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6 classic movies about holidays and money

Hollywood serves holiday budget advice
Hollywood serves holiday budget advice

Want to find out where you're going wrong with the holiday budget?

Just ask Hollywood.

The answers are right there in black and white. Or Technicolor.

Served straight up, like "It's a Wonderful Life" or with a demented twist, a la "Christmas Vacation" or "Scrooged," movies dramatize our hopes and dreams for the holidays. Or, in some cases, roast them mercilessly.

So, whether your holiday plans include visiting Santa, going overboard on the light displays or feasting on Chinese food, here are six classic holiday movies and what they really reveal about holiday spending habits and traditions.

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