Iconic holiday tv episodes and films to get you into the holiday spirit

By Erick Joven

It is that time of the year when the weather becomes chilly and our families come together to celebrate the holidays. Let’s make sure not to neglect our film families in this jolly time. Here are some of the best holiday television episodes and Movies you can watch to get into the holiday spirit.

Friends: The One With The Holiday Armadillo, Season 7 Episode 10

While introducing Ben to Christmas, Ross tries to do something special. He heads over to the store to buy a Santa outfit. However they are sold out, so he settles for the next best thing: the Holiday Armadillo.

The Office: Christmas Party, Season 2 Episode 10

How could anyone forget this iconic Christmas episode where the office staff plays secret Santa. After Michael Scott exceeds the $20 and buys an iPod, the staff then competes for the iPod which ruins the mood. In order to make up for it Michael breaks the rules and buys the staff adult beverages.

Seinfeld: The Strike, Season 9 Episode 20

The episode that brought us Festivus, an alternative holiday to Christmas. However George’s boss, Mr. Kruger does not buy into his fantasy. George invites him over for dinner to prove that it is indeed real.

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This timeless classic scared many of us when we were young, but has become a classic we cannot go without in the holiday season. Who (pun intended) could not love “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch!”

Home Alone (1990)

Another timeless classic that will never get old as the years continue to go on. The Iconic “Setting the Trap” scene will forever go on in our hearts as one of the greatest moments in film history, beginning with the ‘Battle Plan’ all the way to the perfect execution. While there are many sequels and even a new spin-off, nothing compares to the classic.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Jim Henson tackles Charles Dickens in this muppet adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Kermit and Miss Piggy play the Cratchits and Michael Caine plays Ebeneezer Scrooge. For a dose of childhood nostalgia, this is the perfect holiday flick.

The Santa Clause (1994)

A staple in many households, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen in a fat suit might not scream Christmas at first, but when Allen accidentally kills Santa and replaces him, both hilarious hijinks and emotional moments take place.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is hilarious as an oversized elf who searches for his father in New York City. There are so many quotable lines in this movie that it is hard to not recite the whole thing as you watch. Break out your spaghetti and maple syrup and get cozy for this one.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Our generation is not without culture and we can appreciate a classic movie too. This one is considered a masterpiece for a reason. Jimmy Stewart’s film is heartwarming, funny, and even profound. It’s a good one to remind us that the holidays are about more than just presents. Bring the tissues for this one.