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10 Feel Good Films for a Cold Winter Afternoon

10 Feel Good Films for a Cold Winter AfternoonWith the dark, dreary sky and the freezing wind blowing outside, the last thing you want to do is go out and experience it. Instead, curl up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy some of these classic movies. Rachel Kirsch (pictured) provides her favorites.

1. Harry Potter

Sleep is the key to handling stress. “When we do Are we surprised that “The Boy Who Lived” made the list? Absolutely not. These movies capture friendship, adventure, and the battle of good and evil. What’s not to love?

2. Elf

A lighthearted film for the entire family. It’s bound to make you laugh while getting you into the Christmas spirit. Afterwards, maybe you could follow Buddy the Elf’s advice about “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear,” and enjoy some holiday songs with the family.

3. The Polar Express

A classic Christmas movie that reminds everyone of what it’s like to as a child at Christmas, and what it’s like to truly believe. Grab some hot chocolate and sing along for this extra heartwarming movie!

4. Home Alone

Another classic about the holidays and children. Whether you indulge in Home Alone, Home Alone 2, or Home Alone 3, all are guaranteed to be a hit.

5. How the Grinch
Stole Christmas

Jim Carey doesn’t disappoint as a the ever-famous Grinch who attempts to ruin Christmas. All ages are encouraged to settle in and transport themselves to Whoville.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia

While this movie doesn’t focus so much on Christmas, it does focus on adventure. It’s a classic tale of good vs. evil, and good prevailing in the end, once again. Indulging in the books after watching the movie is an added bonus.

7. A Christmas Story

Originally aired in 1983, this Christmas film has become an older one, but don’t let the kids go without it. The storyline encompasses some of the silliness that everyday family life experiences. Who knows, maybe after watching, you might find “Red Ryder BB Gun” on your child’s Christmas list.

8. Love Actually

Love Actually is a movie that seems complex, but each individual story is somehow connected, and can link back to the aspect of love. There are nine stories but it’s really all about love, actually.

9. The Santa Clause

The title gives insight into what this storyline is all about, and you guessed, Santa Claus. Again, whether the family watches the original, the sequel, or the third installment, giggling and feeling the Christmas spirit is bound to occur.

10. You’ve Got Mail

Not so much family oriented, this film is perfect for a date night for mom and dad. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan steal viewer’s hearts and gives some much needed recognition to the literature world. If this movie pulls on your heartstrings, a double feature might be needed with the showing of Sleepless in Seattle afterwards.

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