"White Christmas." "A Christmas Story." "Elf."
We know these movies well. We dust off those old DVD cases once we head home for the holidays, gather around the TV, and bathe ourselves in pure Christmas nostalgia, harkening back to a time when reindeer flew, elves made everything under the tree, and Santa was most definitely on his way.
But what about when you need a change of pace? Circa's got you covered. Here are five movies to watch this holiday season if you're looking for something a little... different.
Many are familiar with the classic tale. But for the uninitiated, it's not a particularly wonderful life for Kevin McCallister, whose parents leave him, you guessed it, home alone for the holidays.
In what is every 11-year-old boy's fantasy, Kevin takes on two utterly inept burglars using a serious of not-so-elaborate homemade traps.
You might be hyper familiar with the story, but there's also a chance you're neglecting this classic this December.
WATCH | The trailer for "Home Alone"
Meet Me in St. Louis
Yes, Judy Garland was in other movies besides "The Wizard of Oz." If you're looking to keep things classic, then this is a solid option. This film tells the story of four sisters who, in the run up to the 1904 World's Fair, learn life lessons in life and love.
More importantly, Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and it's absolutely devastating. You will have to grab your nearest loved one, reflect on your poor life choices, and beg for forgiveness.
WATCH | The trailer for "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Looking for something violent? But don't want to get into a shouting match with your cousins about whether or not "Die Hard" is really a Christmas movie? Try "Lethal Weapon."
Sure, it's going to be even harder defending this selection to those watching with you, but it's also violent, was made in the late '80s, and stars bygone Hollywood action heroes.
WATCH | The trailer for "Lethal Weapon" trailer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Ah, when Chevy Chase was best known as Clark Griswold, and not as a part of some study group on a cult classic TV show.
In the '80s, there was no vacation like a Griswold vacation. In this Christmas classic, Chase is forced to try and reckon with his own family, obnoxious guests, and a whole lotta bad luck.
WATCH | The trailer for "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
This one is for all of you who only think of Bill Murray as the guy from "Ghostbusters," or as that dude who pops up at random bars and pours everyone shots.
Murray plays a young television executive named Frank Cross, who is, you guessed it, a bit of jerk. That's where, just like the title suggests, the ghosts of Christmas come in, and things get downright kooky.
Like, Carol Kane hitting Bill Murray in the head with a speaker kooky.
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