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It's Not Officially Christmas Unless You Watch These Movies

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    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Netflix and chilling with your fam. Isn't that how the remix goes? No matter your religious inclination, Christmas movies are a special genre. They're all family dysfunction, gift-giving cheer, and, occasionally, a single-gal house swap that leads to true love.

    We've rounded up the best in Christmas-movie goofiness. Sometimes zany (The Family Stone), sometimes manic (This Christmas), these are the movies that get to the heart of the holiday season: Food, friendship, and fun. And because you can only listen to Mariah Carey's Christmas album so many times, these are movies with good soundtracks, too.

    Step into your slippers and order some cookies on Seamless. Spend the night in with any one of these classic Christmas flicks.


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    A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000)
    Starring: Vanessa Williams, Kathy Griffin

    You recall A Christmas Carol, the classic Dickens tale of holiday regrets. This movie takes that story and adds Vanessa Williams and Kathy Griffin to the mix. Vanessa Williams is the Diva in question. She plays Ebony Scrooge, "pop music's biggest diva." Griffin plays the various ghosts of Christmas in the movie that is leagues (upon leagues) better than Jim Carrey's 2009 iteration of A Christmas Carol.

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    The Family Stone (2005)
    Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Craig T. Nelson, Diane Keaton

    This tale of home-for-the-holidays bickering is elevated by an all-star cast. Sarah Jessica Parker is perfectly wooden as Meredith, the one non-family member who attends the Christmas celebration. It's all familiar territory: Family secrets are revealed, someone ruins a precious holiday dish, and there are turtlenecks a-plenty. The real draw here are Craig T. Nelson and Diane Keaton, the respective Stone patriarch and matriarch. Family drama is what these actors do best, and the pair do not disappoint.

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    Last Holiday (2006)
    Starring: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Queen Latifah is living it up as Georgia Byrd, a saleswoman who learns that she has a terminal illness. She takes a break from her introverted personality and gifts herself with a trip to Europe and a lot of luxury.

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    Home Alone (1990)
    Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

    Kevin was Chicago's OG scammer, and Pesci and Stern were veritable opponents. This movie also made us want to move to the Windy City suburbs ASAP when we were little. Those houses!

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    The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)
    Starring: Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Shirley Booth, George S. Irving

    Remember those old puppet Christmas movies that air on Freeform (the network formerly known as ABC Family) every December? The Year Without A Santa Claus is the best of those old holly-jolly Rankin/Bass classics.

    This year, Santa's fed up. No more Christmas jet setting for Mr. Claus. When he decides to take a year off, the Miser brothers — Heat Miser and Snow Miser — face off.