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The 5 Best Christmas Movies about Spending Love, Not Money

I think it’s working. I think things are beginning to shift. I think people are actually spending less this Christmas. I think we’re actually going to save the spirit of the holidays 🙂

What makes me so confident, you ask?

1) More and more people are sharing my #SpendLoveNotMoney animated video (THANK YOU) and

2) I got an email from a reader who said she sent the #SpendLoveNotMoney video to her entire family. And they’re on board. Less gifts, less money, more love.

If that’s not a true commitment to the spirit of the season, I don’t know what is.

So in honor of spending less to spread more joy, I wanted to share with you my favorite lessons from (in my opinion) the 5 best Christmas movies of all time.

Maybe this is just an excuse to list all of my favorite Christmas movies in one blog post. Maybe. Or maybe you’re about to be hit with the best lessons about Spending Love, Not Money 🙂

1. Elf

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.”

If there’s one thing Buddy the Elf has taught us, it’s to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. This includes candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. He’s also all about spreading the Christmas cheer through smiles and singing.

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2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

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Okay, the Grinch is the worst. This guy stole an entire town’s-worth of presents and then waited for everyone to start crying. But guess what, Grinch? It didn’t matter. None of those presents mattered an ounce, because Christmas is so much more than the presents. It’s about family, love and all-you-can-eat roast beast.

3. Charlie Brown Christmas

Poor Charlie Brown. He just can’t do anything right. In his quest to find peace during the holidays and escape the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown let’s out a cry of despair,

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!”

To which Linus delivers his beautiful speech about the meaning of Christmas 🙂

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (foul language and all)

No one gets any more vulgar and real than Clark Griswold. The man’s Christmas tree burned down. He was given a crappy jelly-of-the-month club membership as his annual Christmas bonus. And yet, he manages to rally his family around the true spirit of the holidays…kind of.

“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f*cking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!”

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5. Home Alone

Somehow Macaulay Culkin survives off mac-and-cheese and convenience store food for a week while he’s home alone. But even more impressive and eye-watering than his food frugality is his request to Santa for the gift that would matter most: his family.

“This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And in a few years time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?”

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A nice reminder of what really matters during the holidays 🙂

So those are my top Christmas movies to get me in the caring, loving Christmas mood. What are your favorite Christmas movies that give you the warm-and-fuzzies this time of year?

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