10 Holiday Movies That Will Never Get Old

The holiday season calls for celebration with fictional families, whose antics are way more entertaining than anything in real life. Ranging from classic and modern, to family friendly and a tad raunchy, here's 10 of my favorite holiday films. 

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1. The Best Man Holiday

I could watch this over and over again, and frequently do even when it's not Christmastime. A sequel to the '90s classic The Best Man, this sequel reunites a group of estranged college friends for a yuletide celebration they won't forget, complete with a tribute to New Edition I'll never get tired of watching. Or singing along to. 

2. This Christmas

While Chris Brown is very problematic in real life, I can't even front: one of the best parts of this film is his singing of "This Christmas." The film follows a tight-knit family all back together again for the first time in years with secrets that threaten to unravel everything.  

3. Almost Christmas

New to the holiday movie circuit, this film follows another close family that attempts to get through their first Christmas since the death of their family matriarch. The best parts? Mo'Nique's jokes and the numerous pop-culture references peppered throughout delivered expertly by the film's youth. 

4. Friday After Next

This is definitely not for anyone who can't take a lot of cursing, but it's highly recommended by me if you can. Literally prepare to hold your stomach the entire time. A sequel to the '95 classic Friday, in this film a set of cousins are robbed by Santa Clause on Christmas Eve and face a series of hilarious misadventures as they attempt to get their rent money back. 

5. The Santa Clause

This is one of those holiday classics that never fails to warm my heart. After a divorced dad accidentally causes Santa Clause to fall off the roof on Christmas Eve, he and his young son decide to finish St. Nick's deliveries. But, doing so invokes "the Santa clause," making him the official new Father Christmas. 

6. The Family Stone

Ah! Sarah Jessica Parker in something other than Sex and The City or Hocus Pocus! The movie follows the misadventures of the eccentric Stone family, when the eldest son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the holidays. 

7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Who didn't love Dr. Suess growing up? I know I did! In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for all of the cheery citizens of Whoville. Perfect for anyone not feeling the spirit this season. 

8. The Perfect Holiday

What if a mall Santa really did grant wishes? In this film he does! After a little girl notices that her divorced mother feels especially lonely during the holidays, she asks a department-store Santa Claus, to pay her mom a compliment. But instead Santa, who turns out to be a struggling songwriter, completely ends up falling for her, much to the dismay of her other children. 

9. The Last Holiday

If this was your last holiday on earth, how would you spend it? That's what one woman thinks about, when she finds out she only has a few weeks left to live. She begins to reflect on what she realizes has been an overly cautious life and subsequently quits her retail job, withdraws her savings, and jets off to Europe for the trip of a lifetime. Key takeaway: Quit existing, start living! 

10. A Christmas story

"Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!" Rounding out my list of faves is everyone's favorite Christmas classic. In this beloved holiday movie a young boy spends his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle," in between encounters with his wacky family. 

What are your favorite holiday movies? Let me hear in the comments!

Best December Ever

New movies, new shows, new products galore. Each and every month brings something new to the floor. I so didn't mean to rhyme just then, but it's kind of catchy aye? Starting with December, I'll be spotlighting some of my most anticipated releases in the pop-culture sphere, and sharing how they can all make your month the best one yet. 

To kick this new series off, we've got a magical book, a movie that will inspire anyone, and a self-care must-have. 

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I'm a sucker for a celeb memoir/essay book and this one is no exception. Coming from 2017's breakout star Tiffany Haddish, this comedic book of stories details her humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to her current career in Hollywood, and all the little moments in between. If you've seen Girls Trip and couldn't get enough of Tiffany's eccentric one-liners and perfectly placed quips, then this book is a must read this month. 

Just wait until you read about Tiffany and her dealings with Roscoe. I promise you, you'll be on the floor laughing with every page turn. 

$15, amazon.com, or any other book seller

Rihanna strikes again! If there's anything we can count on in 2017, it's that our girl Ri Ri will have us looking the best we can. Fenty Beauty has become my guilty pleasure, as I can't get enough of the line's "trophy wife" highlighter. Seriously I could wear that stuff everyday, and I'm definitely not the girl who wears makeup. Like ever. It's for this reason I don't (and never have) owned a red lip color. I never thought it looked good with my skin tone despite insistence from friends. BUT after reading the reviews on this latest addition to the Fenty family, I may have to give it a try. 

If you're looking for the perfect lippie to kick off this holiday season, look no further than Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, $24, fentybeauty.com or in Sephora stores. 

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If you're into comics, superhero movies, or any type of supernatural show, than this gem — currently streaming on Hulu — will be your newest obsession. If you ever thought your parents were evil, think again. Marvel's Runaways follows six unlikely "superheroes" who uncover their hidden powers and the awful things their parents have been up to the last few years, banding together to take them down. That's all I'll say to not spoil the action. Go binge back episodes asap and catch the newest ones streaming every Tuesday!

For me, 2017 has been a year of self-care. Not just bubble baths and manicures either. I've made it my personal goal to mediate at least three times a week and can be found constantly repeating affirmations to myself each morning as my theme music plays in the background. Basically I'm doing everything I can to kick this imposter syndrome I've been battling for the last few years. 

On this journey of self-care I came across the perfect way to get my daily dose of good vibes via Shine Text. Every morning I'd get a bite-sized action item for the day, along with some pretty Instagrammable quotes. 

So imagine the excitement I felt when I learned that Shine was launching an actual app this month! Catering to an audience of over 1 million users, the new free  app offers a library of interactive audio content with relatable topics, ranging from 'Ditching a Toxic Friend' to 'Self-Care for Online Dating' and 'Slaying Your Workday'.

Today's to-do: download this baby right now!

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"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else."

Confession: I teared up for the first time ever watching a movie trailer and I'm not ashamed to admit it. These tears fell from my eyes roughly a month ago in theaters when I saw the advertisement for The Greatest Showman, chronicling the life and career of circus legend P.T. Barnum (and starring Zendaya and Zac Efron!) I'm a sucker for anything where the underdog comes out on top and what got the waterworks flowing was the song playing during the trailer ("This is Me," by Kaela Settle— go listen to it now) written by the songwriters from La La Land. The song and the film are all about embracing what makes you unique, to hell with how it makes other people feel and that's a message we can (and should!) all get behind. In theaters December 20

11 Gifts For The Pop-Culture Queen In Your Life

Before you subject the leading lady in your life to yet another pair of useless fuzzy socks or a gift set of scents, spring for something a little more quirky, inspired by some of 2017's top pop-culture moments.

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Snow Falling book from Jane The Virgin, $10

It’s been a lifetime (and nearly four seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva's debut novel is finally here and available to purchase IRL. According to the synopsis, Snow Falling is "a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miami," and if it's anything like the show it's sure to be equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. 

Hidden Figures sticker, $4

Pay homage to the badass women who put America back in the space race with this "Yes We Can" spirited STEM sticker starring Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. 

CUISINART Popcorn Maker, $40

I know. I'm sad too. After seven long and twisty seasons, Scandal is officially coming to an end in 2018. And if I know Shonda Rhimes, some curveballs are definitely coming. So get your wine and popcorn ready with this easy-to-use popper. Bottles sold separately.

Wonder Woman Ring, $30

The Justice League wouldn't be anything without this fearless woman. Channel humanity's most gracious superhero, who lit up screens this year with her magic, by rocking this 14K ring on your finger. And who knows? It might even transform you into DC's next heroine.

"Team Issa" mug from Insecure, $17

Are you a member of LawrenceHive or Team Issa? If you're on the winning team (i.e. Issa), rep it proudly each and every morning with this simple coffee mug that represents a whole lot of awkward moments, a lackluster love life, and an appreciation for bathroom mirror raps. 

"What Would Beyoncé Do?" desk plaque, $30

Queen Bey not only gave the world two more bundles of joy to fawn over but also selflessly gave back to thousands of people affected by the hurricanes. This desk accessory is perfect for the moments when you're stuck between being the ultimate girl boss or giving back. And hey, you can't go wrong either way. 

Grey's Anatomy's "Cristina Is My Spirit Animal" sweater,  $40

After 14 seasons and 300+ episodes I still can't get enough of Grey's, and if you're like me you're still missing Cristina. Not only did she add the perfect amount of sarcasm to the tear-jerking series, but no one inspired us more than her ambitious self. Show your love for the beloved character this winter with this cozy and comfy knit. 

Trophy Wife highlighter from Fenty BEauty, $34

If you've ever wanted to glow like Rihanna, here's your chance. This bold and bright highlighter works with any skin tone, expertly completes any look and will have Tinder dates lining up to stand under your umbrella, ella, ella, eh. Yay!

Stranger Things Barb Poster $16

A moment of silence for Barb. Though she was somewhat of a minor character, fans of the show can't help but mourn the plaid-wearing redhead. Keep her memory alive while supporting the arts with this minimalist portrait. 

A Wrinkle In Time enamel pin, $10

If you're excited about the release of fearless director Ava DuVernay's latest masterpiece in March than you need this bookish pin inspired by the classic novel. Speaking of the film...BRB...going to watch the trailer for the 100th time this week. 

Cardi B enamel pin, $13

If 2017 was anyone's year it was Cardi B's. The rapper's single "Bodak Yellow" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female rapper to top the chart with a solo output since 1998. Then she got engaged in the cutest way ever wearing the most secure wig of all time. Celebrate this superstar "fo'eva" with this lively and larger than life pin. 

What are you getting for the leading ladies in your life this year? Let me hear in the comments!