Four Movies to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

While studying for exams I always find it difficult to concentrate because of the holiday excitement in the air. Unfortunately, Toronto doesn’t stop buzzing with holiday spirit even when you’re drowning in schoolwork, which means that I’m usually stuck admiring the Christmas tree at the Eaton Centre (it’s the tallest Christmas tree in Canada, and is absolutely breathtaking) and everyone’s pre-holiday festivities on Instagram. But I will admit that sometimes I can’t help myself and use my study breaks to watch holiday movies. There are a ton to choose from, but there are always a few holiday comedies that I can’t help but watch every year.

Home Alone (1990)

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Would this truly be a list of holiday movies if I didn’t include Home Alone? A young boy named Kevin McAllister lives with his large family, and being one the youngest among his siblings and cousins, doesn’t always get along with everyone. His wish for his family to disappear seems to come true when he is accidentally left behind as his family travels to Paris for their vacation. Soon, Kevin realizes that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Between his mysterious neighbour and fighting off two burglars with elaborate schemes, Kevin gets into a ton of crazy adventures, and makes this movie a holiday classic.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name, Jim Carrey stars as the title character of the film. Six-year-old Cindy Lou wants to encourage the town to embrace the Grinch and tries to bring them together in the spirit of the season. The Grinch, on the other had, has his own plans as he schemes to take away the spirit of the town by stealing all of their presents. It’s a festive story about the holidays being about more than just gifts, and may make you tear up a bit. Plus, the movie features a dog dressed as a reindeer. If that’s not enough to make you watch this movie, I don’t know what will.

Elf (2003)

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Will Ferrell stars as the upbeat Buddy the Elf, a normal man who found his way onto Santa Claus’ sleigh when he was a young child. Taken to the North Pole with Santa, Buddy spends his life mistakenly living and working as an elf in the workshop. But after learning the truth about who he his, and the shock of learning that his birth father is on the Naughty List for his selfish behaviour, Buddy sets out to New York to reconnect with his dad. Naturally, a grown man  fascinated by the city and running around in an elf costume provides a ton of laughs.

Christmas With The Kranks (2004)

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen star as Nora and Luther Krank, a couple who decide to pass on their usual holiday traditions while their daughter is away in favour of a Caribbean cruise. Despite their neighbours’ numerous attempts to get them in the holiday spirit, the Kranks are firm in their decision. However, a surprise visit by their daughter and her new fiancé leaves them scrambling to put together their huge annual celebration. Think of this movie as a reminder of the madness that can transpire when you leave your holiday shopping to the last minute.

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