5 Christmas Movies I Watch Every Christmas

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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.

#2 - The Polar Express

How can I not adore a movie voiced mostly by Tom Hanks? While the animation of this film isn't that great, I think it captures the spirit of Christmas pretty well, from the disillusionment young kids feel when they start to doubt the existence of Santa to the magic of the North Pole. This movie will make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

#3 - Home Alone

Kevin was every kid's hero. As an adult, this hijinks-filled movie is slightly more disturbing (why are those criminals so obsessed with trying to kill Kevin?!), but it's still one of my favorites for nostalgia purposes. There are also some iconic one-liners from this film, including "Buzz, your girlfriend... woof!" (my personal favorite).

#4 - Elf

"Elf" is probably my favorite Christmas movie ever. It's lighthearted and silly and features Zooey Deschanel before she was super quirky and adorkable. (Sorry, Zooey.) In some ways, Buddy the Elf reminds me of Leslie Knope, who is my all-time favorite character ever, so that is probably partially why I love this film so much.

#5 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When I was a kid, my family and I would always watch the cartoon version together, but the live action version is okay with me, too. The Grinch is so iconic, it's hard not to have him be part of my Christmas every year. The poor ol' green monster just needs some love, y'all.

Are there any Christmas films you try to watch every year?