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Top 10 Holiday Movies to Watch on Christmas Day

Sheena Joseph | Dec 23 2020
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Christmas is the perfect day to be with family and watch a cosy movie. You don’t want the movie to be too sad or too dumb. A holiday movie has to be warm and fun enough to make you feel closer to your family. The holiday spirit is no joke. It is the togetherness that makes you feel fortunate to have loved ones. These movies qualify to be holiday choices due to their content and warm vibes.

1) Holidate

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Holidate is being hailed as the best holiday rom-com of 2020. The movie stars Emma Roberts (as Sloane) and Luke Bracey (as Jackson). The plot focuses on Sloane who hates holidays because her family judges her for being single and Jackson who is new to the city. The two of them become each other's holiday dates (holidate) for a year and strike up a friendship. The movie is blessed with well-crafted supporting characters who add fun and more to the plot. Holidate is a modern-day love story that is not cheesy or boring.

2) The Grinch

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The Grinch is an animated Christmas fantasy comedy film based on the 1957 book 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by Dr Seuss. The movie was released in 2018 and grossed over $511 million worldwide. It is the highest-grossing holiday film of all time and the highest-grossing Dr Seuss film adaptation as well. The story is set in a town called Whoville where human-like people called ‘whos’ live. It revolves around Grinch, a green-furred creature who doesn't like Christmas, and Cindy Lou, a six-year-old child who wants to talk to Santa.

3) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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This 2018 fantasy adventure film is a retelling of  E. T. A. Hoffmann's short story 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King' and  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet 'The Nutcracker'. The movie is about a girl who receives a gift her deceased mother left for her. The gift is a locked egg and she has to enter a magical kingdom to retrieve the key. If you are in the mood to watch a parallel world, a frozen river, and dance routines, then this is the perfect movie for you. The movie is mostly like reading a children’s fantasy book.

4) Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

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This 2020 musical fantasy is known for having a joyous child as Christmas cheer. The story begins with Jeronicus Jangle, an inventor and toymaker who is known for spreading joy around the town. However, he is betrayed by his resentful apprentice. Soon, his wife passes away and jangle loses his ability to invent. The movie takes a leap of 30 years and 'Journey' his granddaughter enters his life. The journey is full of curiosity, love, and hope. The movie translates inventions into problems solved by values in life - like the square root of possible, belief, and hope.

5) Home Alone and Home Alone 2

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The first 'Home Alone' movie was released in 1990 and it remained the highest-grossing live-action comedy for the next 20 years. The movie follows Kevin, an eight-year-old boy whose family left him behind by mistake on their vacation. Now, he must defend their home from two evil burglars. A sequel 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' was made in 1997. Another sequel was made in 1997 but most of the original cast did not reprise their roles, including Macaulay Culkin as Kevin. The movie focuses on how much holiday spirit is bound together with the family.

6) Klaus

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Klaus is a 2019 Christmas film distributed by Netflix. It is an alternate origin story of Santa Claus independent from the historic one. Klaus is set in a fictional town in the 19th century. The plot follows a lazy postman stationed in an island town in the snow-laden north pole. In an attempt to survive his term in the town, he befriends a toymaker. The movie received praise for animation, vocal performances, and story. It also won best animated film at the British Academy Film Awards. It is also the first animated film from Netflix to be nominated for an Academy Award. 'Klaus' was nominated alongside 'Missing Link', 'Toy Story 4', and 'I Lost My Body'.

7) The Christmas Chronicles 1& 2

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This American Christmas comedy film follows two children, Kate and Teddy who are dealing with the loss of their father. In an attempt to have fun on Christmas, they decide to spot Santa Claus and record proof of his existence. However, when they jump into his sleigh, it crashes and malfunctions. The children end up tagging along with Santa to save Christmas. The movie largely focuses on Teddy’s journey as a teenager. A sequel was released in November 2020 which focused on Kate's journey. The sequel takes place in the North Pole and Kate's life as a pre-teen.

8) Operation Christmas Drop

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This Netflix movie is loosely based on the real-life U.S Air Force Operation Christmas Drop, a humanitarian mission. Operation Christmas Drop is a tradition that started in 1952 that serves as a training mission for the U.S. Air Force. The plot follows Erica, a congressional assistant sent by Washington to investigate a US Air Force base in Guam. The base has a yearly tradition of airlifting goods to the citizens of Guam for Christmas. The islands are tormented by hurricanes and poverty. The goods gathered and donated by the army base is vital to the islanders' survival. The film was shot on the U.S territory of Guam itself.

9) The Holiday

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The 2006 rom-com film is one of the most popular holiday movies of all time. Directed by Nancy Meyers, the plot follows two women Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) from LA and Surrey. Both of them want a change during holidays and sign up on a home-exchange website. Iris' storyline in LA involves her meeting with an elderly screenwriter named Arthur Abbot. After hearing about her past, Arthur suggests her movies with heroines who have 'gumption' and encourages her to "be the leading lady of her own life". The two women end up overcoming their troubles over the holiday and face their demons.

10) Rise of the Guardians

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This 2012 animated, action-fantasy film is based on the book series 'The Guardians of Childhood'. The plot follows Guardians Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman. The guardians enlist Jack Frost,  the Spirit of Winter to stop an evil entity named Pitch Black (the essence of fear and the Nightmare King) from engulfing the world in darkness. The movie was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. Due to the popularity of the film, a video game was also released later.