There’s nothing like a classic Christmas film to get you in the holiday spirit, and it’s guaranteed to work every year. During the rest of the year you can put these movies away and forget about them, but when the Christmas holidays are near, you bring these films into your heart and soul and you hunger to watch them. We challenge you to watch these favorite 14 and not get in the holiday spirit.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

This Jimmy Stewart classic movie is a favorite because it is one of those movies that makes you think “If that was me…?” And reflection at Christmas is what many people do; at a time of kindness and merriment, we often take a look at ourselves. This masterpiece of American cinema will get your heart in gear for the season.

Home Alone (1990), and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

The first two entries of the Home Alone series starring Macaulay Culkin are wildly funny and a lot of fun for fans all ages, not only the kids. Youngster Kevin Arnold encounters wild adventures and defends himself from a pair of blundering burglars when he gets left behind by his family — twice — for the Christmas holidays.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell plays a normal-sized human who crawled into Santa’s sack as a baby and ended up being raised among Santa’s elves in the North Pole. When he realizes he is human and goes to New York City to find his birth father, the fish-out-of-water comedy ensues. All fans of Ferrell’s brand of humor will enjoy the silliness — and sweetness — of Elf.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

This is definitely one of the most hilarious Vacation movies made! You’ll laugh as the infamous Griswold bumbles its way through Christmas and — as usual for the Griswolds — everything that could go wrong does go wrong.

Love Actually (2003)

This romantic comedy that boasts an ensemble cast instead of a single lead is a wonderful story that follows a number of characters in their lives leading up to Christmas. It is happy endings all around, the exact type of story you want to see at this time of year.

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Scrooged (1988)

The hilarious Bill Murray brings the traditional christmas carol story to life in this modern depiction of the story of a greedy, wealthy man who is visited by 3 ghosts who show him what Christmas has been, what it is, and what it could become if he continues being the person he is being. There are some funny parts and an overall entertaining movie.

The Polar Express (2004)

A children’s movie that adults will enjoy because of the 3D animation, along with a whimsical story meant to awaken your imagination and festive spirit.

The Santa Clause (1994)

Tim Allen brings Christmas fun to life when he gets the job of a lifetime as a jolly man who gets to travel the world. This movie is fun and enjoyable for the whole family.

A Jetson Christmas Carol (1985)

This one is for the kids but anyone who enjoys the space-age Jetsons family will enjoy it as George goes on the journey of the past, present, and future. One of those movies that is great to get in the spirit when you do not have a lot of time, you want to remember your childhood, and you have some treats you want to eat while watching something.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Whether you see it because you are a Dr. Seuss fan or because you are a Jim Carrey fan, The Grinch is enjoyable and filled with moments that will remind you why Christmas is truly a magical time.

Trading Places (1983)

Two of the best comic actors of the 1980s come together to make your Christmas very merry. Eddie Murphy, as homeless grifter Billy Ray Valentine, swaps places with Dan Aykroyd as successful stockbroker Louis Winthorpe III, and hilarity ensues. The outcome is very funny, and might be a little inappropriate for young children.

The Holiday (2006)

This is one of those movies you can relax and enjoy at any time to get you in the spirit. It is not necessarily the Christmas spirit it aims to get you into, this film gets you into the spirit of being happy with what you have and appreciating life. And once you are in that spirit, the Christmas theme of the movie will whisk you into a Christmas spirit that is perfect for the nights leading up to December 25th. An ensemble cast features Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law.

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

This remake of the classic is a story about a little Maria Wilson, who does not believe in Santa. When she meets the real St. Nick and asks for a present, she just knows he won’t be able to give it to her. There are a lot of touching moments that will make you say ‘awww’.

White Christmas (1954)

This holiday movie from the ‘50s are filled with festive songs and dances, and this is no exception! The story is a romantic tale that will entertain you until the last second if you appreciate well written and developed movies. It stars Bing Crosby, and you know that his classic version of White Christmas will continue to be played throughout the month as you will know the origin after seeing this film.

So that is our Christmas reel. Find these movies now and start building a merry collection of festive titles. Get your favorite people and snacks, and get comfortable as you get into a festive mood.

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