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Fred Claus

Fred Claus is Santa’s bigger, less benevolent brother. Played by Vince Vaughn, Fred has felt inferior to his little, gentler, jollier brother since Mother Claus (Kathy Bates) named him Nicholas Claus. Nick Paul Giamatti) adores his big brother and always gives him the benefit of the doubt…

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In fact, it is precisely this trait that leads Nicholas to trouble at the North Pole and threatens to shut down the yearly Christmas Eve toy delivery operation forever.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton is one of the few movies that have combined holiday themes. The visuals recall Halloween fun with a skeleton, cobwebs, and dark, ghoulish props, but the quirky characters deliver a Christmas message that makes this one of the most unique Christmas films on our list.

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Jack, the King of Halloween, wanders into the land of Christmas and finds it wildly intriguing. He decides it’s time for Halloween Land to do Christmas. He then gathers everyone in the Land and puts them to work to make a Halloween-style Christmas for the world. He orders Santa Claus to be kidnapped but claims he will handle the gift-giving to give Santa a much-needed break.From here, the plan gets more and more out of control. Children all over the world receive ghastly “gifts,” the miscreants who kidnap Santa hand him over to a deadly fiend, and when Jack finally decides to fix all the havoc he has created…it may be too late.

The Santa Clause

In The Santa Clause Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is divorced father who works as an advertising executive. He has a young son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd). This movie was so popular that it inspired more than one sequel. The original and the sequels have been tremendous holiday crowd pleasers:

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  • The Santa Clause: (shown above) At their home on Christmas Eve, Santa accidentally falls from the roof and is knocked unconscious. When Scott and Charlie complete Santa’s deliveries, they travel to the North Pole. There, Scott is told that he must become the new Santa, otherwise known as Father Christmas, and convince his loved ones that he is the real thing.
  • The Santa Clause 2: Scott Calvin is declared the best Claus in history. He has a son on the naughty list, a job as Santa that keeps getting more and more complicated, and a non-existent. When push comes to shove, Scott is forced to either find a suitable wife or give up his new position as Santa Claus.
  • Santa Claus 3: the North Pole and its holiday operation is threatened by the villainous Jack Frost (Martin Short) who plans to take over Christmas.
  • The Santa Clause 4: It has been rumored that there may be a Santa Clause 4 and even 5. However, these rumors have been ongoing since 2008.

This extremely funny, touching Santa Claus movie is a perfect family film to watch during the holidays. There’s nothing like a good Santa Claus movie to get children, adults, and couples into the holiday spirit.

The Santa Clause 2

In The Santa Clause 2, Scott Calvin has an unmanageable situation. His job as Santa is getting increasingly more difficult and hectic. His son is on the naughty list. He has no time (or charisma) for dating; yet, Scott realizes that he will have to find a suitable wife or lose his job as Santa.

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Need a recap? In The Santa Clause movie the original, Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) is the divorced father of a young child. Scott works in advertising. On Christmas Eve, Santa falls off Scott’s roof and is knocked unconscious. Scott completes the night’s toy delivery with his son, but when they return to the North Pole, they learn that Scott is expected to become the new Santa.

UK Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol the movie was released in the UK in 1951 starring Alastair Sim,  Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, and others. There was at least one earlier version made in 1938. (Many more recent versions have been made including Christmas Carol 2009 with Scrooge as Jim Carrey.)

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The film was titled Scrooge starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. Iin the UK and became an instant hit. In the US, the movie was re-released and titled A Christmas Carol. Its premier was intended to take place at the New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, but it was determined that the film was too gloomy, so it opened at the Guild Theatre instead in November, 1951. It received mixed reviews and generally was not a great box office success.

The movie nevertheless became a yearly Christmas Eve tradition by the 1960s due to the New York local station WCBS-TV Channel 2. The film was shown in two or three times back to back during the late night hours of Christmas Eve. Finally, in the 1970’s the movie became popular in the US when it was shown on local PBS and NET stations.

US Christmas Carol 2009

Christmas Carol 2009 stars Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Steve Valentine in a new version of Dickens’ classic story. This rendition of A Christmas Carol displays the remarkable 3D special effects that Robert Zemeckis used in Polar Express.  Plus, Carrey makes the self-centered Scrooge more unforgettable than ever.

Christmas Carol Jim Carrey

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As in other versions of the classic story, Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich, miserly businessman is visited by a dead colleague’s ghost. The spirit takes Scrooge to observe events in the past, present, and future. These scenes show Scrooge the extent that his own conflicts and choices harm people around him. Definitely a movie on the list of Christmas movies and favorites.