Ah, the holiday season. The time to gather around the fireplace, open presents, and drink a little too much eggnog. And the best way to get into the Christmas spirit starts with the overconsumption of holiday films. With Freeform, The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and now Netflix, we've never had more options when it comes to #ChristmasContent. But which are worth having on in the background while you finish your online shopping? Never fear, Christmas elves! We've got you covered: from the cheesy holiday rom-com, to Cool Santa Claus, we're breaking down the Netflix Original Films (that means no TV specials, unfortunately, and also nothing that Netflix didn't create themselves—I don't have all the time in the world!).
It's devastatingly low on this list for one reason: Our lovebirds are separated for most of the movie! Yes, this is clearly A Christmas Prince: We Couldn't Get The Rights To Meghan Markle's Life So We Basically Stole It for This Movie in that Amber is now the rebellious princess-to-be, and she's got the entire kingdom SHOOK at the fact that she has opinions. This, combined with the fact that the country of Aldovia is hemorrhaging money, means that the film suffers from a lack of the rom-com charm that made the first one so...watchable. (I won't say "good," because it wasn't.) Sadly, ACP 2 just pales in comparison to the original. And yes, that is saying a lot.
Ranking: Four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
We love a diverse Christmas movie, and The Holiday Calendar is the most diverse of all of the Netflix holiday outputs. Kat Graham is truly charming in this flick about a mysterious Christmas calendar that helps her find true love. (Spoiler alert: It was right in front of her all along. Who knew?) It's main flaw is how formulaic it is—yes, even for a Christmas movie. It's perfectly fine, but you'll forget you've watched it.
Ranking: Five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
The Prince and the Pauper, but make it Christmas! In one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies of the year, Vanessa Hudgens does double-duty playing both the role of Chicago baker Stacy De Novo and Lady Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro. Fake country? Check. Mistaken identity? Check. A romantic love story? Check. Tons of editing flaws and a premise with so many holes a moth may have attacked it? The gang's all here!
Ranking: Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!
Okay, but The Christmas Chronicles made me smile. It's unlikely to make Christmas Classic lists sandwiched between Home Alone and The Grinch, but it's a cute kid's movie about Christmas starring Kurt Russell as quite possibly the most handsome Santa Clauses I've ever seen. And I've seen my fair share of Santas. The story follows a brother and sister pair who must save Christmas after accidentally crashing Santa's sleigh. Oh, and there's a cameo at the end you must stick around to see. It's a Christmas miracle!
Ranking: Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!
I firmly believe there are two stages of life: Before A Christmas Prince and After A Christmas Prince. This movie will change you. Your life will have meaning again. This movie set in motion Netflix's foray into the romantic comedy arena, which now includes To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Set It Up, and for good (for lack of a better word) reason: No one thinks A Christmas Prince is the best movie ever, but it is entirely enjoyable, watchable, and good for a laugh (if only because...what blogger is getting sent by a magazine to cover a prince? Marie Claire, can you do this for me?) Amber is a Serious Journalist but you never get proof why. But there's sledding, political intrigue, and honestly, everything you could ask for in a Christmas movie.
Ranking: Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!