There is a hierarchy of canonical Christmas movies.
On top, you have those that you could’ve watched with your parents and even grandparents, and may watch with your children and eventual grandchildren, like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” — classic Christmas films that deliver the warm fuzzies across the decades. Then there are the standard Christmas-themed rom-coms with A-list stars like Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker or Kate Winslet (see: “Four Christmases,” “Love Actually,” “This Christmas,” “The Family Stone”), which are usually pretty decent, or at least good enough to play on in the background while wrapping presents. And there are the Christmas comedies — "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," "Elf," "The Santa Clause," "Scrooged" — that tickle the funny bone without being too inappropriate (looking at you, "Bad Santa") to have on with kids around.
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