We’ll be damned if date night means venturing out in this cold. Factor in the crazy, package-laden shoppers, and our desire to depart drops to zero. The toastiest alternative to going out? Staying in. Bunker down with a cozy throw and a holiday flick that warms the soul (if not the toes!). Hot cocoa and a snuggly date are highly recommended. After all, he’ll love being under the covers with you, and you’ll love staying under cover!
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Classic Griswold disaster-inducing antics featuring Chevy Chase (Clark) weave a warm holiday tale of electrocuted cats, desiccated turkey, countless Cousin Eddie (played by Randy Quaid) quips and an all’s-well-that-ends-well family.
He’ll love: That he’s more coordinated than Clark.
You’ll love: That your Christmas is bound to go smoother than this family’s.
2. Die Hard (1988)
Although some might not opt for a holiday movie with death in the title, Die Hard technically classifies as a holiday movie, considering it takes place during a Christmas party and contains the cookie-cutter plot struggle between good and evil.
He’ll love: Being lured to the couch by a timeless action flick.
You’ll love: Heroine Holly Gennero, a take charge lady that puts her career first and keeps her cool.
If Blades of Glory didn’t convince you that Will Farrell in tights is a crowd-pleaser, than this movie will surely do the trick. Farrel plays Buddy, a human raised by elves who journeys to New York City at Christmastime to look for his real family. The results? Pure hilarity, light on the drama with a tear-free ending.
He’ll love: Buddy’s 17-second belch.
You’ll love: The adorable singing shower scene.
For a plot that promotes holiday hope akin to the miracle of Christmas itself, Serendipity is a shoe-in for this list. A holiday shopping trip that unites two taken characters turns into a test of destiny for Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack.
He’ll love: Seeing funny-boy Jeremy Piven make a pre-Entourage appearance.
You’ll love: John Cusack.
5. Scrooged (1988)
It’s Bill Murray at his best, as cantankerous TV exec Frank Cross interacting with Christmas ghosts (past, present and future, of course) of the fairy and cab-driving variety, and Bobcat Goldthwait as an employee so disgruntled, he makes Bob Cratchit look like a snow angel.
He’ll love: That his boss sucks less than Frank Cross.
You’ll love: When Frank reconnects with his former love.
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