What makes a movie a Christmas movie?

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Each year, traditions that help them get into the Christmas spirit. From holiday season to shopping to gift giving, there are myriad ways to celebrate the season.

For me, my tradition has always involved my love of films and cinema. Every year I try to watch at least one vacation movie. However, this year I wondered what exactly defines a Christmas movie.

I have seen a lot of classics, in some cases dozens of times. While watching Ralphie get his Red Ryder BB pistol is always a Christmas treat, part of me wants to try something different this year.

What can it be, I haven’t decided yet.

Just like my quest to watch the best movies ever made, I also want to watch some of the best Christmas movies that have ever been made.

As I research these movies, I constantly wonder what exactly makes a Christmas movie. I’ve had these debates over the years, especially over whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not. The answer is unequivocally yes, in my opinion, but why? Another common debate I hear is whether “Home Alone” is a Christmas movie.

Is a holiday move just because it mentions Christmas? Is it about presenting a story that takes place during the Christmas season? Is it something completely different?

In my search for a good Christmas movie, I found myself searching for a list of 65 of the best Christmas movies of all time on the Rotten Tomatoes rating site. The list included the usual suspect: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf” and others, but it also included others that left me perplexed.

The highest rated of these films is A nightmare before Christmas, ” which was placed fifth on the list. While I understand the theme, I still feel like it’s more of a Halloween movie than anything else. The top 30 also includes “Edward Scissorhands” and “Gremlins”, who barely have the same kind of Christmas spirit as some of the others.

I guess at the end of the day, the answer to the question is in the eye of the beholder.

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