24 Classic Christmas Movies Paired With the Perfect Holiday Dish

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When the weather outside is frightful, there's no better way to spend the evening than snuggled up on the couch with a festive movie and a tasty meal. So take advantage of what might be your last chance to sit back and relax before the holidays with one of these classic Christmas comedies and a dish inspired by the film.

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Classic Christmas Movies Frosty the Snowman
Classic Media
'Frosty the Snowman'

Cozy up by the fire and watch a snow man come to life after a magical hat is placed on Frosty's head. Pair the movie with Snowman Spoons for a truly festive experience.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Nutcracker
Warner Bros
'The Nutcracker'

Young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy comes to life and brings her to a magical doll kingdom, only after defeating the evil Mouse King. It only seems fitting to nibble on some Mouse King Fudge during this holiday classic.

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Classic Christmas Movies Bad Santa
Dimension Films
'Bad Santa'

You're bound to land on the naughty list if you sip on Christmas Cosmos and watching Willie Stokes pose as Santa this season — but that doesn't necessarily sound like a bad thing when you put it that way.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Nightmare Before Christmas
Disney Enterprises
'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

After stumbling thought a portal to Christmas Town, King of Halloween Town Jack Skellington tries to take over Christmas by capturing Santa. Watch the events unfold while enjoying some spooky "toe" pigs in a blanket served with "blood" ketchup, a.k.a. Severed Toes in Bandages.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Holiday
Columbia Pictures
'The Holiday'

This movie span from California to London, but there's nothing quite like a comfort dish from the U.S.A., like a Blue Cheese, Bacon and Balsamic Onion Burger, to satisfy you while witnessing long-distance relationships form during the holiday season.

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Classic Christmas Movies A Family Affair
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'The Family Stone'

This movie is all about trying to please a significant other's family, which Sarah Jessica Parker's character tries to do with a strata dish. Surprise your taste buds by having breakfast for dinner with a similar recipe as was in the movie, Christmas Morning Italian Strata.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Polar Express
Warner Bros.
'The Polar Express'

This CGI flick just may have the grown-ups in the room believing in Santa Claus, and it'll definitely have them feeling the magic of the Christmas season usually reserved for little kids. So fully indulge your inner child by pairing the feature with ooey, gooey Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Ham.

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Classic Christmas Movies Christmas Is All Around You
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'Love Actually'

The characters' intertwined lives and romantic ups and downs will definitely bring a smile to your face as they eventually figure it all out. Savor Portuguese Shrimp and Sausage Soup as you watch recently jilted Colin Firth and his housekeeper get on the same page in a restaurant that probably serve this dish in.

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Classic Christmas Movies How The Grinch Stole Christmas
RON BATZDORFF/Universal Pictures
'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Channel your inner Who by enjoying a classic American meal, like Herb-Coated Roast Beef with Vegetables and Gravy. The Whos always gather for a roast beef dinner after singing around the Christmas tree and realizing what the holidays are all about — the gift of giving.

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Classic Christmas Movies Elf
New Line Cinema

After reuniting with his long-lost father, Buddy (a human raised by elves on the North Pole) joins his new family for spaghetti dinner, during which he drowns his plate in maple syrup — an elf favorite! Feast on your own family-style version with Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. But do yourself a favor and skip the sweet stuff.

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Classic Christmas Movies Scrooged
Paramount Pictures

Frank Cross, the Scrooge-like character in this modern-day take on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, is a grade-A jerk. But by the end of the film, he's just as lovable as this spicy Jamaican Jerk BBQ Chicken dish, which only takes 5 minutes to prep before it gets popped into the slow cooker.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Santa Clause
Walt Disney Pictures
'The Santa Clause'

After unwittingly taking over the role of Santa, businessman Scott Calvin can't stop himself from eating every sweet in sight, from cheesecake to crème brûlée — all in one meal! He does order a Caesar salad, however, so pay homage to his futile attempt to be healthy with your own Chicken Caesar — but save room for (only one) dessert!

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Classic Christmas Movies A Christmas Story
MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
'A Christmas Story'

After the neighbor's dogs destroy Ralphie's house in search of the Christmas turkey, the family heads to a local Chinese restaurant for Peking duck. Enjoy your own Chinese-food meal with this hot and spicy Szechuan Noodles with Pork — carols not included.

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Classic Christmas Movies National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Warner Bros.
'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

Despite their best efforts, everything goes wrong at the Griswolds' family Christmas, including the turkey. But Clark continues to be full of can-do spirit, so embrace his energy with homemade Meatball Sandwiches. Not only will they satisfy your turkey craving, but they call to mind the meat-loving city of Chicago, where the movie is set.

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Classic Christmas Movies Home Alone
20th Century Fox
'Home Alone'

When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister finds himself home alone for the holidays, he resorts to every kid's favorite dish for dinner: mac 'n' cheese, which he praises while saying grace. We say "amen" to that, with this creamy homemade Macaroni & Cheese that puts Kevin's frozen one to shame.

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Classic Christmas Movies Four Christmases
Warner Bros. Pictures
'Four Christmases'

After their holiday travel plans fall through, Brad and Kate are forced to visit the dysfunctional families of both their divorced parents, making for four Christmases in one day. Get yourself through the hilarious awkwardness of each visit by feasting on Ravioli with Garlic-Herb Oil.

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Classic Christmas Movies Jingle All the Way
20th Century Fox
'Jingle All the Way'

There's nothing like watching a dad do some last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve only to discover the gift of his son's dreams is sold out. And nothing makes for a last-minute dinner solution like these quick-cook Pita Pizzas, which uses ingredients you probably already have in your fridge.

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Classic Christmas Movies Just Friends
New Line Cinema
'Just Friends'

The last thing music exec Chris Brander wants to do is spend the holidays in his hometown. But he has to do exactly that after his pop star companion sets fire to their private jet when she microwaves aluminum foil — wrapped ahi tuna. Get your fish fix with this warm Tuna-Caponata Melt — no fire needed!

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Classic Christmas Movies Fred Claus
Warner Bros. Pictures
'Fred Claus'

While Fred Claus packs up to visit Santa over the holidays — who just happens to be his younger brother — he has a heart-to-heart with a young boy from his building over a glass of milk. Commemorate the scene in a more indulgent way with buttermilk, used in this Stuffed Potatoes with Buttermilk & Bacon.

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Classic Christmas Movies A Christmas Carol
Walt Disney Pictures
'A Christmas Carol'

After his enlightening night with the three Christmas spirits, a gleeful and changed Scrooge is ready to give a deserving family — the Cratchits — a holiday feast. To make it happen, he asked a boy to fetch him the Prize Turkey, the biggest bird one the nearby poultry stores has to offer. He then gifted it to the family anonymously. Prepare your own prized turkey with this Dry-Brined Thyme-Roasted Turkey.

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Classic Christmas Movies Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'

In a classic holiday scene, Rudolph's friends, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius, debate how thick the winter fog is. Yukon says it's as thick as peanut butter while Hermey compares it to pea soup. For those of you who side with Yukon, these Peanut Butter Barbecue Pork Kebabs should hit the spot. More of a pea-soup fan? We got you covered, too, with a recipe for Slow Cooker Smoky Split Pea Soup.

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Classic Christmas Movies Christmas with the Kranks
Columbia Pictures
'Christmas With the Kranks'

Shocking their holiday-obsessed neighborhood, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas to go on a tropical vacation instead. But their beach plans come to halt after their out-of-town daughter comes back home. The Kranks now have to put together a last-minute holiday feast. In their rush to buy food for dinner, wife Nora successfully bribes other shoppers for the last hickory honey ham — only to have it roll into the street where it's crushed by an eight wheeler. Thankfully, this Brown Sugar and Mustard-Glazed Ham version isn't going anywhere.

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Classic Christmas Movies Arthur Christmas
Columbia Pictures
'Arthur Christmas'

In this movie, we meet a new and high-tech Santa named Malcolm, his family, and their team of efficient elves. Together, they deliver presents to every child in the world thanks to advanced equipment and military precision. After they celebrate another successful Christmas, they soon find out a technical error resulted in a present never being delivered. Yes, a child has been forgotten on Christmas. That is, until Malcolm's second son Arthur decides to deliver the gift himself the old-fashioned way — by sleigh and reindeer. In the spirit of keeping it simple, try this standard but delicious Basic Roast Turkey.

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Classic Christmas Movies The Muppet Christmas Carol
Buena Vista Pictures
'The Muppet Christmas Carol'

Playing the Cratchits in an adaption of A Christmas Carol, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog prepare a roast goose as Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present look on from outside the window. Enjoy your own roast goose with this Orange-Rosemary Roast Goose recipe.

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