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6 Best family Christmas movies

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Holiday movies to watch together

Love holiday movies? They are so much fun to watch as a family. Wondering which ones your family should rent this season? Then this list of 6 great holiday movies is for you.

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We're counting down the days until Christmas. Stockings are hung, presents are being wrapped and now it's time to just enjoy the holiday season. A favorite family activity for holiday time (behind tree trimming, Christmas carols and cookie baking) is watching family Christmas movies.

Here are the best holiday movies to watch this season.

1Christmas with the Kranks

When a couple's only daughter can't make it home for Christmas, the parents decide to skip Christmas altogether. The neighbors are disappointed, but the couple plans to get away for the holiday to a warm and tropical location -- until they learn that their daughter is coming home as a surprise and she expects their usual all-out celebration. It's a funny, kid-safe movie that the whole family can laugh through.

2How the Grinch Stole Christmas

While Jim Carrey's version was enjoyable, this classic animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is awesome. The kids will love the story of the grumpy Grinch and how he can to be good after all. And adults will enjoy the trip down memory lane.

3A Charlie Brown Christmas

Who can forget that sad little tree that Charlie Brown selects for the Christmas pageant? This cute, warm animated film never gets old. It's a poignant commentary on commercialism and a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday.

4National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

In the tradition of the National Lampoon's series, this hilarious film follows the accident-prone, well-meaning dad as he tries to have a fabulous traditional Christmas. But even with the best-laid plans, plenty goes wrong. Still everyone has a merry Christmas in the end.

5The Polar Express

This film is a fabulous reproduction of the book of the same name. Children from all over are chosen on Christmas Eve night to take a magical train ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole, where Santa gives the first gift of Christmas to one of them. It's a heart-warming tale of friendship and believing.

6Santa Claus: The Movie

Where did Santa come from? This movie answers that question with an enrapturing tale of how elves saved the man who became Santa Claus. And then there is a naughty elf, who is helping a creepy man … and they need to be stopped. It's a film that's filled with adventure, excitement and hope.

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