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7 Movies To Get You In The Christmas Spirit

Reid Nakamura |
December 19, 2014 | 12:46 p.m. PST

Associate Entertainment Editor

You can stream ABC Family's "The Mistle-Tones" on Netflix. (Twitter/@Jennifer7Madrid)
You can stream ABC Family's "The Mistle-Tones" on Netflix. (Twitter/@Jennifer7Madrid)

Christmas is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get in the holiday spirit. Stream one of these movies as you wrap presents, set up a tree or sip a cup of hot chocolate to prepare for the festivities to come:

“Love Actually” (Netflix)

Whether you’re in love or not, “Love Actually” is the Christmas classic that will not be denied. The movie is literally a countdown to Christmas and by the end of its 136 minutes, you’ll be as ready for the holidays as you’ll ever be.

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“The Mistle-Tones” (Netflix, Hulu)

There are dozens of made-for-TV Christmas movies released every year, but ABC Family’s “The Mistle-Tones” is tough to top. Who would’ve guessed Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling going head-to-head in a Christmas-themed singing competition would be such a toe-tapping good time?

“A Very Brady Christmas” (Hulu)

Spending time with family is one of the greatest joys of the holidays, but sometimes it can get overwhelming. Before you lose your mind, stream “A Very Brady Christmas” and be thankful none of your relatives have dropped out of college to become race car drivers. (Come on, Bobby. Who did you think you were kidding?)

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“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (Netflix)

The Muppets have been making a comeback in recent years, giving a whole new generation of children the chance to grow up Kermit and company. As the holidays approach, revisit a Muppet classic.

“Christmas With the Kranks” (Netflix)

If you just aren’t feeling the holidays this year, stream “Christmas With the Kranks” and remind yourself that even though you aren’t in the holiday spirit, everyone else is. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis couldn’t escape the festivities and neither can you. You might as well get on board.

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“Bad Santa” (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

Christmas movies have a tendency to be a little dopey and overly sentimental. “Bad Santa” breaks that mold with robbery, alcoholism and inappropriate sexual behavior. 

“Holiday Scenics” (Hulu)

If traditional movies aren’t your jam, Hulu offers a collection of “Holiday Scenics”: Hours of footage of snow, fireworks and homes decorated more beautifully than your own set to the most inoffensive Christmas music you could imagine.

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