Holiday movies to get you in the spirit

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by Caroline Kreul

It’s the most wonderful time of year again and it wouldn’t quite be Christmas without seeing at least one of the holiday movies that we’ve all come to know and love. While every family has its favorites, here are a few films that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

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Elf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve probably heard someone blurt out “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!” or “Have you seen these toilets? They’re GINORMOUS!”  Yet another shining example of Will Ferrell’s comedic genius, Elf is the epitome of quotable Christmas movies. Its implausible plot, hilarious one-liners and central theme of the importance of family and friends make this comedy an all-around holiday must-see.

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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Live Action)

This real-life re-make of the animated Dr. Seuss tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” puts a new twist on an old favorite. With just the right touch of sarcasm and adult humor (and the hilarious shenanigans of Jim Carrey as The Grinch), this is one re-make that will bring out the big kid in you!

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Miracle on 34th Street

A seasonal staple since its release in 1947, Miracle on 34th Street is a story of family, faith and a Christmas miracle. This heart-warming tale will have you instantly swept up in the story, and might just make you believe in Santa again.

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A Muppet Christmas Carol

Let’s be real here. Who didn’t watch the Muppets as a kid?! And even if you didn’t have the privilege, I think all of us can recognize its man-made cast, namely icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. This theatrical remake of A Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of Mr. Scrooge and his “humbug” Christmas spirit with the sort of comic relief that only the Muppets can provide.

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A Christmas Story

For my family and I, no movie defines Christmas quite like A Christmas Story. This tale of the trials and tribulations of the Christmas season, as well as a slightly dysfunctional family, is as hilarious as it is realistic. Told through the eyes of little Ralphie, this holiday classic will definitely remind you what it’s like to be a kid again!

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