Not all holiday movies are created equal. For every “A Christmas Story” there is a “Jingle All the Way.” Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger navigate Mall of America? It’s cinematic duds like this that make you appreciate the finer things on Netflix. And shouldn’t a good Christmas movie be accompanied by a good snack? Here, Artizone lists its best modern holiday movies and meals.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Jim Carrey steals hearts as the titular green-skinned grump. Oh, and pre-scandal Taylor Momsen makes an appearance as the adorable Cindy Lou Who, so there’s that. This is a fantastic movie to watch with the kids, as there’s a positive message that doesn’t come off as corny. And speaking of corn, Uptown Popcorn‘s Confetti, which features a mix of candy flavors in a rainbow of hues, is the perfect complement to the colorful Seussian tale.
“The Polar Express” This marvel of computer animation, which stars Tom Hanks, is about fantasy and suspending disbelief set amidst a stunningly gorgeous winter landscape. A frozen treat from Kaurina’s Kulfi and Ice Creams will make you feel like you’re right there with them.
“Love Actually” The Christmas-themed Brit rom com is actually 10 love stories in one. (We especially love Liam Neeson as a recent widower who helps his young stepson try to win the heart of the coolest girl in school.) As for nosh, we’re inspired by the scene in which Emma Thompson’s character helps her daughter make a papier-mâché lobster costume for the school Christmas play. Despite what the daughter says, we’re not sure there was a lobster at the manger in Bethlehem. But, there is lobster in TJ’s Seafood Market‘s Shrimp and Lobster Enchiladas. Yes, please.
“Elf” There’s nothing cuter than Will Ferrell’s Buddy Elf, although pre-New Girl Zooey Deschanel might come in a close second. This is a major foodie film. As Buddy Elf would tell you there are four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. The USDA might not consult Buddy in any reconfiguration on its food pyramid, but obvi, something sweet is in order. The chocolate and peanut butter bars from HANK Dessert Bars should fit the bill — and they’re gluten free and only 170 calories. Win!
“It’s a Very, Very Merry Muppet Christmas” An homage to Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this came out long after you last were in footie jammies and pigtails, but there’s something about Jim Henson’s furry creations that make a gal feel nostalgic. For a grown-up take on your favorite cocoa, try the Drinking Chocolate from Dude, Sweet Chocolate.
Whatever flick fits your fancy, it’s important to choose the right foods to accompany it. Artizone offers every sweet, treat and savory bite to feed your cinematic soul.