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11 Best Holiday Movies (& Their Subtle Green Messages)

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By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger

You might not realize it when you watch them again and again year after year, but some classic holiday films are sending messages above and beyond ‘don’t be a Scrooge.’

If you look a little closer at these 11 great films — from “Gremlins” to “A Christmas Carol” — you’ll see subtle green messages on invasive species, over-the-top electricity usage, public transportation and more.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Whether you go real or fake Christmas tree, Charlie Brown makes it clear that spending more doesn’t mean a better Christmas: “I won’t let all this commercialism ruin my Christmas,” he repeats.

His little tree might have seemed a bit sparse at first, but nothing that a little goodwill couldn’t fix.

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7:14PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

How about "Scrooged" with Bill Murray and "A Christmas Story" with that little boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas?

12:46PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Great Movies, "Its a Wonderful Life."

4:31PM PST on Feb 22, 2012


2:27AM PST on Feb 13, 2012


2:17AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

I can't go a Christmas w/o watching dear old Scrooge.

1:31AM PST on Dec 30, 2011

I like 'Home for christmas' and the Czech Version of Cinderella... It's no christmas without these movies.

8:14AM PST on Dec 29, 2011


6:25AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Green, authentic, caring - these are humanity's feel good factors, which is what makes these films caress a common nerve.

2:28PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

thanks. These are great movies!!!!!

9:31AM PST on Dec 28, 2011


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