The Best Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

The Best Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
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So, it’s November 1st, which means Halloween is officially over.

For some people, this simply means it’s time to take down the Halloween decorations, prepare for Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), and buy some candy that is now 50% off.

For others, it’s officially the appropriate time to start celebrating the holiday season.

If you think it’s way too early to be in the holiday spirit, that’s perfectly fine. However, if you’re not one of those people, here are Christmas movies to get you in the holiday spirit and to kick off the season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I’ve included holiday-themed tv show episodes to get you in the holiday spirit as well!

Christmas Movies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit:

1. A Christmas Story

This one is a classic. For my family, it's even a tradition to watch A Christmas Story on Christmas day. You simply can't have a Christmas movie bucket list without this film.

2. The Polar Express

Enjoy some hot chocolate and listen closely for the jingle of sleigh bells.

3. Home Alone

Self explanatory, really. This film is a classic.

4. The Santa Clause

In a series of three movies, nothing beats the original. In this movie, Scott Calvin, Tim Allen, is faced with not only the challenge of being a recently divorced father, he must also take on the responsibilities of Father Christmas.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a cult classic film and takes on two holidays in its premise; even when the Halloween season ends, the film can be watched right up to Christmas!

6. Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You’re never too old for cartoons, and this one tugs right on the 2-sizes-too-small heartstrings.

However, if cartoons aren’t really your thing, there’s always the live action version with Jim Carey.

7. Elf

What would a list of Christmas movies be without the inclusion of Elf? Hilarious, heartwarming, and perfect for the holidays.

8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Pour some eggnog and join the Griswolds for your Christmas vacation.

9. Disney’s A Christmas Carol

The recent animation remains faithful to the plot of the original story - a Christmas classic.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Every Christmas tree is a good Christmas tree, as long as there’s a little bit of love.

11. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was one of my absolute favorites as a kid, and remains to be one of my favorites to this day. You can’t go wrong with this timeless film.

12. It’s A Wonderful Life

If you’re looking for an older style film, this 1940s Christmas classic, fantasy comedy-drama is for you.

13. Love Actually

Personally, as of now, I haven’t seen Love Actually. However, those who have seen the film absolutely love it, and therefore I felt I must include it in this list!

14. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

You can never have too many Home Alone’s.

15. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Watch the origin story of Chris Cringle in this animated film, and how Santa Claus came to be.


If You Don’t Celebrate Christmas:

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Fall and Thanksgiving-food filled. Perfect for November!

2. Even Stevens: “Heck of A Hanukkah"

Relive your childhood through this holiday-themed episode of a Disney Channel original!

3. Friends: “The One with the Football”/”The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks”

Friends and the holidays, what could be better?

4. The Office: “Dinner Party”

Okay, so it’s not a Thanksgiving episode. But, it does revolve around eating a big dinner - and an awkward one at that. Fans of The Office have no greater insight to the toxicity of Michael and Jan’s relationship than in this episode.

5. Modern Family: “Three Turkeys"

Modern Family involves awkward hilarity on the norm; the holiday season only makes it better!

6. South Park: “Black Friday”

Because there’s no greater irony than spending a day of giving thanks, only to be followed by the hectic day of sales that is Black Friday.

7. Friends: “The Holiday Armadillo”

Ross tries to instill the importance of Hanukkah in his son, Ben; though his method of dressing up as the lovable “Holiday Armadillo” may not be the best method.

8. The Prince Of Egypt

If you’re more religious, this animated Disney movie explores the story of Moses and his realization as the prophet to lead members of the Jewish community out of slavery in Egypt.

This concludes the list of holiday movies (and t.v. shows) to get you in the spirit of the season! Enjoy!

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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The Absolute Struggles Of Going Back To Your Campus Job After A Summer Sleeping In

Balancing a job and school after relaxing during the summer can be hard.

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Sometimes, the worst part about summer break ending isn't because of having to go back to college. While most of my friends were busy working over the summer, I was lucky enough to enjoy summer break off my normal job tutoring at my college campus. Most people I know would ask me what it's like to transition from not having a summer job to having to work over the school year.

It's hard. I mean, there are both good and bad things about going from not working over the summer to working during the school year. For one thing, when you go the entire summer without working, it can be a huge chore to suddenly have to work again. You live on a schedule before the summer when you are working. But as soon as you stop working for the summer, you get off the schedule.

You get off the schedule for planning how many hours to work, figuring out when to set your alarm and other things. When your alarm first goes off in the morning, it's a huge struggle to get up after a whole summer of sleeping in. You find yourself constantly fighting the urge not to throw your alarm out your bedroom window. And coffee becomes the only beverage you drink.

What makes it even harder is that having a job while going to college forces you to figure out how to juggle your classes with working. You have to plan out time to do your homework and how many hours to work during the school year. It can definitely be overwhelming and stressful at first when you go back to work

Also, you find that you have less time to work on any hobbies that you worked on during the summer. For example, during the summer I would play piano, read and write whenever I had the time. In the summer I had plenty of time to work on my hobbies, but now I'm lucky when I get to read something that isn't a scholarly article!

On the plus side, after not having any money for the whole summer, you finally get paychecks that help you pay off any expenses you had over the summer! In addition, if you enjoy your job and workplace, you find that you've missed working over the summer.

I love tutoring students! I am majoring in middle childhood education, and tutoring is similar to teaching. I love helping students understand math, and I found that I really missed working over the summer!

Another good thing about working is that it's harder to get bored now that you find yourself always busy. In the summer, you start to run out of things to do, especially if you didn't have that many vacations to go on over the summer. However, when you are able to start working again, you find yourself so busy that you have a hard time not having something to do over the school year.

If you're a tutor, you also tend to forget most of the information you used for tutoring. If you're tutoring a specific class, for example, you have to go over all of the notes you had or information for that class so that you can tutor students successfully. It's even harder if you're a math tutor since math is one of the easiest things to forget over the summer since it requires a lot of practice. Which means that as soon as you start working, it's time to spend at least an hour reviewing all of the notes before starting your job!

Even though going back to work over the school year after a summer of relaxing can be stressful, it can also have its benefits. It's definitely a huge transition just as going back to college from summer break can be. However, once you start to get used to working again during the school year, you find yourself glad to be back at your job again.

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