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The best Christmas movies according to the RUSSH editors


'Tis the season to get cozy (despite the heat) and get amongst your favourite Christmas watches for the season. You may have a heavy rotation of traditional classics, as part of your Christmas spirit ritual, or perhaps you're looking to broaden your horizons and finally see what all the cult fuss is about. Either way, we're rounding up our favourite Christmas movies of all time, below.


The Holiday (2006)


















For the RUSSH team, The Holiday is out #1 ranking Christmas movie. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black make this romantic comedy as memorable as they get. When two women from different countries decide to do a holiday house-swap, they are tasked with navigating life on the other side of the world, and the men that come with each scenario.


The Family Stone (2005)


















The most awkward classic of all. An uptight woman heads home with her fiancée's families house over the holidays, and is tasked with navigating varying family dynamics without letting her relationship suffer. Wholesome, uncomfortable fun.


Harry Potter (2001)


















A childhood classic like none other. While HP may not be Christmas-themed, it absolutely falls into the territory of such. Cosy fires and group banquets in

A fairytale castle filled with wizards? Deck the halls! Our advice would be to stream for free, if you're picking up what we're putting down, to avoid supporting J.K Rowling and her transphobic ways.


Love Actually (2003)


















We doubt this one needs much explaining. One of the most classic and undeniably joyful films on the Christmas roster, Love Actually follows multiple families who are linked in various ways during the Holiday season. Pure and simple.


Home Alone (1990)


















All the nostalgic fun. Young Kevin is somehow accidentally left at home as his entire family journey's to France for the holidays. While the eight-year-old is initially stoked to be left in charge, things begin to go horribly wrong when an attempted burglary occurs. Poor Kevin.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

















The sequel to Home Alone takes place in New York, where Kevin has somehow boarded a plane to while the rest of the family heads to Miami. As we witness the second time this child is alarmingly forgotten about, Kevin runs into his old nemesis' - the burglars from the first film, and things get dicey.


National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)

















A disastrous classic. Clark Griswold loves Christmas, and promises his family that it will be a good one until he accidentally makes mistake after mistake, causing a domino effect of disasters.


Happiest Season (2020)

















A queer Christmas film featuring our favourite Hollywood gay, Kristen Stewart, who plays a woman planning to propose to her girlfriend over the Christmas holidays while home with her girlfriends parents, until she discovers her girlfriend hasn't even come out yet.


Carol (2015)

















Another queer Christmas film! This version is every lesbians fantasy with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Therese Belivet works at a department store in Manhattan where she encounters the endearing Carol. Things take an unexpected turn when Therese develops strong feelings for Carol.


The Polar Express (2004)

















A wholesome family film about a young boy who boards a train to the North Pole to meet Santa and has the time of his life with the people he meets along the way. We love to see it.


Die Hard (1988)


















A Christmas movie for those who aren't into Christmas movies. Mostly action, very little festivities, lots of violence, lots of Bruce Willis.


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