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Christmas movies: As Christmas draws near, many return home to spend the holiday season with their families and loved ones.
What better way to unwind after a long day of activities than by watching Christmas movies?
Here, we examine some of the best Christmas movies to watch with loved ones.
In no particular order
One of the more recent Christmas movies on Netflix is Klaus, an animated film exploring Santa Claus’s origins.
Oscar-winning actor JK Simmons portrays the cheerful, toy-making titular character.
However, he is uninterested in children.
Jason Schwartzman voices a postal worker, and Rashida Jones voices a cynical teacher.
Klaus received a nomination for Best Animated Feature because it has one of the most impressive animations.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The third Vacation film from the National Lampoon magazine, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, honors the holiday season.
The legendary comedian Chevy Chase finally returns to the role of Clark Griswold, who wants to spend the perfect Christmas with his wife and children.
When Clark’s expected holiday bonus from his job wasn’t given to him, his cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family decided to crash the celebration.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
If it excludes this Muppets film, is it still a selection of Christmas movies?
In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed by legendary actor Michael Caine.
Charles Dickens is portrayed by Gonzo the Great, and Bob Cratchit is portrayed by Kermit the Frog.
This creative retelling of a well-known Christmas tale is one of the most faithful to the original, despite the presence of Muppets.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Kris Kringle plays Santa Claus in a parade on Thanksgiving in the 1947 holiday movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” which stars Edmund Gwenn.
Kringle successfully takes on the cheery holiday persona and keeps visiting Macy’s while wearing the Santa Claus costume.
He startles many by claiming to be Santa.
The next stage is for Kris Kringle to appear in court so his authenticity and mental state may be assessed.
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story, a movie about the holiday, gained surprising popularity.
The film’s main character, little Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), spends his holiday avoiding a bully (Zack Ward) and yearning to obtain a Red Ryer air rifle.
A sequence of vignettes from Parker’s daydreams in A Christmas Story revolves around the Parker family.
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Bad Santa (2003)
In the adult comedy Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox portray two con artists.
They loot stores on Christmas Eve while pretending to be a mall Santa and his elf as part of their most recent ploy.
Security suspects Thornton because he exhibits erratic behavior and is a depressed alcoholic.
However, after becoming friends with a little child, Thornton starts to wonder if there is still hope.
Die Hard (1988)
It would be wrong to include Die Hard from a list of Christmas movies despite being an action film.
NYC police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) has one of the worst Christmas Eves ever when terrorists take over a skyscraper he is in.
Especially considering that this occurred right after his reconciliation with his estranged wife.
Home Alone (1990)
In a movie that many millennials certainly dreamed about, Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister gets into trouble the night before a family trip to Paris.
His mother has him spend the night in the attic as a kind of punishment.
However, after waking up, Kevin makes the most of his solitude because he believes his wish to be home alone has been granted.
When con artists (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister home, Kevin’s party turns upside down.
Kevin needs to protect his home and keep the intruders out.
Elf, one of the popular Christmas movies, helped launch Will Ferrell’s career as a comic during the early 2000s.
He plays Buddy, an infant human who unintentionally ends up at the North Pole, growing up with the elves.
Buddy, who is alienated, travels to New York in search of Walter Hobbs, his cynical biological father (James Caan).
After discovering they are related, thanks to a DNA test, Walter seeks to get in touch with his long-lost son.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Anyone looking for moving Christmas movies has to look no further than It’s a Wonderful Life.
Because the film was produced immediately following World War II, James Stewart, who played George Bailey in the drama, had a unique connection to the character.
The main character of the movie, Bailey, is so stressed out by his problems that he considers killing himself on Christmas.
Guardian angels respond to prayers for Bailey by sending Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) to take care of him.
George is shown in the movie as someone who constantly puts the needs of others above his own.
As a result, Clarence also offers George a peek into the possible world that existed without him.
It’s a Wonderful Life is one of those classic movies that never fails to bring viewers to tears.