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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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    Serendipity (2001)

    Do you believe in fate? Or the success of really cheesy romantic comedies? This John Cusack vehicle takes place in New York around holiday time, which qualifies it as a Christmas movie. Cusack meets adorable Kate Beckinsale while holiday shopping — they both reach for the same pair gloves. Romance follows, only it gets complicated when Beckinsale decides to leave everything to fate. There's ice-skating in the snow, there's romance, there's John Cusack, there's the actual restaurant Serendipity! For Cusack fans, it's an absolute holiday must-watch.

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    How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
    Starring: Boris Karloff

    Before Jim Carrey took his turn at the mean green Christmas-hating man, there was the animated film. Replete with hand-drawn animation and a downright adorable Cindy Lou Who (no Taylor Momsen to be found here), the 90-minute movie is pure charm. You can't watch this movie and NOT love Christmas. That's kind of the point. From the moment you hear the Whos sing "da-foo-do-ray," you'll be in full Christmas mode.

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    Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
    Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor

    It's not Christmas until you watch Judy warble out the notes of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in the snow. The movie is ostensibly about a family's move to New York City, but it contains a song about Christmas, ergo: it's a holiday movie. Garland also sings "The Trolley Song," which is low-key the catchiest song from a movie musical.

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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.