5 Money Lessons Courtesy of Your Favorite Holiday Movies

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- With Christmas just a week away, one surefire way to get into the holiday spirit is curling up and watching your favorite seasonal flicks. Some of these movies make us laugh, others make us cry and most of them impart valuable pieces of wisdom to help us live a better life. 

Being that MainStreet is a personal finance site, we thought we'd look even deeper at a few popular holiday films to find out what they have to say about money. As it turns out, there are many profound financial lessons in movies such as It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and even Elf (no, seriously, we're not kidding). Here are some of the best lessons we learned from a few of our favorite holiday films.

Movie: A Christmas Story

Lesson: A gift's value is in the eye of the beholder

Released in 1983 but set in 1940s Indiana, A Christmas Story is the hilarious tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quirky family as they prepare for the holiday season. Ralphie is desperate to receive a Red Ryder 200 Shot BB gun from Santa (even though adults insist "you'll shoot your eye out!"), but Ralphie isn't the only member of the Parker family who becomes fixated on a gift.

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