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Top 10 family Christmas movies

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Flicks for family fun

Wanna stay in your PJs, drink the hot cocoa and have a family staycation during the holidays? When it comes to cranking up the DVD and sitting in for family Christmas movies, rest assured the following ten flicks will leave you spellbound for hours. Here is a list of the best family movies to watch with your brood.

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Miracle on 34th Street

It's downright amazing to think this movie was released in 1947 – over sixty years ago but it still stands the test of time. After all, who wouldn't love Kris Kringle's claim to be the real Santa Claus even though his gig at Macy's would prove otherwise. While her daughter Susan recognizes his spirit and is determined to reclaim the magic of the season, her mom Doris' cynicism is overshadowed by the spirit of belief.

Home Alone

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! As we all do a quick Macaulay Culkin impersonation, you gotta admit: the laughs and antics in this flick do not disappoint. Although we still can't comprehend how his large family managed to jet to France and not realize he was MIA, this savvy eight year-old's antics to foil burglars is not to be missed.

It's a Wonderful Life

Lest us forget how an angel gets her wings? This James Stewart classic is eye opening, heart warming and well, it breeds yuletide cheer. Come to think of it, we're beginning to wonder why people only watch it during the holidays. The tear jerker could really be watched any time during the year. Tissues optional.

A Christmas Story

If you've ever seen a frigidly icy street pole during the winter and images came to mind of sticking your tongue to it, welcome to A Christmas Story. Approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary (that's right, wanna feel old: 25!) of being released, this classic flick created a cult following. Remember that Red Ryder BB Gun? The glasses of Peter Billingsley? And the narration of a somewhat dysfunctional family? Ah, spreading the holiday cheer.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Whether you watch the original flick circa 1966 or the recent one with Dr. Seuss dating back to 2000, it's all good. Essentially here's the deal on Grinch: he's creepy. He's somewhat crawly. And he's oh so mean. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to steal Christmas? The big green gobber, Grinch, is indisputably mean and irascible. However, the character arc and catchy theme song are enough reason to watch.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

If you want to yuck it up and ditch those tears for laughs, grab a seat. In this flick even watching Chevy Chase fall uncontrollably down the house as he's hanging Christmas lights downright hilarious. And here's the thing: we can totally relate. The Griswold attempts to have a holiday get together to run smoothly and surprise, surprise, it doesn't! Mayhem ensues, relatives create a muck of things and the slapstick comedy does not disappoint.

A Christmas Carol

Another classic beckons you to watch but the 1951 version is one which typically gets most acclaim. In a traditional yuletide flair, yes roasting fires and old-fashioned Christmas carolers, this film focuses on three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Better yet, in a not-so-razzle dazzle economy it reminds us the holiday season is not about gift nor money. The message instead? Friends. Family. Love. Group hug!

Frosty the Snowman

"…and two eyes made out of coal. Frosty, the Snowman, …." The song is so catchy you simply can't not sing but the cartoon story truly has substance. Although there's a mini drama involved as the potential exists for him to possibly melt before reaching the North Pole, we can't get enough of this frolicking film which just makes us want to build a snowman.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

How sad is this? All the other kids used to laugh and call him names! Look out, though this reindeer knew how to work his uniqueness to his advantage. Who's leading the pack of reindeers now? Again, this flick has a sing along tune, a great narration and who can forget the land of the misfit toys?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

"Wa wa wa wa wa," says the inexplicable adult in this classic Charles M. Schulz film. Gotta love Charlie Brown, Linus et. Underneath the kids' relationships to each other as well as the adorable Snoopy and Woodstock, it comes down to Charlie Brown's quest for the true meaning of Christmas. Truly, a delight for all to watch and the tunes are groovin', too.

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