Add these recent Christmas movies to your holiday traditions

Harold (left) and Kumar. We’re shocked to see that Kumar is holding a lighter.

Arthur Christmas (2011) Aardman Studios, the folks behind Wallace & Gromit, bring their dry British charm to this warm and funny animated movie about Santa’s hapless son attempting to prove himself by delivering a single neglected Christmas present.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) The eponymous stoners go on a quest for a Christmas tree while mending their friendship and getting really, really baked in the goofy, endearing third movie in the series.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014) No, this Lifetime movie starring a famous Internet cat isn’t actually good, but it’s entertainingly bad and often strikingly weird, thanks to Aubrey Plaza’s voiceover performance as the title character.

Happy Christmas (2014) This low-key dramedy from prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg stars Anna Kendrick as an aimless young woman who moves in with her brother and sister-in-law and struggles to find her place in their family dynamic.

Krampus (2015) There’s some surprising wit to this Christmas-themed horror movie, along with some unexpected nastiness, as the filmmakers turn family togetherness into a sort of existential hell, courtesy of a Christmas demon.

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