10 Christmas Movies to Watch Before December 25th

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In the time between the kids breaking up from school and Christmas there is plenty of time to watch Christmas films. If you added the run time for all 10 of the movies mentioned below, it would be less than 25 hours leaving you plenty of time to get those last-minute Christmas gifts. 

The list I've compiled features titles our family has watched multiple times; it wouldn't be Christmas without them. From classics like  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to more recent releases like Arthur Christmas, every movie is one the entire family will enjoy. So watch them. Every one.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Nothing says Christmas like the classic version of  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I'm pretty sure it was one of the first stop-motion holiday movies. I love Rudolph and I've always loved this version of the holiday song come to life. You've got to love a cute, furry underdog! While you're at it, slip in a showing of  Frosty the Snowman, another family favourite.
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Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

This one might not be on your traditional holiday movie list but my kids absolutely loved it. We almost wore out the video due to the number of times we played it. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a collection of animated holiday stories. My favourite is "Mickey & Minnie's Gift of the Magi"; it always warms our hearts. If you enjoy this collection, feel free to snag a copy of  Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas too!
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

While we're talking classic animated holiday favourites, there's nothing like  Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Don't get me wrong, Jim Carrey is awesome as the Grinch, but the 1960's version is still the best. Believe it or not, it's the one my kids prefer as well. I chalk it up to Max, the Grinch's adorable canine companion.
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A Christmas Carol

Speaking of grinches... I couldn't decide whether to feature  Disney's A Christmas Carol starring the talented Jim Carrey or my closet favourite,  A Muppet Christmas Carol. My kids prefer the former while this nostalgic, Muppet-loving mum prefers the latter. And don't forget  A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart; it's another great one thanks to Patrick being so easy on the eyes...
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The Polar Express

While we're on the subject of awesome actors, how about the talent of Tom Hanks in  The Polar Express? I believe he voiced six characters in that movie. SIX. I do so love the story of The Polar Express; it's one of the best for ushering in the Christmas spirit and reminding us all to BELIEVE. It's quite possibly the most magical movie on the list.
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The Santa Clause

It wouldn't be Christmas without some holiday humour and  The Santa Clause is right up there with Home Alone and Elf (also on the list). Even those who haven't a clue who Tim Allen is will love this heartwarming movie. Plus I love a story line that centres around the lead character's change of heart, especially if it has a good dose of clean humour in the mix!
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Home Alone

I'm pretty sure I'd have a rebellion on my hands if  Home Alone weren't on my list of 10 must-watch Christmas movies. I've seen this movie a dozen times (or more) and still enjoy it. Not surprising, it's always a hit with the kids. I don't doubt every child lives vicariously through Kevin McCallister—no parents, no rules, and the mad skills to catch a pair of sketchy criminals.
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Rise of the Guardians

While I know it's not technically a Christmas movie,  Rise of the Guardians is a great must watch movie. And it does centre around Jack Frost and Santa Claus, so I'm going with it. Our entire family adores this story with its variety of characters, personalities and places. It's another "believe" movie with a good-conquers-evil story line, which makes it a must-watch in my book (or DVD player).
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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas is by far one of my favourite animated holiday films of all time. Fortunately for me, my kids enjoy it too. This movie is for everyone who's ever felt that all-too-common feeling of not fitting in or not being good enough. Arthur Christmas totally gets it—he feels the same way. Yet in the end it's his unique personality and outside-the-box thinking that saves Christmas. Arthur is my hero.
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Elf

I've totally saved the best for last and not just because Elf Night* has become a tradition in our home. Our family fell in love with  Elf—and Buddy—the moment we first met him. Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf perfectly, giving him the right amount of childlike antics. The movie even has its own grinch who experiences a change of heart. When it comes to "believe" movies, it's right up there with The Polar Express for me. 

*Elf Night is when we watch the movie and eat waffles with every topping your heart desires (except spaghetti). Options often include Nutella, various syrups, whipped cream, chocolate chips, peanut butter, mini M&M'S, marshmallows, powdered sugar and strawberries.
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