Hard to believe it now, but such Christmas movie staples as 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'A Christmas Story' were once forgotten film flops. It was only after years of obscurity, followed by endless replays on TV, that these two films became as much a holiday tradition as egg nog or massive credit card debt.

There are lots of Christmas movies out there that aren't beloved classics like 'A Miracle on 34th Street.' Maybe not every movie on the list deserves to become a holiday staple, but they're certainly worth checking out. And maybe some will become a seasonal favorite of yours.

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By the way, there's a movie playing now in the art-houses, slowly making its way across the country, called 'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale'. A Finnish import, it's a black comedy about an archaeological team that unearths the real Santa Claus (who's not too jolly about it) and tries to sell him to a multinational corporation. Will 'Rare Exports' join the saga of George Bailey's desperate hour or Ralphie and his BB gun on your holiday perennial list? Who knows, but it's another sign that there are hidden Christmas treasures out there. Read the list below, and tell us if there's an unknown Christmas movie you like that should have made the cut.
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