Although there's an endless array of Christmas films, does it even really matter if those films have been cruelly left off Netflix Instant? Do they expect us to mail order it like an old person? Awful. Fortunately, there are a handful of festive goodies you can stream right now, even enough where you can hold a mini film festival right off your computer.
1. A Very Vintage Christmas
Stream: White Christmas and Babes in Toyland
2. A Bizarro Christmas Carol Combination
Stream: A Muppets Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, All American Christmas Carol
3. Hatred for the Holidays
Stream: Bad Santa, The Ice Harvest
4. Merry Christmas, Tim Burton!
Stream: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman Returns
Drink: A bottle of red wine, the cheapest you can find in your parents' liquor cabinet.
Perfect For: Your inner 13-year-old mallgoth (or, if you're me, your constant 23-year-old mallgoth). The Nightmare Before Christmas is an unparalleled masterpiece and Batman Returns has both Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and a soundtrack featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees. Bonus points if you can bring a Blu-ray of Edward Scissorhands into the mix!
5. Less Christmas, More Crying
Stream: Love, Actually and Sleepless in Seattle
Drink: All the chardonnay.
Perfect For: When your boyfriend breaks up with you on December 23 to get out of buying a Christmas present. Sleepless in Seattle begins the night before Christmas, but spans considerably beyond that into Valentine's Day. Love, Actually begins five weeks prior to Christmas. Both have very little to do with the holiday itself. HOWEVER, they are notorious symbols of the rom-com genre, Love, Actually being a particularly hokey example. This is the kind of embarrassing marathon you have by yourself, with the lights turned off, tears streaming down your face as you drink away the pain. We've all been there, sister.
6. Christmas in Disneyland
Stream: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse
7. Christmas at The Office
Stream: The Office episodes "Christmas Party," "A Benihana Christmas," "Morroccan Christmas," "Secret Santa," "Classy Christmas," "Christmas Wishes" and "Dwight Christmas."
Drink: Eggnog, with or without a shot of rum
Perfect For: Everyone, seriously. I wanted to give the option of streaming a show with a collection of solid Christmas episodes. A few obvious ones came to mind (The Simpsons, South Park, Community save for that gas leak year) but I really wanted something that had longevity, broad appeal, consistently good holiday specials, and most importantly, was actually available on Netflix Instant. The Office satisfies all of these qualities. It's just a little bit offbeat but still, anyone can like it, and it has seven hilarious Christmas installments. You could watch it with the family, or stream it in the background at your work's holiday party. It's never a bad idea.