You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen.
But do you know Davey Stone, George Bailey, Ralphie Parker or Emmet Otter?
They’re the stars of some of my favorite holiday classics.
Holiday classics are a great source of inspiration and insight.
Find Your Version of Happiness
As with any movies, holiday classics are stories with conflict and resolution. Themes range from fitting in to standing out. Some of the best stories are where the villain becomes the hero and defeats their inner demons.
Another common theme I see is find your version of happiness.
Enjoy What’s Right in Front of You
The beauty of the holiday classics is that they make you feel good. From finding your inner child to unleashing your better self, there’s a common theme of making the most of what you’ve got, enjoy what’s right in front of you, and lead the life you want to live.
In this post, I share my key take aways from these holiday movies.
Best Lessons Learned from 25 Holiday Classics
Here are my lessons learned from 25 holiday classics. If you already know the movie, then the take away might make sense for you. If you don’t know the movie, I’ve included links to Amazon, Wikipedia, and IMDB so you can check it out. Feel free to share your favorite holiday movies and lessons learned in the comments. Enjoy!
1. Eight Crazy Nights
|8 Crazy Nights Davey Stone had a few lessons to learn: Don’t let the past keep you from seeing what’s right in front of you, don’t push away the people that are there to help you, and don’t be your own worst enemy. I think the lesson we learn watching Davey is similar to Peaceful Warrior – “the people that are the hardest to love, often need it the most.”
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
|A Charlie Brown Christmas Don’t let the commercialism get in the way of meaning or significance for you. Just because you might be surrounded by it, doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a part for you.
3. A Christmas Carol
|A Christmas Carol. Bob Marley teaches us that we wear the chains we forge in life. Ebenezer Scrooge teaches us that you can change your life over-night and it’s never too late to change. He also teaches us to live the life you want to lead, and live each day how you want to be remembered. My favorite version was always Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, but now I’m seriously a fan of Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. Other variations include The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Flintstones Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and of course, the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. I also like the made for T.V. movies and when sitcoms do their version of a A Christmas Carol.
4. A Christmas Story
5. Bad Santa
|Bad Santa. Believing in somebody can bring out their best. Kids can remind us what really matters and what the right thing to do is. Also, conmen are people too, and everybody makes mistakes. The real question is, how do you write your story forward?
|Elf. I think this is about unleashing your inner-elf.
7. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
8. Frosty the Snowman
9. Home Alone
|Home Alone. Don’t forget your kids when you go on vacation … bad stuff happens.
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
|How The Grinch Stole Christmas. You can’t really steal Christmas, since it’s not the toys and the food. Everybody has a soft spot, even the Grinch. Sometimes it’s shutting people out that turns them sour, just like letting them in can bring out their best.
11. It’s a Wonderful Life
|It’s a Wonderful Life. Focus on what’s right in your life, over dwelling on what’s wrong.
12. Jingle All the Way
|Jingle All the Way. To your kids, you’re the most important hero. You don’t have to be perfect. Just know they look up to you.
13. Lemon Drop Kid
|Lemon Drop Kid. Even con men can do right … and make people laugh along the way.
14. Little Drummer Boy
|Little Drummer Boy. Step up to the plate and be your best, or in this case, “play” your best.
15. March of the Wooden Soldiers
|March of the Wooden Soldiers. Team up. It’s a better together story where good triumphs over evil.
16. Miracle on 34th Street
|Miracle on 34th Street. Stay curious and believe in possibility. Miracles happen. Your beliefs can limit or enable what’s possible and what you perceive.
17. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
|National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Everybody has their own version of what a perfect holiday means. Don’t impose you’re your “perfect” on others. When things don’t go as planned, roll with the punches and make the most of it.
18. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
|Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. It’s the differences that can be your strengths. For Nestor, his ears became his strength when he could hear the angels sing, while everybody was blinded from the storm.
19. The Polar Express
20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
21. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town
|Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town. You can melt cold hearts with acts of kindness. While Kris had limited luck melting Burgermeister’s heart, he had more luck with the Winter Warlock and turned him into an ally. Even though Santa visits only once a year, he really wants the holiday spirit to last throughout the year.
22. The Bishop’s Wife
|The Bishop’s Wife. Get your priorities straight. While you chase your dreams, never lose sight of what’s most important.