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8 Christmas Movies to Watch with your Family Tonight

Pop the popcorn and warm up the hot chocolate. You're in for a treat with these holiday gems.
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  1. Elf (2003). If you're feeling: out of place. What happens when a human baby accidentally tags along with Santa and is raised by elves? Watch Will Ferrell discover his true nature as he leaves the North Pole and travels to New York to find his real parents.

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    Runner Up: In Four Christmas, Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn) are forced to spend the holidays with their parents when all flights are suddenly canceled.

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  2. Love Actually (2003). If you're feeling: in the mood for love. It's not Christmas until this movie comes out to play and this classic British movie that combines ten million different love stories into one assures there's something for the entire family.

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    Runner Up: If you can't handle too many love stories, The Holiday focuses on just two as Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) swap houses for a vacay and find love when they least expected it.

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  3. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). If you're feeling: grumpy. Admit it, you're not 100% jolly during the holidays and the Grinch shows you it's okay to be bummed a bit and not be feeling the Christmas vibes. Plus, you get to see Taylor Momsen pre-bad-girl-Jenny-Humphrey. Yup, she's adorable.

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    Runner Up: If you're up to another Jim Carrey movie, the classic, A Christmas Carol, is done in 3D stop motion. See the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, as they warm Ebenezer Scrooge's cold heart.

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  4. Jingle All the Way (1996). If you're feeling: ready to ROFL. For some old school laughs, follow Arnold Schwarzenegger (ask your dad to do an impression) as he tries to find his son a sold out action figure on the eve of Christmas.

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    Runner Up: For more '90s nostalgia, catch The Santa Clause, where Calving (Tim Allen) slowly transforms into Mr. Claus when he accidentally puts on the suit. Clue: it's the reverse Biggest Loser. 

  5. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). If you're feeling: like you need a little escape. Nothing says out of this world like Tim Burton's creations. Go on an adventure with Jack Skellington (from Halloween Town), who accidentally opens a portal to Christmas Town. Halloween in Christmas? Yes, please.

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    Runner Up: For another form of escape, hop on the Polar Express and grab a ticket towards the North Pole. Get ready for lots of adventure as the train encounters a few challenges on the way up.

  6. Home Alone 1 & 2 (1990, 1992). If you're feeling: like you're up to no good. What does it feel like to get left behind when your family goes on vacay over the holidays? The Home Alone franchise explores this over FIVE movies. Macaulay Culkin only appears in the first two (the second one's set in NYC!).

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    Runner Up: For another kind of family, check out The Family Stone, where the Stone family gets together for the holidays to meet one of their sibling's new fiancé. Hint: it doesn't go well.

  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). If you're feeling: out of touch with the real meaning of Christmas. Who isn't in the mood for some Snoopy and the gang? Follow Charlie Brown as he struggles with the holiday season, as the Peanuts gang gets together to remind him what it's really all about.

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    Runner Up: Go behind the scenes at what happens in the North Pole on Chrismas eve with Arthur Christmas and see how Santa's son, Arthur, is out to restore one child's belief even when no one believes in him. 

  8. It's a Wonderful Life (1946). If you're feeling: very old school, like as old as your grandparents. See what happens when George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart aka your lola's Ansel Elgort) sees what life would have been like if he wasn’t ever born. Lesson: be careful what you wish for!

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    Runner up: If you want something retro but in color catch, Miracle on 34th Street, where a lawyer tries to prove to the court that his client, Kris Kringle is the real Santa Claus. Hard to believe, right?

What movies are you watching tonight with the family, Candy Girls? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom. Happy holidays! :)

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