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The Christmas season is here and one of the best parts is the nightly holiday movie spree. For many, Christmas movies have been a major part of the holiday season since childhood. They bring families together, make you laugh and bring joy to the craziest, best time of the year.

Whether it's ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas or your favorite classic animated Christmas films, there are thousands of movies to choose from. Drinking hot chocolate, cuddling up with a comfy blanket and putting on a classic Christmas movie is one of the best ways to spend the weeks leading up to the big day. If you are wondering what movies to watch this year, here are my top five choices that are guaranteed to make your Christmas season better.

"Christmas with the Kranks"

Planning on ditching Christmas? Luther and Nora Krank decide to spend the holidays a little differently this year: traveling the Caribbean on a cruise ship. Not everything goes as planned for them as their Christmas-loving neighbors are not the biggest fans of their plan. Determined to win best-decorated street, the neighbors attempt to cancel the Kranks' big plans.

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

In possibly the funniest Christmas movie ever made, the Griswold's are guaranteed to make you cry laughing. The holiday from hell only gets worse as the days approach Christmas, ending in a literal explosion.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Who doesn't love Rudolph and the gang? A heart-wrenching coming-of-age film, Santa’s ninth reindeer finally finds his place in this Christmas tradition. Spoiler alert: Rudolph saves the day — but if you didn't know that, you should have.

"Fred Claus"

One of Vince Vaughn’s best holiday movies, "Fred Claus" is a classic Christmas favorite. This beloved Santa movie finds two Claus brothers pitted against each other in a grand attempt to save Christmas for the whole world.

"Home Alone"

Every kid wants to be Kevin McCallister. When left alone at home while his family heads to Paris to eat baguettes for the holiday, his wild wit and insane schemes save his house from nasty Christmas robbers. One of the only Christmas movies watched year-round, it is just that much more exciting to watch during this time of year.

This is the opinion of Troy Salmans, a freshman film and television studies major from Boston, MA. Tweet comments to @salmansta12 or email comments to jcornblatt@theloyolan.com.

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