Chris Ottaviano’s top 10 movies to get you fired up about the holidays.

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Chris Ottaviano, Sports Editor

There are 3 things promised in life: death, taxes, and 24/7 Christmas movies on the Freeform Network during the entire month of December. As we rapidly approach Christmas day, my family and I have been watching some of these movies which has had me wondering: What is the best Christmas movie? I decided to compile a list of my favorite films that get me in the holiday spirit. 


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  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (G)- Barely making the list at #10, this movie only beats “The Night Before” because the Grinch song came out of it.


  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (G)- It’s not the Christmas season until your parents sit you down and force you to watch this one. It only makes the list because of how classic it is.


  1. Die Hard (R)- It was bound to make the list somewhere. Is it a Christmas movie? Kinda. Is it awesome? Undoubtedly.


  1. Polar Express (G)- This movie would be ranked higher if the animations were just a little less creepy. If you didn’t tear up when the two kids were singing in the back of the train, you’re definitely a robot who’s devoid of emotion.


  1. Office Christmas Party (R)- With a cast choc-full of some of the best comedic actors around, it’s no surprise that Office Christmas Party is a wild romp that never fails to get me fired up.


  1. Home Alone (PG)- One of my favorites. Loses points because it creeps me out how much pleasure Kevin gets from hurting the Wet Bandits. BTW does anyone know what Kevin McCallister’s dad does for a living? That house is huge.


  1. Home Alone 2 (PG)- It’s just regular Home Alone but with Kevin living like an absolute baller in New York. I mean c’mon. A hot pizza in a limo on 5th Ave.? Luxury if I’ve ever seen it.


  1. Charlie Brown Christmas (G)- An absolute classic with a phenomenal soundtrack to go with it. Who doesn’t love the Peanuts crew?


  1. It’s A Wonderful Life (PG)- An absolute flop when it first came out in 1946, It’s A Wonderful Life is a timeless classic that’s perfect for sitting by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.


  1. Elf (PG)- My all time favorite. I can recite almost every line from this perfect Christmas comedy. Who would’ve guessed that Will Ferrell and Zoe Deschanel would make the perfect duo?


There you have it, folks! My top picks for getting into the Christmas spirit. Do you agree with this list? Let me know what your favorite holiday movies are in the comments below!