We watch them to laugh. We watch them to cry. We watch them so we can feel that gingerbread feeling. But mostly, we watch them over and over and over again. Holiday movies tend to make deep impressions on us. Maybe it’s because we associate them with the best parts of a special time of year. Or perhaps it’s because they’re something everyone in the family can watch in lieu of choking each other out in front of the mashed potatoes. There are scores of big-screen gems set during the end-of-the-year holidays. So the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to know: What is the Best Holiday Film? 

Host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Bob Erlenback, Joelle Boedecker, and Michael Schwarz debate the best films set around the end-of-the-year holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) that people return to year after year.

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The Round 1 match-ups are:

Match-Up 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation vs. Miracle on 34th Street

Match-Up 2: Home Alone vs. Die Hard

Match-Up 3: The Nightmare Before Christmas vs. White Christmas

Match-Up 4: Home Alone 2 vs. Pieces of April

Match-Up 5: The Family Stone vs. Love, Actually

Match-Up 6: A Christmas Story vs. The Santa Clause

Match-Up 7: Scrooged vs. Elf

Match-Up 8: Gremlins vs. It’s a Wonderful Life

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Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best Holiday TV Special

Best Holiday Episode of a TV Series

Best Tim Burton Film

Also make sure to check out our Visual Puzzle featuring iconic Movie Santas!

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Bob Erlenback, Joelle BoedeckerMichael Schwarz

Producer: Mike Rapin

Editor: Jeffery Perry

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