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Pick Your Favorite Christmas Movie and We'll Give You a Dinner to Go With It

Updated November 13, 2019
Grab a plate, snuggle up and press play—this is family movie night at its best.

Is there anything better than settling in for a long winter’s Christmas movie marathon as December 25 nears? (Christmas jammies strongly encouraged, of course.) From Clark Griswold’s hilarious Christmas vacation mishaps to the Grinch’s heart growing three whole sizes, watching classic holiday movies with family and friends each Christmas season is one of our favorite family traditions. So many of our favorite Christmas movies today go back to the ones we remember watching when we were kids, and the greatest ones never seem to get old. (That’s true of both movies and people.)

And when you’re a true fan, just watching one of these favorite Christmas movies isn’t enough. To really make your movie marathon a special event, you need an on-theme meal that makes this year’s viewing a movie night to remember. From Kevin’s favorite cheese pizza to spaghetti that would make Buddy the Elf smile, these are the recipes coming soon to a living room near you.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Whether you’re watching the original 60s cartoon, or the live-action version from 2000, we think this occasion calls for all the parts of a classic Who Christmas feast.

A Christmas Story (1983)

When the neighbors’ dogs get into the house and eat Ralphie’s mom’s perfect Christmas turkey, the family heads to the local Chinese restaurant for a dinner they’ll never forget.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Confession: This dinner isn’t exactly like in the movie—our deep-fried turkey really does taste as good as it looks. And let’s not forget the eggnog and jello salad!

Home Alone (1990)

A fight over pizza at the start of the movie gets Kevin sent upstairs, which leads to him missing his family leaving for the airport. Later, he celebrates his newfound independence by ordering “a lovely cheese pizza, just for me.” (But there’s no need to keep these lovely pizzas all to yourself.)

Elf (2003)

Sit down to a big, delicious plate of spaghetti—maple syrup optional. (Syrup isn’t a food group for humans, after all.)

We can’t even imagine Buddy’s story without his journey to New York! And that might never have happened without a little encouragement from his friend Leon the Snowman. Recreate their scene for dessert with a combo plate of cute snowmen treats and official "Elf" shapes cookies.