'Tis the Season: Christmas on Film

What is it that we love so much about Christmas movies? Is it the tradition? The sentiment? The décor? Or, some inexplicable combination of all three, that draws us in, sits us down and leaves us glued to our seats...year after year?

Not all of the films included here are 'Christmas movies' per se, but each of them represents Christmas in a memorable, magical, and somehow repeatedly watchable way. Most of us have seen them many times, yet we still watch - over, and over, and over. Is it the comfort in the familiar that appeals to us? Do they simply make us laugh? Remind us of the true meaning of the season? Or do they represent a longing for a time, a place (or a family!), that is somehow different from our own? Do we see ourselves in these films, or merely wish that we did??

First Row:
1. Love Actually, 2003
2. The Holiday, 2006
3. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946
4. Elf, 2003
5. White Christmas, 1954

Second Row:
1. Little Women, 1994
2. Home Alone, 1990
3. Bridget Jones's Diary, 2001
4. Christmas in Connecticut, 1945
5. Sleepless in Seattle, 1993

Third Row:
1. Christmas Vacation, 1989
2. You've Got Mail, 1998
3. The Bishop's Wife, 1947
4. A Christmas Story, 1983
5. Miracle on 34th Street, 1947

Forth Row:
1. Joyeux Noel, 2005
2. Holiday Inn, 1942
3. The Family Stone, 2005
4. Stepmom, 1998
5. When Harry Met Sally, 1989

Do you love Christmas movies? And if so, why? Which ones are your favorites?

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