The Best Christmas Movies EVER!

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Written by: Karen Cryer

It's that time of year again!  Deck the halls, wrap some presents, and curl up with several Christmas classics!  With all the festive flicks out there, it can be difficult to decide what to watch, so we've compiled a list of the very best, especially for you.  Merry Christmas and Happy Watching!

A Christmas Story (1983)
We're kicking off this list with a true classic that the whole family can enjoy -  "A Christmas Story"! The movie centres on nine-year-old Ralphie, who only wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas but he just has to persuade his parents to give it to him.  His mother is totally against the idea, warning him that he'll "shoot his eye out". However, his dream comes true and on Christmas morning he unwraps the coveted BB gun. We won't give away the whole story, but let's just say he should have heeded his Mom's warning! Ralphie's cantankerous Dad, a.k.a. 'The Old Man' is one of the funniest characters in the movie.  "A Christmas Story" is full of mishaps and hilarious characters,  with a heartwarming holiday message to go along with it.

Home Alone (1990)
Another movie which follows the antics of a mischievous young boy, "Home Alone", written by John Hughes, is just one of those movies that is perfect for the holidays.  When Kevin's family leaves him at home by mistake on Christmas, he finds himself free to do whatever he likes - heaven! However, when a couple of burglars presume that the house is empty, Kevin has to defend the family home against them, setting booby traps galore. In the end, it turns out being alone on Christmas isn't so fun after all and the true meaning of Christmas becomes clear. If you love "Home Alone", check out "Home Alone 2", where Kevin ends up lost in New York!

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Love Actually (2003)
Christmas is a time to cherish your loved ones and "Love Actually" is a film which celebrates this sentiment perfectly. It follows several different stories, including the ageing rock star Billy Mack, who is aiming to get a Christmas Number One hit; Mark confessing his love to his best friend's new wife; the prime minister falling for new staff member Natalie; and Harry who is perilously close to losing his wife, Karen, after becoming besotted with his new secretary. All the stories intertwine beautifully and with its all-star cast, "Love Actually" is sure to warm your heart.

Elf (2003)
Onto the more goofy side of Christmas! Will Ferrell stars as the hapless Buddy, who, as a baby was mistakenly taken to the North Pole. Growing up with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves, Buddy believes that he, too, is an elf. After discovering that he is, in fact, a human, he is sent on a mission to find his father, Michael, in order to get him off the 'naughty list'. Overwhelmed by the real world, Buddy has to come to terms with store Santas, falling in love, and his father's rejection.  Achingly loveable, Buddy -  despite all his mishaps and missteps - manages to deliver the true meaning of Christmas.  

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Bad Santa (2003)
Wow, 2003 was a great year for Christmas movies!  "Bad Santa" isn't really your typical feel-good, Christmas classic - and definitely not one for the kids! Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie, a foul-mouthed, alcoholic, thief who decides to masquerade as a mall Santa Claus, along with his friend Marcus, who dressed up as an Elf, in order to rob the mall. One day, Thurman, a very naive young boy comes to visit Santa at the mall and is convinced that Willie is the real Santa Claus. Thurman's innocence allows for Willie to take advantage, but will Thurman's friendship break through Willie's tough exterior?  Perhaps this bad Santa turns good? There's only one way to find out!  Oh, if you can't get enough of Willie, Marcus, and Thurman, check out "Bad Santa 2", which was released last year.

Scrooged (1998)
Based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, "Scrooged" follows the story of the ruthless and mightily unpleasant Frank Cross. Just like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Frank works his employees tirelessly, caring not a bit that Christmas is around the corner and is intent on putting on a special live Christmas Eve performance on his television network. Leading up to the show, he is visited by the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, who show Frank how much hurt he has caused others in his life and the lonely end he will meet as a result of his actions. He is appalled at what the Ghosts have shown him, sees the error of his ways, and thus, finally gets into the spirit of Christmas!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton's "A Nightmare Before Christmas" is a movie that kids and adults alike will love.  Jack Skellington is The Pumpkin King and leader of Halloween Town, where all the spooky Halloween characters reside.  Jack has the task of organising the annual Halloween celebrations, but when he discovers a door leading to Christmas Town, he becomes inspired to do something a little different this year.  Choosing to celebrate Christmas instead, he has to first learn about the holiday and convince the townspeople to rally round and get in the festive mood.  Typical of Burton's dark, quirky style, "A Nightmare Before Christmas" is a beautiful animated movie that is sure to be a classic for years to come.

A Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
We're going to round off our merry little list with an all-time holiday classic, the award-winning "A Miracle on 34th Street". When Kris Kringle is hired as Macy's Santa Claus, he starts claiming that he's the real deal. Thought to be crazy, he's fired and ends up institutionalised. Hearing of the case, a young lawyer, Fred, decides to defend Kris in court; they are going to convince everyone that Kris really is Santa Claus. Running parallel to the story of justice for Kris Kringle, is that of a little girl, Susan, who has been raised to not believe in fairytales and certainly doesn't believe in Santa. By the end of the movie, you'll discover that miracles really can come true!

We hope this list will help you choose some holiday treats for this year's Christmas movie watching!  Are there any that you would add to the list?

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