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    17 Characters That Are Essential To Christmas Movies

    The kid whose one Christmas wish is that their divorced parents get back together, for a start.

    1. The downtrodden kid who finally believes in Christmas Magic™ after being disappointed year after year.

    20th Century Fox

    Best known for saying something like, "so Santa is real!" They're also super cute, which means extra pity points.

    2. The single dad who can't seem to catch a break.

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    He probably burns the Christmas dinner and his ex-wife is always disappointed. It's eye rolls galore when this guy is around, but you're still rooting for him.

    3. The kinda sad woman who magically finds her true love.

    Universal Pictures

    You feel sorry for her, but you can see why she's single. Despite that, Christmas works its magic and she finds The One.

    4. And don't forget the single mum who finally finds the love she deserves.


    Extra Christmas points if she falls in love with Santa.

    5. The kid whose one Christmas wish is that their divorced parents get back together.

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    Instantly recognisable from their pouty mouth and puppy dog eyes.

    6. The workaholic dad who leaves getting into the festive spirit to the very last minute.

    20th Century Fox

    Because nothing says "I love my kids" more than waiting until Christmas Eve to get their presents.

    7. The high-flying businesswoman who suddenly realises that her life is actually empty because she prioritised her career over love.

    Universal Pictures

    But don't worry guys, she'll be madly in love by the end of the film.

    8. The small-town guy who woos said high-flying businesswoman.


    He's usually a barman, carpenter, or hardware store worker whose dreams have never been bigger than his hometown. I could make a joke about him being good with his hands here, but you get the idea.

    9. The dutiful mum who's rushed off her feet making sure her kids have the perfect Christmas, despite having a shit one herself.

    Universal Pictures

    We've all cried on behalf of her.

    10. The eccentric old guy that turns out to be Santa.

    Universal Pictures

    Christmas movie 101: if he's got a white beard there's a 100% chance he's Santa.

    11. The mum's boyfriend who tries to play the role of doting step-father, but is lame AF.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    No one knows what the mum sees in him, and you just know he's putting tangerines in the kids' stockings. Despite his best efforts, no one's rooting for this guy.

    12. The kid who's an absolute terror for most of the movie, but redeems themselves in the last five minutes.

    20th Century Fox

    And by redeem themselves I mean putting their bullying on pause for the duration of Christmas day.

    13. The scrooge who learns the ~true meaning~ of Christmas.

    Universal Pictures

    It's a tale as old as time, really.

    14. The woman who manages to get her shit together in exactly five days despite her life being a complete mess at the start of the the film.

    Universal Pictures

    Christmas Magic™ can turn your life around, it would appear.

    15. The really annoying know-it-all kid whose sole purpose is to make the other characters more likable.

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    Even Christmas movies need an antagonist, I guess?

    16. The person who seems to hate everything about the festive season, but for some reason works in a Christmassy job.

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    But they realise they actually quite like it once forced to break into song.

    17. The creepy old guy who saves the day, and teaches us not to judge a book by their cover.

    20th Century Fox

    We all know that you shouldn't trust random old men, but once December hits, you've gotta throw that out the window.

    Who are your favourite Christmas characters? Let me know in the comments!

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