Best movies to help you get into the Christmas spirit

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Despite Christmas being less than a month away, it’s the holiday that has been incessantly on our minds since Halloween and Thanksgiving concluded. The actual day itself isn’t what makes us fans of Christmas, but rather all of the Christmas spirit that starts to fill the air surrounding us. The holiday transitions from a single day in length to what feels like an entire season with all of the ornate decorations, themed foods and drinks, cozy sweaters, gift-giving, and let’s not forget about the movies! Here are some Christmas classics to reinvigorate your holiday spirits regardless of whether it’s 10 or 20 days from Dec. 25.

“Elf” (2003)

This Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell is guaranteed to reel in lots of joy and Yuletide cheer for your holidays. The story of a bewildered grown man wandering the bustling streets of New York City under the belief that he’s one of Santa’s elves is both original and entertaining to watch unfold on your TV screen. College equates to a lot of “adulting” whether we like it or not, and this movie serves as the perfect remedy to unleash your inner child.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

See the magical children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss come to life with this movie adaptation. This Christmas comedy has made the arrogant and grim Grinch a household name across the United States, all while stressing the significance of being the precise opposite — caring and compassionate to others. While Berkeley may not be an exact replica of Whoville and its Whos, the same protocol of kindness applies not just during the festive months, but 24/7.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Based on the familial comic “Peanuts,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has established itself as a holiday classic because it teaches viewers the real meaning of Christmas — being around the people you love. Although it may sound corny or cheesy, this Emmy Award-winning special will touch your heart as you watch the “Peanuts” gang rally together as one to rekindle Charlie’s spirits.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)

We’ve all heard the Christmas jingle growing up, but have you watched the equally iconic TV special? With his one-of-a-kind red nose, Rudolph becomes a mockery among the reindeer of the North Pole. In a mere 55 minutes, however, the importance of embracing your individual qualities becomes an essential theme of the holiday flick — a crucial message to keep in mind year-round.

“Home Alone” (1990)

Can’t say that we can all relate to being accidentally left behind during Christmas vacation only to embrace the daunting responsibility of protecting our vacant home against two foolish burglars, but it sure does make for an interesting film to watch. Despite the film’s slightly unrealistic narrative, it’s a classic family film that both adults and children can find enjoyable. But you may want to have a different way of handling a home invasion.

Slip into your comfiest pajamas, prepare a cup of your favorite hot chocolate and enjoy one of these quintessential Christmas films for a night assured to awaken your sleeping holiday cheer.

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