Hard truth: When it comes to Christmas music, art, and movies, we tend to lower our high standards and accept anything presented with the right amount of snow and wrapping paper. No shame in that. It’s a busy, hectic time of year and with all the merry to spread and the short, dark days, it’s no wonder our brains slide into “off” mode.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle for tinsel-dressed substandard fare such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas or Christmas with the Cranks this year. Oh, no. We’ve taken the hard work out of straining out the mediocre and left you with the 13 best films to watch on Amazon Instant, Netflix, and Hulu! But you don’t have to thank us. It is the holiday season, after all.