Every Christmas movie that exists out there brings its own unique story, characters, setting, magic lesson, but many of them focus on families, big and small. During this time of the year, loved ones travel to one another, in order to eat, drink, be merry and exchange gifts.
Some of these groups are sweet, caring and picturesque. Others, though, are obnoxious, problematic and questionable. That being said, these are the five fictional families we would like to spend the holidays with (if we had the chance), and the five fictional families that we would rather avoid (at this time and beyond)!
10 Want: The Whos
The Whos down in Whoville are, of course, from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is a TV special of this story, as well as a couple of films. All of them tell about The Grinch stealing Christmas, learning the true meaning of Christmas, then returning all the gifts on Christmas.
At the end of the story, he joins Cindy Lou Who and her family and friends for a holiday feast. He even gets to carve the roast beast! Whoville is a wonderful and whimsical place, and getting to celebrate with this group would be a dream come true. The songs, the decor, the food… Count us in.
9 Avoid: The McVies
A hilarious holiday flick is Four Christmases from 2008 which stars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as Brad McVie and Kate Kinkaid. These two decide to try and visit all of their family members on Christmas.
Brad’s family is made up of his dad, Howard (Robert Duvall), his mom, Paula (Sissy Spacek) and his brothers Denver and Dallas (Jon Favreau and Tim McGraw), to name a few, and these people are… wow. It is easy to understand why the main characters hesitated to visit these people!
8 Want: The Calvins
One of the most popular movies about this time of the year is The Santa Clause from 1994, which starred Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a man who had to become Santa.
Spending the holidays with him would mean we would get to hang out with Charlie, his son. We would get to meet Bernard and Judy and everyone else at the North Pole. We would even take Wendy and Neal, as this is a fun group and since Scott is Santa, after all.
7 Avoid: The Kinkaids
Also from Four Christmases, there are the Kinkaids, Kate’s family members. Jon Voight portrays her dad, Creighton. Mary Steenburgen portrays her mom, Marilyn. And Kristin Chenoweth portrays her sister, Courtney.
While these people are not as wild as Brad’s family, they are not the nicest, and that stuffy house (pictured here, with her stuffy mother and her stuffy sister) does not seem like the ideal place to spend the holidays. We will pass.
6 Want: The Hobbs Family
Another family that could lead to us meeting Santa would be the Hobbs family from Elf. This fan-favorite was released in 2003 and featured Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. He went to New York to meet his biological family: Walter Hobbs (James Caan), Emily Hobbs (Mary Steenburgen) and Michael Hobbs. He also met and fell in love with Jovie, and he also grew up in the North Pole, meaning a celebration with this group would also include Papa Elf (Bob Newhart)! All of the sugar we would get to consume would not be bad, either.
5 Avoid: Oogie Boogie & Co.
The Nightmare Before Christmas came out in 1993 to tell the story of Jack Skellington, who is the King of Halloween Town, discovering Christmas Town, which results in him wanting to celebrate this festive day.
One of the characters from this movie is Oogie Boogie. Spending the holiday season with a bogeyman does not sound ideal. Plus, his henchmen, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, would probably be around, too, and they are just trouble!
4 Want: The Baileys
In 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life was released, and it is now considered one of the greatest films of all time; in it, James Stewart stars a George Bailey, a man who has given up on life but who is then reminded of all his blessings, thanks to a guardian angel.
George’s family (his wife, Mary, and his kids, Janie, Zuzu, Pete, and Tommy) is so sweet. The people in his town (Bedford Falls) truly love him, and spending any day here would make for a day filled with love and kindness.
3 Avoid: The Griswolds
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation may be a classic Christmas movie, but this is another family to stay far away from if we had to hang out with one for Christmas. Clark would be messing everything up. Audrey and Russ would be bored, the grandparents would annoy everyone, and don’t even get us started on Randy Quaid’s character, Cousin Eddie.
While this film causes viewers to laugh, it would not be funny or fun to have to put up with any of that in real life.
2 Want: The Kringles
Noelle is a Disney+ film that became available on November 12, 2019. Since it focuses on Santa’s family, this is another group that would be cool to hang out with, especially during the holiday season.
We could borrow clothes (the cutest and most Christmas-y ones ever!) from Noelle Kringle (Anna Kendrick) and deliver toys with her since she is Kris Kringle’s daughter. We could have some laughs with Nick Kringle (Bill Hader) and Gabriel Kringle (Billy Eichner). And it would be amazing to be around Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine) and Mrs. Kringle (Julie Hagerty).
1 Avoid: The McCallisters
Last but not least, we would avoid the McCallisters from Home Alone. This is another fan-favorite holiday flick, but there are so many issues when it comes to this family!
First, there are lots of big and varying personalities, which can be hard to deal with, especially when everyone is crammed into one house for an extended period of time. Then, there are some not-so-nice family members, which is not cool. Oh, and there is the fact that they left their son behind! Yeah… That’s a no from us.
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