There is really only one good reason to make a movie, just as there is only one good reason to write a novel, paint a picture, or compose a symphony: Some idea, some notion, some feeling stirs in the creator the need to express what is within to the world.

Unfortunately, Hollywood could give a shit about artistic expression. All year long, the movie industry pumps out whatever fluff promises the greatest return on investment, and not even the spirit of Christmas, which is supposed to be more meaningful than bottom lines and dollar signs, can change that. 

The stakes are high during the holidays. A hit like It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, or Elf can run on cable forever and net everyone involved lots of cash. There are, however, lots of awful films left strewn in their path, reserved for bargain bins even during the holidays. These are those films that are good for little more than stocking stuffers. These are the cinematic versions of those terrible toys you got when you were a tot. These are The 25 Worst Christmas Movies of All Time.

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Written by Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU)