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10 Christmas movies worth watching with family

Christmas movies: Christmas is approaching, and people are going back to their homes to celebrate the season with their families and loved ones.

What better way to unwind than to watch Christmas movies, especially a long day of activities?

Here, we take a look at some of the top Christmas movies to enjoy with friends and family.

In no particular order

Klaus (2019)

The Netflix animated movie Klaus, which explores the origin of Santa Claus, is one of the more recent Christmas movies available.

Oscar-winning actor JK Simmons plays the jolly, toy-making titular character.

He has no interest in kids, though.

Jason Schwartzman voices a postal worker, and Rashida Jones voices a cynical teacher.

Because it boasts one of the most striking animations, Klaus was nominated for Best Animated Feature.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the third Vacation movie from the National Lampoon magazine, celebrates the Christmas season.

Chevy Chase, the legendary comedian, is back as Clark Griswold, who wants to enjoy the ideal Christmas with his wife and kids.

The holiday bonus Clark was expecting from his employers wasn’t granted to him, and his cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family decided to crash the celebration.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Is it still a selection of holiday films if it neglects this Muppets feature?

Michael Caine, a well-known actor, plays Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Gonzo the Great portrays Charles Dickens, while Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit.

Despite the inclusion of Muppets, this imaginative adaptation of a well-known Christmas story is one of the most faithful to the original.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

In the 1947 holiday film “Miracle on 34th Street,” starring Edmund Gwenn, Kris Kringle plays Santa Claus during a parade on Thanksgiving.

Kringle succeeds in portraying the jolly Christmas persona, and he continues to visit Macy’s while dressed as Santa Claus.

He begins shocking people by insisting that he is Santa.

The next step is for Kris Kringle to appear in court so that his authenticity and state of mind may be evaluated.

A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story, a film about the holiday, became surprisingly popular.

Little Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), the protagonist of the movie, spends his holiday running away from a bully (Zack Ward), and he dreams of owning a Red Ryer air rifle.

Short segments of Parker’s daydreams in A Christmas Story are about the Parker family in a series of vignettes.

Bad Santa (2003)

Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox play two con artists in the adult comedy Bad Santa.

As part of their most recent plot, they loot stores on Christmas Eve while posing as a mall Santa and his elf.

Thornton is a depressed alcoholic with erratic behavior; thus, security suspects him.

However, Thornton begins to question whether there is still hope after making friends with a young child.

Die Hard (1988)

It would be inappropriate to leave Die Hard off a list of Christmas movies, despite being an action movie.

When terrorists take over a skyscraper he is in, NYC police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) experiences one of the worst Christmas Eves ever.

Especially since everything happened immediately following his reconciliation with his estranged wife.

Home Alone (1990)

The night before a family trip to Paris, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself in trouble in a movie that many millennials undoubtedly dreamed about.

As punishment, his mother has him spend the night in the attic.

Kevin, however, makes the most of his solitude after waking up; he feels his wish to be by himself has come true.

There is less enthusiasm when con artists (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) intend to rob the McCallister house.

Kevin must defend his house and keep the intruders out.

Elf (2003)

Early in the 2000s, Will Ferrell’s career as a well-known comedian was launched with the help of the Christmas movie Elf.

He portrays Buddy, a human who accidentally winds up at the North Pole as a baby.

Buddy, who is estranged, goes to New York searching for his cynical biological father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan).

Walter tries to connect with his long-lost son after the DNA test results show that they are relatives.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life is the perfect Christmas movie.

James Stewart, who played George Bailey in the movie, felt a special connection to the role because the movie was created right after World War II.

The film’s main character, Bailey, is so stressed out by his circumstances that he thinks of committing suicide on Christmas.

Bailey’s prayers are heard by guardian angels, who then send Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) to look after him.

In the film, George is portrayed as someone who is always prioritizing the needs of others over his own.

Clarence also gives George a glimpse of the world that might have been in his absence.

A timeless film like It’s a Wonderful Life never fails to move viewers to tears.


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