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The Best Christmas Movies

For your viewing pleasures.

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If Freeform's 25 days of Christmas isn't doing it for you (or you're a college student without a TV like myself), here are some great Christmas movie options you can watch cuddle up in your dorm room or at home over break with your family.

1. The Santa Clause

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2. The Santa Clause 2

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Home Alone 

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Home Alone 2

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A Christmas Story 

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Elf 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 

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Love Actually 

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The Polar Express

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

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Frosty the Snowman

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A Christmas Carol

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The regular and Muppets version.

Christmas With the Kranks

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A Christmas Prince 

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A Christmas Prince 2

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New to Netflix!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 

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Ruldolph's Shiny New Year

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Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys

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The Year Without a Santa Claus

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12  Celebrities That Are Giving Back To Those In Need And Making A Difference With Their Fame

You can do a lot when you’re in the spotlight.

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The glitz and glam come with a pretty sufficient check that anyone celebrity could donate. Although, continuously supporting and standing by a cause throughout a career makes a pretty big impact, especially from someone of celebrity status.

Around the world, there are many different causes that are being founded and supported by celebrities through donations, portions of sales, and help from a rather large fanbase.

From Oprah Winfrey to Rihanna, these celebs stand by their causes and work towards a better tomorrow.

1. John Legend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATQZVOWOCKk

In 2007, singer and songwriter John Legend founded the Show Me Campaign. This organization works to help children receive a quality education and alleviate the severity of poverty. Legend continues to ask his fans to donate to help his mission to reach out through his nonprofit.

2. Rihanna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJ8b3UkVGg

Miss Fenty established the Believe Foundation in 2006. The organization works to provide medical, financial, and emotional support to children who are suffering from critical illnesses. She also works as an ambassador for UNICEF and helps bring clean water to communities around the world that are without drinking water.

3. Miley Cyrus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syx98bSn10Q

Miley Cyrus doesn't just have a beautiful voice and a blonde wig under her bed, but she is also known for founding her non-profit organization: Happy Hippie Foundation. The organization works to help at-risk populations, such as homeless youth and LGBTQ+ teenagers by providing them with necessary resources.

4. Chaka Khan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAVm2bWulLc

Chaka Khan uses her powerful voice to spread awareness and kindness through her non-profit organization: Chaka Khan Foundation. This organization provides resources for educational and professional development to children, teenagers, and young adults. She also is an advocate for autism awareness through the Chaka Supports Autism Initiative.

5. Elton John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5yIasCH5QE

Singer-songwriter Elton John founded Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides aid for victims of sexual abuse in South Africa and has also raised over $220 million towards AIDS/HIV research.

6. Michael J. Fox

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-j-fox-working-towards-cure-for-parkinsons-one-of-the-great-gifts-of-my-life/

Michael J. Fox has dedicated his life to awareness and funding for Parkinson’s disease research. Through his organization, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, he has been able to raise more than $700 million towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through research.

7. Tyra Banks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaVYKEtknBo

The TZONE Foundation, founded by supermodel Tyra Banks, works to help young girls in inner-city communities to build self-esteem, battle poverty, and discuss positive and healthy body image.

8. LeBron James

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hECYKBcjyug

Last year, basketball superstar LeBron James opened up Promise School in Akron, Ohio. He desires for the children to finish school, be curious, ask questions, respect others, and live a healthy life. James admitted that he missed school when he, himself, was an elementary student in Akron and wants to help children in his place finish school and become successful leaders.

9. Oprah Winfrey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DlrqeWrczs&feature=youtu.be

Oprah Winfrey has given back to the community and has used her voice for awareness since the beginning of her career. Oprah's Angel Network has given millions of dollars in scholarships for young adults who are pursuing higher education. She has also opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa, that provides quality education to students in nine charter schools throughout the country.

10. Ashton Kutcher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXwKGZHmDc

Ashton Kutcher founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, a non-profit organization that is targeted towards saving children from sex trafficking rings. The Stop Sextortion campaign also works to provide awareness for abuse and exploitation.

11. Angelina Jolie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7x6zfbIIE

Angelina Jolie launched the Jolie-Pitt Foundation with her former husband, Brad Pitt, which helps with humanitarian crises around the world and partner with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. When her twins were born, she allowed the press to take photos of them, as long as the proceeds went towards her organization. The first photos of the twins were sold for approximately $14 million dollars with all of it going to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

12. Bill Gates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvRM4fHKTQI

Microsoft mogul Bill Gates and his wife founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to provide quality healthcare, support those in pursuits of higher education, and alleviate poverty, among other humanitarian actions. It is recognized as the largest private foundation in the world, as over $28 billion has been donated by Bill Gates, himself.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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