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Every new December is a chance to dust off old copies of holiday classics and bask in the warm glow of nostalgia and yuletide cheer, preferably with a warm drink in hand and cozy slippers on feet. The list of go-to Christmas films is ever-growing, from familiar classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life to more recent fare such as Elf or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.
However, repeated viewings may leave once-beloved films feeling as stale as leftover gingerbread cookies, not to mention the familiar themes, settings and tropes shared by so many "quintessential" holiday films. For those looking for a little kick in their red satin pants, here's a list of films that are "not quite" Christmas movies, but should become standard viewing every year when the nights grow longer, the air gets chillier and Saint Nick is a little too busy prepping his sleigh to keep a stalwart eye on who's been bad or good.
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