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Psychology Today, Dr. Pamela Rutledge says holiday movies are an important antidote to COVID stress and Zoom fatigue. They create a profound sense of hope, social connection, love, and purpose. Streaming movies, shows, or series allow us to “suspend disbelief and revel in the simplicity” of predicting the outcome, being inspired by the values, and feeling reassured “that the world will be put right, especially now when everything feels so upended.” We can watch those same experiences over and over again because familiarity is also good for the soul.
Below are 20 of my favorites, and four movie series, and a few extras at the end. The list is by no means exhaustive. These movies just fall at the top of my personal watch list. They are not in any particular order but are holiday movies that I love enough to watch again, and again, and again.
HERE IS A MEDITATION ON CHRISTMAS
4 – BLACK NATIVITY is a Christmas based on Langston Hughes’ gospel oratorio is on AMAZON.
5 – THE HOLIDAY is one favorite to watch all year round, also available on AMAZON.
6 – HOLIDAY RUSH is another NETFLIX favorite, starring Romany Malco and Sonequa Martin-Green.
7 – CHRISTMAS LODGE, on AMAZON, is my go-to feel-good movie, emphasizing, love, spirituality, family, and the joy of giving.
8 – A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS is a HALLMARK movie featuring two of my favorites – Vivica Fox and Ricco Ross is available on AMAZON.
9 – A FAMILY CHRISTMAS GIFT with Holly Robinson-Pete and Patti LaBelle is another HALLMARK favorite, available on AMAZON.
10 – POLAR EXPRESS, starring Tom Hanks, takes us on a classic holiday ride that is magical and transformational on AMAZON.
11 – EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS is my favorite Christmas love story and Scrooge tale, featuring Toni Braxton and Michael jai White on AMAZON.
12 – CHRISTMAS HOTEL, with Sean Patrick Thomas and Tatyana Ali, is another holiday rom-com with an all-star cast on AMAZON.
13 – A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS is a wonderful story of love, loss, and redemption, which can also be accessed through AMAZON.
14 – CHRISTMAS WITH A VIEW is great story of trust, betrayal and triumph, available on AMAZON with great, diverse casting.
15 – ANGELS IN THE SNOW is a remarkable story about the power of entertaining strangers, as they might be angels, on AMAZON.
16 – WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING is a holiday classic filled with the values of family, friendship, and love, available on AMAZON.
17 – CHRISTMAS KISS is another movie I watch at least once a year as it uplifts creativity, courage, and compassion, available on AMAZON.
18 – A GINGERBREAD ROMANCE is about the power of creativity, team work and support for one another. Also available on AMAZON.
18 – JINGLE BELL BRIDE provides terrific performances by Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe, Jr. Also available on AMAZON.
19 – A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is another favorite, with a great plot about change, family, and healing. Also available on AMAZON.
20 – LAST HOLIDAY is a feel-good favorite, with an all-star cast sharing the gift of prosperity. Also available on AMAZON.
CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN IS A MOVIE SERIES TO FOLLOW. AVAILABLE ON HALLMARK OR AMAZON.
THE CHANDLER FAMILY MOVIES ARE ALSO SOME GO-TO FAVORITES FROM AMAZON – UP FAITH FAMILY.
ANGELAS CHRISTMAS MOVIES ARE ALSO A GIFT OF LOVE, SACRIFICE AND DELIGHT. AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX.
THE CHRISTMAS SWITCH MOVIES ARE ALSO FUN WITH A TALENTED CAST, STARRING VANESSA HUDGENS ON NETFLIX.
“If you’re feeling guilty indulging in a holiday movie, don’t. If anyone in your family gives you
grief, tell them it is cinematherapy. DR. PAMELA RUTLEDGE FROM PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT THE LOVE BETWEEN A FIRE OFFICER AND A MAYORS DAUGHTER.
HERE IS ANOTHER SERIES WORTH MENTIONING, ACCESSED VIA AMAZON
THESE ARE ONLY SOME OF MY FAVORITES, WHICH ARE NOT ON THE USUAL LISTS.
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