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The holiday season's must-see movies

There are just so many great Christmas movies out there, it is hard to know which ones are the best or what they are all about. There are the ones that warm your heart and remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, but there are others that simply make you laugh until eggnog is coming out of your nose. Here's a list of the best ones to catch while you have some extra time.

1. "A Christmas Story": Let's face it, this one is a classic that you can't live without. Who doesn't want to watch Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) in his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun?

2. "It's a Wonderful Life": If you are looking for a classic that makes you realize just how wonderful your life is, this is a must-see movie.

3. "Elf": Will Ferrell. As an elf. Wearing tights. In New York City. What more can I say?

4. "A Christmas Carol": There are just so many of them, how are you to choose which one is best? "A Christmas Carol" (1951): If you like the black-and-white classics that stay true to the original story, this is the one for you. "A Christmas Carol" (animated): This movie also stays true to Charles Dickens' story but has amazing animation that makes it even more wonderful. "A Muppets Christmas Carol": The Muppets movie from our childhood is worth watching every year and adds levels of hilarity to Dickens' tale. "Scrooged": A modern remake of "A Christmas Carol" (well, modern for 1988) that takes you through the classic story with Bill Murray-ish twists.

5. "A Charlie Brown Christmas": Poor Charlie Brown and his little tree that nobody loves. Discover the true meaning of Christmas with the Peanuts gang with some laughs along the way.

6. "Home Alone": Being left home alone seems wonderful, until of course you have burglars trying to break into your house. Simply hilarious.

7. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation": Go into this movie with an open mind, and the Griswold's misfortunes as they try to have an amazing Christmas become comical.

8. "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer": This heartwarming classic that we loved as children has been taken to a new level as we have matured and seen Santa as the bully, but somehow, we still love this movie.

9. "Miracle on 34th Street": When an old man claiming to be Santa Claus is institutionalized, a heartwarming story ensues as a lawyer tries to prove that he is the real Santa.

10. "The Polar Express": This movie based on the classic book has amazing animation, especially during the hot chocolate scene, but what's up with the creepy hobo dude hanging out on the train's roof?


Alissa Roy is a junior at Springville-Griffith Institute.

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