The holiday season is jam-packed with traditions. Some are old, some are new. For many people, binge-watching favorite holiday films is an essential part of the festivities. These stories, both contemporary and classic fill us with the comfort and joy of the holidays.
If you're expecting a little one you may be caught up in the fun and excitement of choosing a name. Let your favorite characters from holiday films inspire you while you search for the perfect name for your little gift. There's no reason it can't be Christmas all year for your family.
This is a classic little boy's name that's enjoyed a rise in popularity thanks to Prince William and Princess Kate. They named their precious little Prince George which is Greek in origin and means "farmer".
If you're a fan of the quintessential Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life" you're familiar with the main character George Bailey. George begins the film in a pretty dark place but learns to see what's really important. The movie is full of great lessons and warm moments. This name will remind your family of the true meaning of Christmas all year long.
Susan is a bit of an old-fashioned girl's name that has fallen out of use in recent years. The name is Hebrew and means "lily". In "Miracle on 34th Street" little Susan Walker doesn't quite have the Christmas spirit. Her mother never raised her to believe in the legend of Santa Clause. When she's confronted with a man who claims to be the big guy himself her reality is shaken.
Susan leans some very valuable lessons about maintaining an open mind throughout the film. It's a beloved family classic for a reason because everyone should have a little magic in their lives. As Susan grows to accept that Santa could be real she adopts a more optimistic personality and outlook. Your cheery little girl will suit this name perfectly.
Kevin Mcalister is the face of Christmas for many people of a certain age. If you grew up in the 1990s the image of Kevin screaming as he slaps on aftershave for the first time is burned into your memory. Kevin has many traits that anyone would hope for in a son.
He's intelligent, creative, resourceful and brave. he defends himself and his family home like a seasoned pro. The name is Irish in origin and means "handsome". Anyone should be proud to give their little man this name. Watching the movie together will have an added element of excitement forevermore.
The Griswold family with its enormous Christmas tree atop the family station wagon has become an indelible holiday image. The National Lampoon's franchise became wildly popular in the 1980s. The stories were relatable and the characters were rich, flawed and real.
In "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" the Griswold family rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Audrey is the outspoken, sassy and often hilarious daughter of Clarke and Ellen. She lives up to her name which means "noble strength".
If you have been on Earth since 1983 you've probably seen "A Christmas Story". The movie has become ubiquitous with the Christmas season. References to the characters, settings, and props can be heard the moment Halloween ends until after the new year. this name has more than just nostalgic holiday charm going for it. It's meaning is also rather distinguished.
Ralpie means "wolf counsel". With a name this cool, you probably won't shot your eye out. You might even come up with a really good non-icicle related excuse if you do. Naming your little boy Ralphie means setting him up for a lifetime of prestigious awards. Just be sure to steer clear of any unsavory middle names such as Bumpis.
The 1960s gave the world an incredible holiday gift. Several wonderful Christmas themed animated features were produced that became instant classics. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is one of the most beloved holiday movies around and Yukon Cornelius is one of the reasons why. The character begins the story as a greedy prospector.
He's obsessed with finding gold in the frozen arctic. He helps the titular character and his buddy Hermey in their escape from the abominable snow monster. Cornelius ends up being a true hero. If your little one has the same red hair or adventurous spirit he'd fit this name perfectly. It's Irish and means "strong-willed" or "wise". Both are traits to encourage all year round.
Clark Griswold is the tryhard dad that the world came to know and love through the National Lampoon's franchise. He's a loyal worker bee who begins to crack when his expected Christmas bonus never comes. It's unclear if it's intentional but some interpret the name Clark to mean "clerk". Could the name have been chosen as a nod to the character's dedication to a tedious job?
Others interpret the name to mean "cleric". If you want to encourage your child to grow up pious or just dedicated to his work you could choose this name. Maybe he just has a great dimple in his chin and a love of extravagant holiday displays.
As cheerful and bright as the Christmas season is there are many who are drawn to a slightly darker holiday-themed film. Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a stop-motion animation masterpiece that has captured hearts and imaginations across the world. In his tale holidays originate from their own realms. Each one has an immersive reality. The king of Halloween town finds himself lost in Christmas town and falls in love.
Jack Skellington is filled with the Christmas spirit and decides to try his hand at the holiday. Through his dark and sometimes scary misadventure, his loyal friend and love Sally is by his side. Sally is brave, creative and always speaks her mind. She's a wonderful namesake for any little girl. The name also means "princess" which makes it nearly irresistible.
Tiny Tim is as much a part of the face of Christmas as Santa Clause himself. He was the sweet but sickly child of Bob Crachit in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The work is one of the most famous pieces of Christmas literature worldwide.
The story not only graces the page but also the stage and screens. Tiny Tim is a symbol of strength and goodwill toward men that any little boy could be proud to be compared to.
Dr. Seuss' works have charmed and delighted people of all ages for decades. In 1966 an animated special "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" aired and has been an essential part of Christmas ever since. Legendary actor Boris Karloff provides the voice for both the Grinch and the narrator.
He sings several unforgettable songs as well. One of the most lovable characters in the special is little Cindy Lou Who. Her pure heart and kindness make her a sweet and adorable namesake for your little one.