TOP 5 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN WITH THE TIMES: Angela's top five Christmas movies

1. Love Actually

I was in my early 20s when this movie came out and I fell head over heels for it. I fell for its proclamation of hope within the first few minutes of the film. The movie declares that love actually is all around. Throughout the course of many different storylines, we learn that love in various forms, raw, unfiltered and not always as we planned or what we expected it to look like, is in fact available to us if we’re willing to see it. Emma Thompson’s acting is remarkable, Hugh Grant isn’t too bad on the eyes and just when the plot thickens there’s a plethora of characters to keep the laughs coming.

2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This is about as classic as it gets for me. As much as I wish I could love White Christmas (and admittedly I tried and fell asleep ), Miracle on 34th Street, or It’s a Wonderful Life, that’s just not who I am. But I do love this film and could watch it on repeat. I think at some point most children underappreciate their parents' enthusiasm for something the way Audrey and Rusty do Clark's affection with Christmas. And let's face it, we all have a Cousin Eddie, or we are Cousin Eddie.

3. The Polar Express

Two words: Tom. Hanks. As always he’s amazing in this movie and adds so much depth to it. I remember the book from grade school and when the movie came out it did not disappoint and still captivates.

4. Elf

It’s the first week of December and I’ve already watched this movie twice. If I’m in a bad mood or just need a laugh, this is a go-to movie. As silly and as juvenile as the movie can be at times, the comedic cast keeps me glued to to the television.

5. Home Alone

I’m pretty sure I can quote as much of this movie as I can the movie Sweet Home Alabama, and that’s saying something. This movie is another Christmas comedy that has turned into a timeless classic. I think we all turn back time and dream about what we might have done in Kevin’s shoes.

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