The Best of the Holiday Video Bunch

When talk turns to the best holiday movies, oldies like Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life get most of the attention. But their animated counterparts with their goofy characters and silly songs can inspire even more holiday cheer. Think you're too old for kids' shows? Well, we dare you to try not to sing along with Heat Miser

or the Grinch as you watch.

So stop doing your Scrooge imitation. Instead, pop in a few of these videos sure to have you helplessly blurting out Christmas greetings to everyone you see in no time.

Start with How the Grinch Stole Christmas and as his two-sizes-too-small heart begins to fill with glad tidings so will you. Featuring the classic song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and all those cute little Whos down in Whoville, Dr. Seuss' Christmas masterpiece is still irresistible after all these years. 

  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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Next, try the wonderfully gloomy

The Nightmare Before Christmas

. The king of creepiness, Tim Burton, put a new twist on holiday-themed movies with this artfully-told tale. It seems that Jack, The Pumpkin King, is tired of celebrating Halloween and decides to give Christmas a try instead. But can a lonely little skeleton find acceptance (and maybe even romance) in snowman's land? You'll just have to watch and see.

Travelling farther back in time, the 1970 TV special

Santa Claus is Coming to Town,

by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass (the same duo responsible for

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

and

Frosty the Snowman

among others), tells the story of Santa from the time he's left as a baby on the doorstep of the toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger. Fortunately, he's rescued by the Kringle elves (Wingle, Dingle, Tingle, Bingle, Kingle and Tante) who raise him and teach him their trade: toymaking. Once he's old enough, Kris Kringle faces down the Winter Warlock to bring toys to the kids of Sombertown. Rankin and Bass's trademark stop-action animation give the story it's charm, and as an added bonus you'll learn Santa secrets like why he wears a red suit, how he knows if you're naughty or nice, and how the reindeer learned to fly. Also, you'll get to see Mrs. Claus back when she was a hottie (who knew?).

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Wendy Lee Nentwig
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