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There is nothing like a holiday movie to put you in a good mood, and lift your spirits. We all have our favorites that we watch year after year. Ever wonder how your favorite compares to everyone else’s? The list is out of the most-rewatched holiday classics.

Why do some holiday movies become classics?

This list is based on a poll by Yahoo and YouGov, and they came up with the top 10. In talking about the poll, Pamela Rutledge, the director of the independent Media Psychology Research Center, talks about why some holiday films are so loved. She says that first and foremost, they make us feel something. She told Yahoo Entertainment that they let us tap into our emotions. So whether you’re laughing, crying, or even just going “awwww,” it allows you to experience emotions that are associated with the power of connection, compassion and empathy.

Rutledge also says that holiday movies trigger nostalgia for “the good old days,” by tapping into tradition. Why? she says that, “The human brain is funny. It tends to remember happy events with a bit of fairy dust, amplifying the glow and heightening our enjoyment of positive memories. [The holiday favorites] become annual rituals, signifying the holiday season as much as Christmas carols playing at the mall.”

Why do we re-watch the holiday classics?

It’s pretty simple. We watched it, we loved it, it made us feel good, and we want to do it again. I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of re-watching shows and movies. Some of these movies and shows become comforting to us, and can be self-care. Why wouldn’t we want to feel better? Lately it feels like life is very heavy and we could all use a break. The holidays couldn’t come at a better time.

Here are the top 10 most-rewatched holiday classics.

  • #10 - Die Hard

    There’s always a fight over whether or not this is a holiday movie or not. I would say no, but what do you think?

  • #9 - Miracle on 34th Street

    This classic came out in 1947 and is about an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle who fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. 

  • #8 - The Santa Clause

    I should be ashamed that I’ve never seen this, but it must be good because it has a 2 and a 3.

  • #7 - It's a Wonderful Life

    This 1946 movie is about an angel sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

  • #6 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    One of Melissa’s holiday favorite. She says that Clark W. Griswold will have you checking each and every bulb on your Christmas lights until the end of time.

  • #5 - Elf

    This one is up higher for me personally, and every year has me screaming, “Santa, I know him!”

  • #4 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Oh Rudolph. How can we not love the movie that introduced us to the Island of Misfit Toys and Yukon Cornelius.

  • $3 - A Charlie Brown Christmas

    This dance scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas is enough to make you watch year after year. Love it!

  • #2 - A Christmas Story

    Guess there’s a reason that networks have marathons and run this movie around the clock. You can just jump in and out whenever you want.

  • #1 - Home Alone

    The movie that launched Macaulay Culkin into stardom. He stars as Kevin who gets left at home by his family going on a Christmas vacation, and has to protect the family home from burglars. 

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