Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it is time to bring out the Christmas movies!

While I’m definitely a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie girl, sometimes I need a little something different. For those of us who don’t have 24/7 access to the Hallmark Channel feed, I’ve compiled a list of some other movies to see, and a little lesson or two you might take away with your healthy dose of holiday spirit.

Now, I am a big lover of Christmas and Christmas movies, so while this list may be a bit biased on my part, I did my best to make it more well-rounded and not just a “Marina’s top 10 favorites.” Let me know what you think!

10 Christmas movies to add to your watch list this year:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) –  A reminder that the world would be a more terrible place without you. Everyone has a purpose and forever changes life just by being a part of it.
  2. White Christmas (1954) – It’s never too late to help a friend, and if you ever find yourself in Pine Tree, Vermont before Christmas, you’ll have a treat (lots of snow) and maybe a musical number!
  3. A Christmas Story (1983) – Gun safety is no-joke. And neither are foul words at Christmas. Be careful what you wish for, some lessons are hard to learn on your own and may require your mouth to be washed out with soap.
  4. The Santa Clause (1994) – SANTA IS REAL! That’s all you need to know. Plus classic 90s special effects and design. Who needs more than that?
  5. Charlie Brown’s Christmas (1965) – Even the smallest act of kindness can bring brilliant, glorious, and gorgeous results.
  6. Home Alone (1990) – Don’t forget to pack your passport, your keys, and your kids. And the ingenious of resourcefulness of a kid left to his or her own devices can be illuminating. Don’t stifle creativity!
  7. The Muppets’ Christmas Carol (1992) – Arguably the best version of the Dickens’ classic. If you don’t catch yourself singing “Heat Wave! This is an island in the sun…” then you haven’t been so cold that you had to turn on your heat after putting on six sweaters, and also you haven’t seen this movie enough.
  8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) – Because we can all be Grinches sometimes and our hearts have room to grow.
  9. A Miracle On 34th Street (1947) – Don’t stop believing in yourself, and don’t stop believing in Santa Claus.
  10. Love Actually (2003) – Look for the love around us. Love is, actually, all around us.

What are your favorite holiday movies? We’d love to add them to our “to watch” list! 

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