Some of the best parts of the holidays are the holiday movies. Most people have a favorite they watch every year, without which the season just doesn’t feel right.
At Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, we love the holidays as much as the next person. You can even find us mixing our red and green salsas on our tacos to get into the spirit. But we know movies are often best enjoyed at home. Lucky for you, we offer all our menu items to go. (You see where we’re going with this.)
Here are our 10 favorite holiday movies to enjoy with Fuzzy’s:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Whether you want to admit or not, something about that iconic Vince Guaraldi music makes you happy inside. Charlie Brown experiences Christmas like most other things in his life: with disappointment. But his involvement in the school pageant, words of wisdom from his pal Linus and the simplicity of a tiny fir tree teach him (and us) what Christmas is all about.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Speaking of learning valuable Christmas lessons, this remake of the Dr. Seuss classic, starring Jim Carrey as the Gr-gr-gr-grinch, shows a more thorough version of how the Grinch really did steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville. If you’re more old school, we still enjoy the 1966 Boris Karloff-narrated animated original.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Yet another Christmas movie featuring a character who learns his lesson on Christmas. An angel named Clarence reveals what life would be like if George Bailey, played by the lovable Jimmy Stewart, had never been born. It turns out he’s had a bigger impact than he ever could have ever imagined. This one just might take the cake in terms of a feel-good holiday movie.
Eight Crazy Nights
We didn’t forget about you, Chanukah. “Eight Crazy Nights” tells the story of Davey Stone (an animated Adam Sandler) who gets in trouble with the law and must do community service working with a youth basketball league. It seems like a cakewalk until he meets Whitey Duvall, the peculiar, elf-like head referee. It may not be the best movie for kids, but it’s always worth a watch this time of year.
A Christmas Story
All Ralphie Parker (a young Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun. When he’s not wishing for his gift, he’s dodging bullies and helping his friends get their tongues unstuck from the school flagpole. He also looks pretty good in a pink bunny suit.
Home Alone/Home Alone 2
It’s a tie because it’s the rare case where the sequel might be as good, if not better, than the original.
Kevin McAllister’s family is basically the worst, and they keep forgetting him during the holidays; first, at home, second, in New York City. Serendipitously, he runs into the original’s “Wet Bandits” turned “Sticky Bandits,” Marv and Harry, in NYC. Kevin’s hijinks to keep these ne’er-do-wells off his tail are legendary. You have to watch these. No debate.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen accidentally knocks Santa Claus off his roof and must take his spot. He fails to read the fine print, aka the clause, that states that once he puts on the jacket, he’s committed to act as the big man for the rest of his life. It’s also a story about a family reuniting and the Christmas spirit that lives inside us all.
Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) finds out he’s adopted and travels to the Big Apple to reunite with his dad (James Caan). Though he’s not used to living south of the North Pole, he finds out quick how to be a human, even striking up a romance with a young Zooey Deschanel along the way. But most importantly, it teaches us about the elves’ four food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. (They’re missing tacos, but we’ll let it slide.)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Come on. You’ve got Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and an entire cadre of other Muppets singing, dancing and shaking their little furry tails in their spin on a timeless classic.
Tacos trump tacos any day, so come on in and grab your Fuzzy’s to go, cozy up beside the fire and watch one of these holiday hits.