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Eight Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Updated on December 22, 2016
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1. Elf (2003)- This is a great holiday movie for anyone of any age. I first saw it when I was 14 and now over ten years later I still love it all the same. Will Ferrell is always hilarious, but he really brings it in this film as Buddy the Elf. I laugh throughout the whole movie every time I watch it. The jokes never get old. The basic idea is that Buddy the Elf was raised in the North Pole by Santa Claus, but now that he's all grown up he wants to find his real dad. He's never felt like he really belongs with the other elves, for one he towers over being 6'0 feet tall. He leaves the North Pole and goes to New York in the search for his father. I think the overall message in this movie is beautiful, family over everything else in life. It's about opening your heart and letting love in whether that's with relatives, strangers, or romantic love. It's a charming movie that's great for the whole family to enjoy together. Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel.

2. Home Alone (1990)- I grew up watching this movie in the 1990's, so it beings a sense of nostalgia with it. This is the perfect holiday family film, it's fun, moving, and has a great message behind it. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, lives with his big family in Chicago. They go away on vacation for Christmas and forget him at home. Through a series of misadventures, in which Kevin always comes out ahead, the laughs keep on coming. Kevin has to outsmart a couple of robbers trying to break into his home, while at the same time fending for himself doing everyday tasks. This is one of those movies I can watch numerous times and never get bored of. One of the classics in my holiday movie collection. Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and Catherine O'Hara.

3. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)- If your parents forget you once, it might be funny, but twice? Now that's just downright dangerous, especially if it's in New York. The second movie in the Home Alone series finds Kevin McCallister lost in New York as once again his family takes a vacation for Christmas. Kevin has new adventures but runs into the same criminals from the first film, and they're after him once again. Can he outsmart them this time too when he no longer has the home advantage? Find out in this hilarious movie that is just as funny, if not funnier than the first. Sequels aren't usually as good as the originals, but this one sure is! Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and Catherine O'Hara.

4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)- I was born the year this movie came out, but that hasn't stopped me from watching it every Christmas. This is a hilarious family film that you can watch and rewatch and still laugh every single time. The Griswold family is just like your family, except everything that can go wrong usually does and it's comedic gold to watch. Clark Griswold, the father, just wants to give his family a good old fashioned Christmas with all the fixings, but he always comes up short. This is one of the best holiday movies of all time and no matter how long it's been since it's release it can still keep up with the best of them! Starring: Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

5. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)- This film includes Tim Allen so you know you're going to have a laugh or ten throughout the movie. Luther and Nora Krank usually go all out for Christmas by decorating their house and hosting an annual Christmas party with all their neighbors. One year, they find out their daughter won't be coming home for Christmas because she's in the Peace Corps in Peru. Since their only daughter won't be around for Christmas they get the great idea that they could just "skip" Christmas for one year and with all the money they save go on a Caribbean vacation. Unfortunately, things don't quite go as they planned and everything changes very quickly and hilarity ensues. Starring: Tim Allen Jamie Lee Curtis, and Felicity Huffman.

6. Surviving Christmas (2004)- This is such an underrated Christmas movie, but it happens to be one my very favorites. Drew, a millionaire, has everything money can buy, except a family to spend Christmas with. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, he decides to travel back to the house he grew up in and pay the new family that lives there to let him spend Christmas with them. He makes his new "family" follow through on all his childhood Christmas traditions such as picking out a Christmas tree and going sledding. There's a great message in this movie and in the end Drew gets a lot more than he bargained for this Christmas, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Starring Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, and Catherine O'Hara.

7. The Family Stone (2005)- This movie is for everyone who's ever wanted to know what it's like to meet your boyfriend's entire family at Christmas time and have them hate you. Everett Stone brings home his uptight and proper girlfriend Meredith to meet his free spirit family that rarely follows the rules. Right from the get go, you can tell it's going to be a long holiday. Meredith manages to offend, insult, and embarrass every one of Everett's siblings including his gay brother, slutty sister, stoner brother, and even the parents. Thankfully, there is a happy ending here, but it's bittersweet. This is a great family movie and it's got everything going for it with laughs, drama, and the true meaning of the holiday season. Starring: Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, and Craig T. Nelson.

8. Four Christmases (2008)- Brad and Kate just want to do what they do every Christmas; go away on vacation so they don't have to deal with their crazy families. Unfortunately, things don't work out in their favor this year and they are forced to attend four Christmases, two for each of them, in order to see all their relatives. After all is said and done, Brad and Kate learn more about each other than they ever wanted to, but will that bring them closer together or break them apart? Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon bring the laughs in this comedy that is great for the whole family. Also starring: Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Duvall, and Jon Favreau,

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