Merry Christmas!

When I was young it never seemed like Christmas to me unless there was snow piling on the ground outside and falling softly from the sky. It wasn't Christmas without reading The Polar Express for the 200th time or without sipping hot coco by the wood stove. It just wasn't Christmas without the family movie nights cuddled on the couch or without Andy Williams singing from the car radio while we all drove home after a long day of opening presents with our cousins.

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Ten Must-Watch Christmas Movies According to Courtney

  "Everybody likes Denny's, it's an American institution!"  - Scott Calvin, Tim Allen, The Santa Claus

The snow is softly drifting and swirling through the crisp December air, the colored lights on my small Christmas tree glisten and twinkle in the reflection of the bulbs, and I'm wrapped up in my black and gold fleece blanket listening to the amazing vocals of Bing Crosby.

Christmas time is here. For many people, this time of year is focused on spending time with family, traditions, and the celebration of faith. One of the many traditions that my family has is watching Christmas movies together throughout the month before Christmas. I have compiled this list of  "Ten Must-Watch Christmas Movies," that my family and I love and that we watch repeatedly each year without fail. We never tire of these Clouse Classics and we each could probably recite most of the lines in these holiday flicks without thinking twice!

(Fun Fact: My family and I are known to be fluent in movie quotes.)

I invite you to take a look at the list below of Christmas movie cheer & invite you to share your favorites with me. So pull out the popcorn & hand me a couple Russell Stover chocolates and hit play!

(in no particular order of importance)

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." - It's a Wonderful Life

1. It's A Wonderful Life

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"Tinsel. Not just for decoration." - The Santa Claus

2. The Santa Claus

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"...And may all your Christmases be white." - Bing Crosby, singing in White Christmas

3. White Christmas

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4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)

"His heart was two-sizes, too small." - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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"SQUIRREL!" - Clark, Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation

5. Christmas Vacation

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"He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!" - A Christmas Story

6. A Christmas Story

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"Sometimes the darkest moments give birth to the brightest miracles." - Silent Night

7. Silent Night

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"Would it please the court if I gave you your Christmas card? I don't think I'll see you again. Unless I get arrested which is highly unlikely because it's Christmas Eve and I'm going to bed uncharacteristically early." - Susan Walker, A Miracle on 34th Street

8. A Miracle on 34th Street

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"GO AFTER HER!" - Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

9. A Christmas Carol  

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10. The Nativity Story

"And you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins." I know. Mary, God showed me. An angel came to me in my dream." - Joseph, The Nativity Story

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What are your must watch movies at Christmas time? I'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments!