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Iconic Exteriors from Your Favorite Holiday Movies

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For many people, holiday movies take pride of place in cherished seasonal traditions. Between parties and gift-giving, there’s a lot going on, and a moment of escapism may be necessary. Whether watched alone or with family and friends, holiday movies make a wonderful distraction at this time of year. We’ll take a look at some of the most famous homes in holiday movies and, since we just can’t help ourselves, examine how they could enhance their exteriors. 

Why Do We Love Holiday Movies? 

Everyone knows they’re beloved, but why are holiday-themed movies so universally loved? Generally, they’re “feel good” movies, featuring classic topics like family, relationships and friendship. They tap into nostalgia for our childhoods, whether because of the stories they tell or the feelings they evoke. What happens isn’t as important as knowing the characters will have a happy ending—fitting for a season filled with reasons to be with your family and friends. 

Now, on to the homes!

Iconic Holiday Homes

Home Alone: The McCallister Family Home

Undoubtedly beautiful, the McCallister home is decorated in exquisite detail for the holidays. It also provides a nine-year-old defending his home against home invaders with plenty of prank ammunition. 

How would we improve it? For all its beauty, this home likely has very high energy bills due to its many windows. All those opportunities for warm heated air to leak out through older windows adds up. With energy-efficient windows, this won’t be a concern. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Mount Crumpit

The Grinch’s abode inside Mount Crumpit is, to put it mildly, not a dream home by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s definitely got character, even if that character is as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel. 

How would we improve it? If the Grinch had a set of picture windows overlooking the cheerful town of Whoville, he may have had a change of heart a little sooner. Bringing light into the space certainly couldn’t hurt! 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The Griswolds’ Home

The Griswolds’ down-to-earth 1980s house has a homey, warm charm that feels lived in and comfortable. It’s nostalgic for a lot of people because of its time-capsule feeling, even in a movie as silly as this one. 

How would we improve it? Tree through your front window? That’s par for the course for the Griswolds. With a strong window frame and high-quality glass, though, the window may have held up against the tree’s impact. 

It’s A Wonderful Life: The Baileys’ Home

George Bailey’s home is a true fixer-upper, restored from the ground up into an elegant Bedford Falls showplace. It’s part of George and Mary’s love story, and a physical representation of the life they’ve built together. 

How would we improve it? Modernizing this gorgeous home with updated vinyl siding would help keep the Baileys warm and cozy all winter long. 

A Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge’s Home

Before his eventful night, Scrooge cares little for material goods, preferring to amass his miser’s wealth without wasting a single cent. His home reflects this mentality entirely, with little natural light and less comfort. 

How would we improve it? A bay window in the front room would give the redeemed Scrooge a wonderful place to greet his neighbors and bring plenty of natural light into his home. 

Bringing Comfort & Style Close to Home

Whether you prefer to watch these movies alone or enjoy them with guests, enjoying them in comfort and warmth is key! With our windows, doors and vinyl siding aiding your HVAC system, your home can supply you with year-round comfort, letting you immerse yourself fully in your holiday movie of choice. Reach out today for your free quote—and happy holidays!

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