on when I was growing up and it was like a claymation version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and I always used to watch that every year. I’ll probably be watching that again.
HILLARY SCOTT of Lady Antebellum
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I can pretty much quote it line-for-line. It’s amazing.
It’s not thought of as a Christmas movie, but it is: Grumpy Old Men. They go through Thanksgiving and Christmas in the movie, so it’s seasonally accurate. But it’s always one that just feels like Christmas to me.
My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. My favorite scene from that movie is when Eddie and Clark are buying light bulbs. I didn’t notice this the first 70 or so times I watched it, but something is going on in Eddie’s pants. It’s absolutely hilarious. It’s one of those things you don’t catch at first.
Miracle on 34th Street is that movie that I’ll watch 10 times through the holidays and I’ll cry at the end every time, but for me, Elf. It’s a great idea, so well-written.
MADDIE MARLOW of Maddie & Tae
Maddie Marlow: Elf! What’s your favorite color? I could watch that in the summer and still love it.
TAE DYE of Maddie & Tae
Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase, for sure.
I usually watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It brings me back to my childhood.
My wife has always loved White Christmas with Bing Crosby. We watch that every year with the kids.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I never watch a lot of TV, to be really honest with you. But that’s like my childhood memory. So I’d probably sit down and watch it again.
A Christmas Story is hard to beat. You’ll shoot your eye out!
photo by Tammie Arroyo