10 Christmas Movies To Add To You Binge-Watch List This Year

10 Christmas Movies Spend Your Winter Break Binge-Watching, Because It's Only Christmas Once A Year

These are sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

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Finals are over, grades are entered, and you've headed home for Christmas break. After working so hard for many months, it's hard to know what to do with all of your newfound free time. Here are some great Christmas movies to watch. From classics to comedies to romances, there's something for everyone.

1. "A Christmas Story"

This is one of those movies I would consider a classic. There are so many iconic moments: the leg lamp, the bunny suit, Chinese food for Christmas dinner, and a tongue getting stuck on a frozen pole. "A Christmas Story" is a fun movie to watch with family when you're feeling nostalgic for a simpler time.

2. "The Polar Express"

"The Polar Express" is one of those Christmas movies I grew up watching. For an animated movie, it has really beautiful cinematography and a heartwarming story. It's one of those movies that I can watch as an adult and enjoy just as much as I did many years ago.

3. "While You Were Sleeping"

This Christmas romance is not as in your face holiday as some, which really makes the story shine. Young Sandra Bullock from the '90s is a star in just about everything, but here she's especially lovable. While sugary sweet Hallmark Christmas movies are a lot of fun, this cute festive romance will get you in the spirit in a less cheesy way.

4. "Home Alone"

This Christmas movie gave me the ultimate prank/protecting your house in case con men try to break in and you're home by yourself ideas. I always thought that Kevin's contraptions were brilliant, and watching it now, yup, they still are. This one is good for a laugh and some classic Christmas cheer.

5. "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Peanuts are some of my favorite movies in general, but the Christmas special is one of my favorites. Linus's monologue about the birth of Jesus is such a moving scene that we don't always get to see in Christmas movies. This cute little film is a good reminder of the reason for the season.

6. "Elf"

"Elf" is one of my favorites movies in general. Will Ferrell is hilarious, and blonde Zooey Deschanel is almost unrecognizable. This movie is the epitome of goofy, but it makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it. And the winter wonderland that Buddy creates in his new family's home may or may not have inspired me to do the same in my room at 13.

7. "Love Actually"

This holiday film is one those films that gets more popular as it ages. The silent cue card confession of love has been setting unrealistic expectations for love since 2003. Plus ya know, its Christmas-y and everything.

8. "The Santa Clause"

This Christmas movie is definitely one that'll remind you of your childhood, and even though there are two sequels, nothing beats the original.

9. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (1966)

I'm not talking about the live action one with Jim Carrey, I'm referring to the classic 1966 cartoon. This movie inherently screams Christmas, comfort, and nostalgia. Plus, my little brother was terrified of the Grinch when we were little so it's an excuse to mess with my siblings.

10. "It's A Wonderful Life"

This Christmas movie is definitely a classic. It may have a rather solemn premise but its ending is heartwarming and full of Christmas cheer.

Hopefully, this list will give you some Christmas inspiration and entertainment now that the hectic final season is over!

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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