How I Met Your Mother: New Year’s Eve

“The Limo” Season 1, Episode 11

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New Year’s Eve sucks but we always hope it will be fun. In this episode Ted rents a Limo hoping to make the night more fun for his friends. However, the disappointment of New Years manages to catch up with them and they face numerous problems through the night. I love this episode, it’s one of the first episodes of the show I ever saw, and it hooked me. And because back in the day there weren’t streaming services, I purchased this episode on iTunes and watched it a billion times there. This episode captures how New Years Eve, though often overrated, can be fun if you’re spending it with the ones you love. Plus who doesn’t love a fresh start. Definitely check this episode out, plus it’s one of only a few New Years themed episodes.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 new calendars

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Black Christmas (2006): Christmas

Black Christmas

So… this movie makes me angry. I LOVE the original 1974 film, so for this to have the same name is honestly a travesty. I’m going to try to keep my rage out of my review (to a point). But holy god is this movie terrible. The movie centers around a group of sorority girls whose house was previously the site of horrible child abuse and gruesome murders.  They begin getting threatening phone calls and quickly realize that they are being stalked by the murderer. The murderer in this movie is Billy, a boy who was locked in the attic and physically and sexually abused by his mother. He fathers his sister/daughter and then murders his mother and stepfather, claiming that his sister/daughter is his now. Also for some reason he eats eyeballs. So the girls are being picked off one by one and have to fight to survive. The film is full of Christmas lights and decorations and music and that’s about the only positive I can give this movie. The sad thing is, it has some really good actresses in it. I think it’s just poorly written and shot and directed and edited… The reason this really grinds my gears is that in the original movie, the killer has no back story. He’s just targeting them for some unknown reason, which is so much scarier to me. And I’m not saying every remake has to be, or should be exact, but you can’t show every hand you have and expect the movie to work. It’s so stupid. This movie is stupid. The only reason to watch it is to make fun of it or if you want to see a lot of Christmas lights, which you can see in tons of other movies anyway.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 7 Christmas trees

Elf (2003): Christmas

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So personally I cannot believe this movie is 14 years old because I vividly remember when it came out. I don’t think anyone really knew how classic this movie would become when it was released, but it really has become a staple holiday film. This movie follows, Buddy the elf, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. When he discovers he was adopted he goes on a quest to find his real father. His adventure takes him to Manhattan where we get a delightful fish-out-of-water story. This movie is packed with Christmas imagery and magic, while also having romance and a serious undertone of family tension and acceptance. Many of the films quotable lines have become famous and I doubt there are many people who can sit through this without getting into the Christmas spirit. This is definitely an annual must-watch and I would recommend it for anyone and everyone.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 10 Christmas trees

Eloise at Christmastime (2003): Christmas

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Ready for a rose-colored Christmas classic? Look no further than Eloise at Christmastime. This movie, based on the Eloise childrens books, follows a 6 year old girl and her holiday at the Plaza Hotel, where she lives. You definitely have to suspend belief and judgement for this one. Eloise is a precocious child who sometimes causes trouble for the Plaza employees, but always means well and loves to help others. She’s also unbelievably wealthy, as her mother can afford to pay for her and her nanny to live at a ritzy hotel while she’s off… doing something. While celebrating Christmas, Eloise also launches a plan to matchmake a hotel waiter and the hotel owner’s daughter. This movie is cute and fun and while very unrealistic, I think is full of heartwarming charm that is really needed this time of year. I recommend checking it out if you aren’t too cynical.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 Christmas trees

Just Friends (2005): Christmas

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This is one of those movies that logically I know isn’t great, but I still love for some reason. This movie definitely has its problems, but I just think it’s so so funny. This movie follows Chris, who was fat in high school and was always in love with his best friend Jaime. After having his feelings exposed and being humiliated, Chris leaves the past behind him. We see him begrudgingly coming home 10 years later, thin and successful. He decides to try to win Jaime over, but quickly realizes that his new tricks aren’t working on her, and has to learn to balance his new and old self. This movie is full of really fun Christmas scenes and music, it’s a great atmospheric holiday movie. It’s also very quotable and funny if you can appreciate it for what it is. I recommend checking it out, even though I know it’s probably not for everyone.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 8 Christmas trees

Krampus (2015): Christmas

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So for the longest time Black Christmas was my favorite Christmas horror film, and I still really love it but I think Krampus has stolen the title. This is a horror comedy set at Chistmas time and explores the myth of Krampus, a demon who comes to punish people who lose the Christmas spirit. Max is a little boy whose family doesn’t get into Christmas the way they used to. He reaches out to Santa in a letter to help bring back the Christmas spirit. But after his cousins make fun of him he throws it away, thus invoking the wrath of Krampus. A horrible blizzard comes out of nowhere and traps the family in the house. One by one they are picked off by Christmas demons, which are just amazing. Like there’s demonic gingerbread men and evil toys, it’s great. And unlike most Christmas movies, this ending is more… dark and ambiguous? This movie is so much fun, it’s dripping in Christmas imagery and has some really fun campy horror elements. I think all horror fans should check this out at Christmas time.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 Christmas trees

Home Alone (1990): Christmas

Home Alone

This is one of those movies that I HAVE to watch every year or it just doesn’t feel like Christmas. I think it’s safe to categorize this film as a “classic” at this point, and I doubt there are many out there who haven’t seen it. This movie follows Kevin McCallister and his horrible family on a Christmas adventure. The McCallister family is going to Paris, and they have so many children that they somehow manage to forget Kevin. So he wakes up home by himself, but that’s not his biggest problem. Two robbers have scoped out his home and are planning to break in while the family is away. Kevin sets up a series of elaborate traps to stop them while his family attempts to get home to him. So I think nowadays this movie is kind of horrifying. Like a family flat out forgetting their child would definitely lead to a visit from social services in the present. But in the early 90’s? Things were different. And I think if you can suspend reality for a while, and not take it seriously, this is a really fun and silly Christmas movie. There’s snow and lights and decorations, a moral about the meaning of family, and tons of physical comedy. Now if that doesn’t say Christmas, I don’t know what does.

Netflix available?  No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 Christmas trees