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If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the Christmas season, perhaps a little tired of hearing "Jingle Bell Rock" every time you walk into a store, don't worry -- holiday burnout happens to the best of us. Just look at these classic movie characters, and you'll see that every Christmas needs a little Scrooge. We bet by the time you open your first present, your heart will grow just as big as the Grinch's.
1. Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas
"We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket," little Lucy tells Charlie Brown knowingly. She also insults Linus' blanket-enhanced pageant costume, Schroeder's Christmas tunes and Charlie' s sweet little tree. Yet after Linus' moving speech about the true meaning of Christmas, Lucy joins the rest of the Peanuts in joyful praise. (And she takes back the thing about the tree.)
1. Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa
Thornton's character Willie is the opposite of Christmas spirit, a crude, heartless, lying crook -- until a beat-up little kid and a smitten lady bartender inspire him to change his ways. By the end of the movie, he really earns that Santa hat.
2. Denis Leary in The Ref
Sometimes it takes an armed robbery to remember what Christmas is all about. Leary is Gus, the foul-mouthed cat burglar who takes a Connecticut family hostage -- and inadvertently rescues both their marriage and their holiday.
4. Bill Murray in Scrooged
If Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol today, Scrooge might be a lot like Frank -- a money-grubbing TV executive who doesn't think twice about firing his most honest employee on Christmas Eve. Luckily, there are those reliable ghosts -- in the form of a cab driver, a fairy princess and a giant television-faced demon -- to inspire his Christmas morning change of heart.
5. The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
So diabolical is The Grinch that he hates Christmas simply because it makes people happy. So he determines to put an end to the whole business once and for all, by stealing the presents, the food, the lights, everything that's not nailed down. Does he stop Christmas from coming? Not in the slightest. And you know his change of heart is real when he carves the "roast beest" himself.
6. Michael Caine in A Muppet Christmas Carol
You have to be really mean to make Kermit the Frog work overtime on Christmas day -- but in the Muppet retelling of this classic story, Michael Caine is unmoved by that cute little green face. What does it take to change his mind? You got it: three ghosts. Plus a rat, a pig, a bear, an eagle, a Swedish Chef and a -- what is Gonzo again?
7. The Bumble in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This Christmas-hating abominable snowman wants to eat Rudolph for lunch -- until Yukon Cornelius "reforms" him and gets him a job. And the perfect job for an abominable snowman is, of course, putting the star on the top of the Christmas tree.
Good tidings to all our readers -- even if you sometimes feel like a Grinch, we know you're really a Holiday Heroine!
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