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NoBo’s Top Ten Favorite Holiday Films

By Keith Spencer

keith@nobomagazine.com

Who doesn’t remember watching the Grinch, or the Muppets, or the clay-mation classics each holiday season as a kid? Here’s our top ten list of favorite holiday films. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Click on the title of each film to be redirected to its Internet Movie Database page.

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10. The Claymation Classics – Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

While these films are lame and outdated when considering its antiquated production, these two claymation classics are perhaps some of the greatest holiday films ever made. They instantly transport you back to your childhood!

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9. A Nightmare Before Christmas

This Tim Burton claymation film blends Halloween with Christmas, a strange but delightful combination!

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8. Home Alone

This John Hughes classic is perhaps one of the funniest holiday movies. Who hasn’t dreamed of running around the house, causing mayhem and destruction while the parents were away?

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7. Scrooged

This Bill Murray flick is certainly not for the little ones, but is a great twist on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You’re sure to learn a lesson or two about the holiday spirit if this season has you down in the dumps.

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6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Like the use of the term “a Scrooge”, the Grinch has become synonymous with the Christmas holiday. The Dr. Seuss classic is like no other holiday film, and no remake (nice try Ron Howard) will ever be able to compare. Who doesn’t remember curling up with a pillow on the floor or the couch as a kid to watch this classic each and every year?

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5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

In third installation of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, Clark and Ellen Griswold once again demonstrate why they are the epitome of the dysfunctional family. Who doesn’t like to see a family at the holidays that is crazier than your own?

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4. A Muppets Christmas Carol

With the Muppets skyrocketing back to popularity after this year’s fall-release of a new film, their version of the Charles Dickens classic was and continues to be a holiday hit!

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3. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Linus’s speech alone made us consider this Christmas classic for our top spot. As usual, Charlie Brown is depressed, worried about the commercialization of Christmas. The story, way ahead of its time, gives me hope every year that the true meaning of the holidays will not be lost. I only hope generations to come continue to include this film in their annual, holiday rotation.

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2. It’s a Wonderful Life

There isn’t much that I can say that hasn’t been already said about this classic. While you don’t want to link suicide and depression to a holiday film, this classic is sure to capture your heart. If you haven’t managed to catch this flick in the past, its finally time to sit down this holiday and watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Undoubtedly, it will play on nearly every TV station this holiday season.

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1. A Christmas Story

I don’t think anyone can forget little Ralphie Parker, the poll and tongue incident, and that Red Rider BB Gun. Set in 1940’s Indiana, this story is the perfect Christmas tale, and remains in the hearts of both the young and old. The film is sure to continue to keep its classic status and remain atop favorites lists for years to come.

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