Top Christmas Movies To Enhance Your Holiday Experience

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Top Christmas Movies To Enhance Your Holiday Experience

Paul Buckett, Writer

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    It’s that time of the year again. The attention hungry neighbors with too much time on their hands are stringing up way too many Christmas lights to make everyone else look bad, the department stores are convincing everyone that this new sale is the real ‘Big One’, and the tapes of made-for-tv holiday movies are waiting to be popped back into the VCR. When Thanksgiving rolls around and it’s time to get a jump start on Christmas spirit, these are the ten best holiday movies to enjoy with your grandmother’s scratchy fleece blanket wrapped around your shoulders and a mug of hot chocolate in your grip.


  1. Frosty the Snowman: This heartwarming film doesn’t even run for half an hour, but the imaginative story of a newly created snowman who experiences Christmas-time and friendship with the wonder and excitement of a newborn child belongs in any annual movie marathon. This film is sure to make you care a little more for your own snowmen.


  1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Proving that even the lesser holidays are not to be ignored, this Thanksgiving spectacle perfectly balances the hilarity of a disastrous road trip and opposing personalities with the undeniable heart of a classic buddy movie.


  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Originating from the wildly creative mind of Dr. Seuss, this short film adaptation reiterates the power of kindness and the ability of genuine Christmas spirit to convert even the grinchiest of us.


  1. Home Alone: Taking every kid’s dream of having the house at their disposal to the next level, this hour and forty-three minute long torment of two bumbling neighborhood criminals will have you cheering at every blow and leave you with at least a decent sized grin on your face.


  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: This timeless TV special is a treat for adults and young children alike, as it whisks viewers away to memorable locations such as the Yeti’s lair or the Island of Misfit Toys, teaching kids that being different can be a great advantage.


  1. Elf: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear and watching Will Ferrell run around New York in bright green spandex and a naive sense of discovery to prove to the doubters that Santa is no myth.


  1. A Christmas Story: Even if you’ve never seen this movie, you’ve undoubtedly seen it woven into ugly Christmas sweaters or its quotes embossed into Christmas cards; however, there is much more to this movie than a leg shaped lamp, and it will surely entertain you, and the heavy nostalgia will make even the spirits of adults soar.


  1. The Polar Express: This visually stunning animation will suck you into its spectacular CGI Christmas-time world and, by transporting you across frozen lakes and conveyor belts of presents, will make you believe.


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life: Yes, this is that ancient, seemingly everlasting black and white movie that your parents force you to watch with them before you can enjoy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If you haven’t fully bought into it yet, this is your year. It will force you to adopt an entirely new outlook on the gift that is life, and will give new meaning to every bell you hear ringing during the Christmas season.


  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas: This is the foundation of Christmas tradition, standing right alongside decorating the Christmas tree or . When it comes to special occasions, the Peanuts gang never disappoints, and this all time classic will never lose its place as a staple of the holidays.
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