5 Christmas movies to watch this season

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Looking for a movie to take your mind off finals and get you in the holiday spirit? Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket and enjoy one of these holiday favorites. 

1. "Love Actually"

This British romantic comedy pulls out all the stops. The movie follows several storylines, which all interconnect, leading up to Christmas. With a cast featuring Colin Firth, Kiera Knightly, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson, this 2003 film is sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

2. "It’s a Wonderful Life"

If you’re looking for a classic, look no further than "It’s a Wonderful Life." The black and white film follows a young man that is running his late father’s bank and loans business. After a large sum of money goes missing, which threatens the bank staying open, George Bailey thinks everyone would be better off without him. That is, until he gets a visit from his guardian angel.

3. "Polar Express"

This film, based on the timeless children’s book, follows a young boy who hops on a train to see Santa on Christmas Eve. Between songs about hot chocolate and making new friends, there’s no doubt that this one will take you back to your childhood.

4. "Home Alone"

When Kevin’s parents accidentally leave him at home when the family takes a Christmas vacation, he’s gotten his wish. But having free reign of the house isn’t what it’s cracked up to be when two burglars set out to rob the house. With elaborate traps and witty lines, don’t miss watching "Home Alone" this holiday season. And while you’re at it, check out its sequels as well.

5. "Die Hard"

If you’re not in the mood for one of the typical holiday movies, follow the action as New York police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) tries to stop one of film’s most infamous villains, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). The movie isn’t necessarily about Christmas, but it is set on Christmas Eve and has enough holiday undertones to make it a perfect movie to watch this season.

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