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I won’t deny it. This year, I’ve had a tough time getting in the holiday spirit. I know it’s still early, but usually I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here—it is, after all, the unofficial kick-off to Christmas, right? But if you read my last blog, then you know the stresses of the season have been weighing on me—and I know I’m not alone. It’s a busy time of the year for just about everyone with all the traveling, working (or studying for finals), holiday shopping and cooking, and more. But I did manage to put up my Christmas tree this weekend—just not all five like in past years. And I did bake a few dozen cookies from scratch and start my holiday shopping (along with the mobs of others on Black Friday…yes, I went shopping on Black Friday). No wonder I’m exhausted!

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But now that the tree is up and the soft lights are glowing in the corner and the manger is displayed on the mantle with the stockings, I’m ready to embrace the season. I’m in, but if you’re not quite there yet, another way to get in the Christmas spirit is to watch favorite holiday movies. I love settling in with a bowl of popcorn, a cozy blanket, and an all-day movie marathon. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, here’s a tried and true list of the movies I turn to—the ones that always make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Let me know your favs! I’d love to add them to my list.

I feel like I’m missing a big one here—anyone?

5. It’s a Wonderful Life

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)

3. Home Alone

2. Elf

1.Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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