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Christmastime is full of family, friends, and festivities. Often Christmas movies are a nostalgic part of the activities. Whether curling up with a movie and bowl of popcorn at the end of a busy shopping day, watching an old time favorite with the younger generation, or enjoying a movie in the background while decorating sugar cookies, the right Christmas movie can really set the mood for a wonderful time! There is a very extensive selection of movies available, so let's take a look at our 10 favorite selections (in no particular order).
A Christmas Carol
Always a classic, A Christmas Carol, is an excellent choice. Based on a novel by Charles Dickens, this movie acts as an often needed reminder of the important things in life. Viewers witness Ebeneezer Scrooge go from a bitter annoyance with Christmas and his fellow humans to embracing life and the joy of Christmas after an eventful night. There are many different adaptations of the story suitable to a wide range of tastes and ages.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Probably most people have memories of sitting in their childhood home and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The nasty green grinch is a favorite villain turned hero as he discovers that Christmas joy is not based on gifts and presents, but rather love and togetherness.
Elf is a fun and hilarious Christmas comedy following the adventures and misadventures when Buddy the human raised as an elf leaves the North Pole to find his family in New York City.
This movie is great for those that enjoy slap stick comedy and the craziness of family around the holidays. When unintentionally left home alone, a young boy finds himself outsmarting and fending off a team of thieves.
Love Actually is a sweet and funny romantic comedy following several couples in the hectic weeks leading up to the holidays.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a funny heartwarming film in which two unlikely traveling companions find themselves in one predicament after another as they attempt to make it to Chicago. The end holds an unexpected surprise.
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story was released in 1983 and was an instant American classic. The movie follows the exploits of Ralphie as he clings to the hope of receiving the ultimate gift of a Red Ryder air rifle under the tree.
It's a Wonderful Life
It is nearly impossible to scan through television channels in December and not come across an airing of It's a Wonderful Life...and for good reason. When a man wishes he had never been born he receives a special visit from an angel that helps show him what an impact he has had on so many, and how many lives would be changed if he had not existed.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This is a very funny comedy about the joys and pains of dealing with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers during the holiday season. Follow Clark Griswold as he tries his best to provide the perfect Christmas amid chaos.
Miracle on 34th Street
This classic Christmas drama follows Kris Kringle, a man that filled in for an intoxicated Santa at the Macy's parade. When he claims to be the real St. Nick, many question his sanity. This movie is sure to instill some Christmas magic in your home.
While far from all inclusive, hopefully this list gives you a place to start as you seek out the best Christmas films to enjoy and share with family and friends this holiday season!
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