Holiday Movie Quotes That’ll Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes

By Anne T. Donahue

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Christmas is almost here, which means our nights are quickly filling up with either gift exchanges, shrimp ring consumption, or repeated viewings of our favourite holiday classics (or all of the above, if the night is perfect).

So, because the best part of any and all holiday movies are the tears of joy they tend to induce, we’ve gone through our own collections to find the quotes that pulled at our heartstrings the most. Even better, we’ve covered the whole scope of Christmas movie possibilities. After all, one person’s cry fodder is another person’s comic relief, so from comedies to action films and old-fashioned family films, we’ve got the festive bases covered so that no one will be deprived of the warm, fuzzy feelings that make the holiday season so special.

So happy holidays, yippee-ki-yay, and please pass the tissues. Here’s how we think movies have best summed up the most wonderful time of year over the last couple decades, regardless of where you are, what you’re doing, or who you’re surrounded by.

A Christmas Carol

Fred: “Though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

You’re allowed to stick up for the Christmas spirit!

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Del: “You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you, but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. Well, you think what you want about me, I’m not changing. I like…I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. ‘Cause I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.”

True, this John Hughes classic is technically about Thanksgiving. But if you don’t think Christmas dictates the same desperate need to make it home in time for dinner, you’ve got another thing coming.

Home Alone

Kate: “This is Christmas. The season of perpetual hope. And I don’t care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.”

See? Christmas: the season of doing whatever it takes to be with the people you love.

Home Alone

Kevin: “This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back? No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?”

And when you think about how sociopathic Kevin’s Uncle Frank was, Kevin’s request is even more heartwarming and tear-inducing.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Kevin: “If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.”

Regardless of the fact that 10-year-old Kevin doles this advice out to a middle-aged bird woman (who abandons civilization after a bad break up), he speaks the truth. And in another world, I like to think that she and the old man from the original Home Alone would’ve made a beautiful pairing.

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