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From left: Arthur Christmas, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Black Christmas (1974), and Black Mirror. We all have our holiday staples , the movies we turn to time and time again. But before you break out Elf for the 42nd time, spend another week trying to convince people Die Hard is a holiday movie, or press your luck with NBC’s version of The Grinch musical (although I wouldn’t), maybe give some of these special holiday flicks a try instead. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Netflix’s Jingle Jangle may be the newest addition to this list, but it’s the one I’m going to fight for the hardest. Written and directed by playwright David E. Talbert, Jingle Jangle is a musical fantasy about a toymaker (Forest Whitaker) who loses his gift after being betrayed by someone very close to him. It isn’t until his estranged granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills), an inventor in her own right, comes to stay with him for the holidays that he starts to realize the good he was doing and why the science (and magic) needs to return. It’s a beautiful, heartwarming adventure with gorgeous songs and a wonderful message about family, like a modern Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . 12 Dates of Christmas (2011) No, this isn’t that HBO Max reality dating show. 12 Dates of Christmas is an ABC Family original holiday movie from 2011 that was basically a seasonal version of Groundhog Day . Unable to get over her ex-boyfriend and having seen […]