5 Movies to Get Into the Holiday Spirit and Practice English

Chun Guo hangs an ornament on the Christmas treeHo ho ho, Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s a festive time of year here in the U.S., what with all the sparkling lights and pretty trees.

Many of you have said that one of the best ways to practice your English is to watch American movies.  So as a Christmas present, here are 5 classic movies you can watch to practice your English and get into the holiday spirit.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A Christmas Story (1983)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
I have no idea where they got a colorized version of this black-and-white classic…

Bonus: Love Actually (2003)
Ok, this one isn’t necessarily a classic…or American (it’s British)…but it’s still one of my favorite sappy Christmas-related movies

Have you got a favorite to recommend?


  1. @Alex: I was sad to leave that one off the list. It would’ve been #6 for sure! I actually saw the remake before the original, because it came out when I was a kid, and I loved that one too.

  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a little offbeat but really good (and you can knock out two holidays in one, Halloween and Christmas …)

  3. You hit on my two favorites…Wonderful Life and Love Actually. The colorized version of Wonderful Life came out on VHS in the late ’80s/early ’90s, when the studios became infatuated with the idea.

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