12 Christmas movies and shows to watch in 2021 (and 5 to skip)

ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL
ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL /
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Skip: A Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish

For the whole family? This can work for some teenagers, but it’s not the best movie for younger children.

What it’s about: This is one of those Christmas movies and shows that sits within a franchise. You likely fell in love with A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. There was a lot to love about that.

A Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish tries to capture the magic of the first movie. This time, it’s all set at Christmas, and this movie has a young woman who dreams of being a singer. Of course, her stepmother and two stepsisters make it almost impossible for her to achieve that dream. That could all change when she meets a new Santa at her workplace.

Why you should skip it: If you want to watch a modern-day Cinderella story, you’ll want to turn to Amazon Prime Video. The new movie is perfect with a great message that involves not sacrificing dreams for the sake of love.

Look, love is good. What you shouldn’t have to do is sacrifice a dream you’ve wanted for your whole life. That shouldn’t even be a discussion. And yet, it becomes a discussion a lot in rom-coms. Love takes over, and it really isn’t sending a great message to young girls (or anyone for that matter).

You’ve seen this story more times than not. There are better versions out there.