Fall has just begun in New York City. While residents are trading tank tops for sweaters and iced coffees for hot mochas, excitement builds for a surging New York Mets team and the hope for their first World Series berth in 15 years. The leaves are changing as Halloween sets to give doorbells across the state a good workout next weekend. Before long, the holiday season will quickly envelop the city.
From Harlem to Chelsea, there’s a little bit of everything for even the biggest Scrooge in town during the Yuletide season. Sure, nobody likes the slush that haunts the city streets after a harsh snowstorm, but who could resist a romantic ice skating session or finding the missing piece to your wardrobe in the heart of Manhattan?
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We're wishing everyone a happy, safe holiday!
Christmas Eve is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and watch a few Christmas movies. If you're stuck on which ones to watch, here are 10 that have all the holiday spirit you'll need!
#1 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I think there are two camps of people that exist: those that love Christmas music, and those who are vehemently against it. I fall into the former camp. The day after Thanksgiving is over, I'm zealous about the holiday music I listen to. I'm a huge fan of the classics and I think it's widely agreed upon that very few new Christmas music is good (although kudos for attempting).
But there are some great modern-day Christmas songs out there! Here are a few of my favorites.
#1 - Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas is You"
As far as I'm concerned, this list could be composed entirely of Mariah Carey's song "All I Want for Christmas is You" and be considered a raging success. This is not only the best modern-day Christmas song, it's probably my favorite Christmas song of all time. And I'm not sorry! I love this song. Bonus points for the video.
I admit that I've never really been into the classic Christmas films like "Miracle on 34th Street" or "White Christmas." The only annual Christmas movie my family and I made sure to watch together was the animated specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the cartoon version of "The Grinch." So, as I grew up, my favorite Christmas films tended to be modern movies that I just really enjoyed. Here's my personal list of favorite Christmas movies.
#1 - The Family Stone
Something about "The Family Stone" gets me every time. It's possibly because the family is so dysfunctional I can't help but love them. They're the good kind of crazy. Plus, it makes me cry like a baby. Good Christmas movies will do that, man.