Heading to the movies a big tradition for many on Christmas

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Heading to the movies on Christmas Day is a tradition for many families in East Tennessee.

"We're gonna see Rise of the Guardians. Just decided to do a little family thing," said Daniel Byrd, who came to the Carmike Wynnsong theater after celebrating Christmas with his family.

"We're here watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - hoping it's going to be a great movie," said Diep Silas.

"We're gonna see Wreck-It Ralph," said Cameron Rogers.

Assistant Manager Joseph Pope said Christmas Day is one of the busiest movie days all year.

"Usually we're pretty busy - people coming out, seeing all the new Christmas releases. You've got Django Unchained this year, you've got Les Miserables - huge Oscar releases. A bunch of nominations for the Golden Globes," said Pope.

"We've often done it off and on since our kids were growing up. We'd get up, have Christmas, eat lunch and then come to a movie. It's just - it is kind of a tradition, Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Linda Nattanasio.

"You know, you have your fill of food and then everyone goes to sleep and you can get away to a little bit of an adventure, then why not?" said Robert Silas, who was in line to watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Most said refreshments are a must:

"Of course, you can't go to the movies without popcorn," said Nattanasio.

"When you're watching, you do want to snack on something," Diep Silas said.

"You can't have a movie without popcorn and soda!" said Byrd.

Many people said they enjoy being able to relax and spend time with their loved ones.

"I think we enjoy getting out and seeing the movies on the big screen," said David Rogers.