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Cozy Up by the Fire For These Classic Christmas Films

Jingle All the Way With These Holiday Flicks

By: Jessica Scarimbolo

Watching Christmas movies can help prepare you for the season.

Christmas is fast approaching, and one of the best ways to get in the spirit is with some great Christmas movies.

While there are many amazing Christmas movies out there, there are some that are, universally categorized as a being classics.

Light your candles, get cuddled up in a blanket with your hot chocolate, and turn on some of these jolly films.

Firstly, the success of “Home Alone” shows that many people enjoy some Kevin McCallister in their life for the holiday.

“Home Alone” is a comedy surrounding a young boy, played by Macaulay Culkin, who needs to protect his home from two burglars. He was accidentally left behind when his family headed to Paris for the holiday season, leaving him home alone.

When the film premiered in 1990, it remained number one in the box office for 12 weeks straight. Additionally, on Nerve’s list of “The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time,” the film ranked at number six.

Perhaps the film being an adventure/comedy, or because Kevin McCallister is the brave eight-year old we all want to be, is why it is such a must-see for the Christmas season.

Legendary Christmas movies did not stop with “Home Alone” in the 90’s. In 1994, “The Santa Clause” premiered in theaters, starring Tim Allen.

When Santa Claus accidentally falls off his roof, Scott Calvin (Allen) puts on the Santa suit, magically transporting him and his son to the North Pole, assigning him the role as the new Santa Claus.

Perhaps it’s great box office success could be attributed to it’s timeless storyline that reminds viewers to believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas.

Box Office Mojo states the worldwide total lifetime grosses for “The Santa Clause” is $189,833,357.

In 2003, Will Ferrell starred in the groundbreaking Christmas film “Elf.”

The film follows one of Santa’s elves who learns that he is actually a human who was left behind by his biological parents.

Buddy the Elf goes to New York City in search for his father and spreads Christmas cheer to everyone he meets, as he walks around the streets of Manhattan in his giant green elf suit.

The comedy was nominated for a number of awards and even took home the prize for a few, including the ASCAP Film Award for Top Box Office Films.

Allowing even the grumpiest of people to feel jolly around the Christmas season, “Elf” reminds audiences that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!”

Though this next film has two different versions, the 2000 take on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a longer, more elaborate version of the TV short from 1966.

Many new aspects were added to deepen the plot of the storyline, seeing as it was originally based off of the classic Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The film follows the Grinch, who is the only person in Whoville that hates Christmas, and has absolutely no Christmas cheer. The Grinch attempts to take the citizens’ Christmas spirit by dressing up as Santa Claus and stealing everyone’s presents.

Strangely enough, this act by the Grinch reminds him and the citizens of Whoville the true meaning of Christmas.

The film was widely received by audiences worldwide, grossing over $345 million dollars and was nominated for 3 academy awards, winning one.

These films can liven up any Scrooge and spread that precious Christmas spirit.

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