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If you are a fan of Will Ferrell, this holiday movie is probably one of your favorites, too. Released in 2003, “Elf” will make you laugh out loud as you watch one of Santa’s elves, named Buddy and played by Ferrell, try to make it in New York City.

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole where he grew up testing toys in Santa’s workshop. When Buddy finds out he is not an elf, he leaves in search of his biological father who lives in New York. Watch as buddy spreads Christmas cheer and creates a little bit of chaos along the way. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

The online movie and TV review site Rotten Tomatoes has this classic listed at number 1. And we couldn’t agree more. James Stewart and Donna Reed play the main characters who will steal your heart in what is considered one of the best American films ever made.

The film is centered around George Bailey, played by Stewart, who is contemplating suicide on Christmas eve. His guardian angel takes him through flashback of how different life would have been if he was never born.

“Christmas Vacation”

Released in 1989, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was the third movie made as part of National Lampoons Vacation film series. Refill your eggnog and watch as the Griswold family attempts to have an old-fashioned family Christmas.

Causing a wide-spread power outage thanks to hanging 25,000 twinkling lights, dealing with a dysfunctional family, and problems at work, Chevy Chase (who plays Clark Griswold) goes on a rampage to save Christmas.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

It’s a tradition in most homes this time of year to sit down and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” when it comes on TV. The animated special is, of course, based on the comic strip Peanuts. All of your favorite characters come alive during this short film about the true meaning of Christmas.

It was a big hit when it was released in 1965 and has been a favorite among many ever since. Fueled by the commercialism of Christmas, a depressed Charlie Brown eventually finds joy in the season with a little help from friends.

“A Christmas Story”

Who doesn’t remember the hilarious scene when Flick gets his tongue stuck on a pole? There have been a lot of adaptations of this film over the years. Originally released in 1983, “A Christmas Story” is set in the 1940s when a young boy named Ralphie tries to convince everyone around him a Red Ryder BB gun would make the perfect gift.

Will he get everything he wants for Christmas?