What is your favorite movie to watch at the holidays? We want to know. | ET REALITY


When I was a kid, holidays meant no school, which gave me the opportunity to curl up on the couch in a robe and fuzzy socks while drinking hot chocolate from a red thermos. We would all meet at home and, if we were lucky, it would snow outside and we would usually put on a movie: “A Christmas Story.”

Scenes from the film became so familiar that it seemed as if they had happened in real life. When Ralphie almost shoots him out in the eye. The codebreaker tells him to make sure he drinks the Ovaltine from him. And the other boy who, in a triple challenge, stick your tongue to the frozen antler. She had seen the movie so many times.

Other traditions took over as I grew older. When I was in college, I would come home during Thanksgiving break and put on “Home for the Holidays” by Jodie Foster while I drank a peppermint mocha. In the early 2000s, I spent every Christmas queuing at the theater with friends to see Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy; When “The Hobbit” movies came out about a decade later, I looked forward to sharing on an adventure with Mithrandir every December.

I am now a wife and mother, and I hope my son finds his own treasured movies and meaningful personal rituals. Maybe this year you’ll like the Charlie Brown Christmas specials. Or maybe he’ll continue to love “The Polar Express,” turning the pages of the hardcover book in his lap as he watches the snowy scenes unfold. Images like this stick in my memory more than any still image, scene or setting from a movie.

To help me discover new favorites, I turn to you, the reader: is there a movie you’ve watched every year, alone or with loved ones, as part of a Christmas tradition? What vacation movie experiences make lasting memories?

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