Great Christmas movies to knit to!
If you’re like me, you have a couple favorite Christmas movies that you’ve seen so many times you know all of the words. These make for excellent movies to knit to, as you can have them on and enjoy them without having to pay attention too closely. This is an updated list of some of my favorites, as well as some of yours from the comments you left last year.
This lighthearted comedy about a man-boy elf named Buddy. Will Ferrell stars in what has turned into somewhat of a modern classic. It’s the age-old story of a human being adopted by elves, only to go searching for his real father years later. Played by James Caan, Buddy’s dad is less than enthusiastic to meet his son, especially when he shows up in full elf costume. Will Buddy turn his dad’s frown upside down and make his heart grow three sizes?
It’s a Wonderful Life
Perhaps the most famous of all Christmas movies. This tale of divine intervention is certainly a film of epic importance and should be mandatory viewing at Christmas time. Snuggle up with your knitting, just try not to use it to wipe away your tears, wouldn’t want to get salt stains on your yarn!
Christmas with the Kranks
I can’t vouch for this film, since the tryptophan took me off to dreamland about 20 minutes in. However, Jamie Lee Curtis (as Nora) is a knitter in the film, and can be seen pulling out her knitting, and her unique winter accessories were hand knit by a professional knitter, made to be completely unique. Plenty of knitting inspiration to be found, but don’t blame me if the plot leaves you wanting more.
One look at Kevin’s knit red sweater and Harry’s knit hat and you know this is going to be a great movie. What kid doesn’t dream about having the whole house to themselves, free to booby trap to keep out would-be burglars? This is one of the few 90’s comedies that still stands the test of time. “Kevin, what did you do to my room?!”
Aside from Professor Dumbledore’s affinity for knitting patterns, this entire series is great Christmas viewing. After all, the students experience the holidays in every movie. Molly Weasley hand knits sweaters for her entire family (and Harry, of course) – with all those people to knit for, of course she’d have enchanted needles!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Say what you want about the Grinch, but he whipped up that Santa costume in a matter of hours, in plenty of time to pilfer the entirety of Whoville of their Christmas stash. He’s got some serious skills, wouldn’t you agree?
The animated classic is a must-watch at Christmas, but it’s only about 30 minutes long. If you’re craving more Grinchliness, watch the live-action movie released in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. Did you know that all of the fun hats in this film were hand knit?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
My Christmas isn’t complete without this insane Christmas movie, filled with slapstick comedy and hilarity. Not only is it my favorite Christmas movie, it’s also one of my favorite comedies of all time. Clark Griswald agrees to host his entire family for Christmas, and hilarity ensues. Keep an eye out for deaf Aunt Bethany, who sits in the living room and knits while the entire family (and house) falls apart around her.
This movie may not be considered kid friendly, but it’s a fun choice for the older family members to watch once the little ones head to sleep.
Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.
- A Christmas Story: I’ve seen this classic so many times that now I only watch bits and parts.
- Miracle on 34th Street: I like the 1994 version just as much as the one from 1947.
- The Polar Express: Visually impressive, and Tom Hanks does a great job, but I still like the book better.
I know I’ve missed a bunch of movies, so if I missed your favorite, let us know in the comments!
Last updated: December 22nd, 2016.