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Updated: January 21, 2013 2:07PM



Light the fireplace, pour a glass of eggnog and cozy up with these 20 holiday movie favorites, handpicked for your viewing pleasure by members of the SouthtownStar staff.

‘Scrooged’

A cynical TV executive gets haunted by three spirits on Christmas Eve. (1988)

Casey Toner, reporter

‘Home for the Holidays’

A woman who is spending the holiday with her family tries to survive their crazy antics. (1995)

Jennifer Frencl, page designer

‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

Martians kidnap Santa because there’s nobody on Mars to give children presents. (1964)

Tony Baranek, sports writer

‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas turn disastrous. (1989)

Joe Biesk, editor

‘The Hebrew Hammer’

A Jewish hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa’s evil son. (2003)

Matt Marton, photographer

‘Christmas in Connecticut’

A woman lies about being the perfect housewife and must cover her deception during a Christmas gathering. (1945)

Paula Carlson, metro editor

‘Bad Santa’

A conman posing as Santa to rob department stores on Christmas Eve befriends a troubled kid. (2003)

John O’Brien, managing editor

‘The Bishop’s Wife’

An angel appears to a bishop who is trying to get a new cathedral built. (1947)

Susan DeMar Lafferty, reporter

‘Going My Way’

After joining a financially failing parish, a young priest connects with his aging, conventional superior. (1944)

Fran Fishman, paginator

‘A Christmas Carol’

An old miser is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. (1938)

Pat Disabato, sports writer

‘Holiday Inn’

At an inn which only is open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful performer. (1942)

Bill Padjen, production editor

‘We’re No Angels’

Three criminals hide in the home of a merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises. (1955)

Jeannie Kadner, office manager

‘The Lemon Drop Kid’

When a man accidentally steers a girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the girl’s angry gangster boyfriend. (1951)

Steve Metsch, reporter

‘The Juggler of Notre Dame’

A heartbroken juggler finds peace after performing before a statue of the Virgin Mary. (1982)

Phil Kadner, columnist

‘White Christmas’

A song-and-dance team join up with a sister act to help save a failing Vermont inn. (1954)

Phil Arvia, sports editor

‘The Cheaters’

A wealthy family facing bankruptcy schemes to steal an inheritance, but an ex-actor they take in complicates their plan. (1945)

Donna Vickroy, columnist

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

An angel shows a businessman what life would have been like had he never existed. (1946)

Mike Deacon, metro editor

‘Die Hard’

A cop tries to save his wife and several others who are taken hostage by terrorists during a Christmas party. (1988)

Jason Freeman, Neighborhood Star editor

‘Love, Actually’

Eight English couples deal with their love lives during Christmastime in several interrelated tales. (2003)

Gina Wozniak, advertising client service representative

‘Come to the Stable’

Two nuns from a French convent come to a small New England town to build a children’s hospital. (1949)

Gwen Overman, account executive

What are your favorite holiday movies?

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