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Films contribute to cherished holiday traditions

Tradition plays a pivotal role during the holiday season. While each family has its own unique holiday traditions, certain traditions are embraced and shared by families far and wide.

The tradition of watching holiday films together as a family is one custom that has endured for generations. Grandparents may have their favourite films, while moms and dads no doubt have their own must-see holiday movies as well. And no holiday film session is complete without including at least one movie that celebrates the magical impact that this time of year can have on youngsters.

"The Polar Express" (2004)
Children love this tale of a young boy who lives out many kids' holiday fantasies by embarking on a magical, unpredictable journey to the North Pole. Along the way, the boy becomes a true believer in the spirit of Christmas when he picks up a loose sleigh bell that falls off of Santa's sleigh. Santa ultimately entrusts the bell to the boy, referring to the bell as "the first gift of Christmas."

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
A holiday favourite among a slightly older crowd, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" continues the tale of lovable family man Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase). Clark is determined to provide a traditional family Christmas for his wife, children and their large extended family, only to have his dream holiday derailed by a stingy boss.

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
Grandparents are no doubt very familiar with this beloved holiday classic, which tells the tale of frustrated businessman George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart). Contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve, George is saved when his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), intervenes and shows him what life would have been like for George's loved ones had he never been born.

– Metro Creative

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