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5 Classic Movies to Help You Start Off Your Holiday Season

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By Laura Kelly

Thanksgiving is over, which means it is officially the acceptable time to start indulging in holiday films. For those of you who have been eagerly waiting to revel in Christmas movies, you're good to go! For those of you who have been watching Christmas movies since the day after Halloween, congratulations, you're in the clear. As of today, no one can tell you that it's too early for Christmas movies.

Looking for a good, classic holiday movie to kick off the holiday season? Here are a couple of ideas to help get you started.

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'Love, Actually' (2002)

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When 'Love, Actually' premiered in 2002, it seemed automatically destined to become a holiday classic. Taking place in London, the movie follows multiple characters during the course of the Christmas season, with everything coming to a head-on Christmas Eve. With its large and multi-talented ensemble cast, viewers fell in love with the many characters and their stories of love during the holidays.

Bill Nighy especially steals the show in his role as a washed-up, foul-mouthed rock star trying to make a come-back

'A Charlie Brown Christmas' (1965)

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Looking for an animated classic that will appeal to viewers of all ages? Look no further than 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.' Arguably, the most famous of all the Peanuts' holiday specials, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is a heartwarming story about Charlie Brown's search to find the perfect Christmas Tree to decorate with his friends, and along the way, he learns the true meaning of the holiday with some help from his best friend, Linus. Whether you're an adult or a kid, this special will give you the warm fuzzies going into the season.

'Home Alone' (1990)

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Maybe coming off of Thanksgiving dinner, you're more in the mood for a good laugh. It's good for the digestion. If you're looking for a classic Christmas comedy, 'Home Alone ' will bring you the laughs and the holiday spirit. When eight-year-old Kevin's family forgets him when they leave for their Christmas vacation, Kevin is happy to be home ruling to roost. At least, until he has to go head-to-head with burglars looking to rob his house. The old kids versus inept villains is a classic trope that 90s movies have done many times, but no one can capture the magic of 'Home Alone.'

'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947)

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Sometimes an old black and white film just feels right during the holidays and the classic 1947 'Miracle on 34th Street' is a great one to watch right after Thanksgiving. Yes, many people are familiar with the 1994 version starring Mara Wilson. it's certainly has become a classic over the years, but the 1947 film is the one that started it all.

Fun fact about this version. You get to see actual footage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1946. They only had one day to shoot to get it right! Also, Edmund Gwenn, who played an endearing Kris Kringle in this film, was indeed Santa Clause in the real 1946 parade.

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