Noah DeSantis ’19, Managing Editor
Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year” and the best time to spend time with the ones we love. With hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, and white snow falling from the trees, this holiday brings family and friends closer together than any other time. Families love to watch the classic, traditional, and heartwarming Christmas movies that everyone knows and loves. However, with so many to choose from, how do you know which ones to watch? Here are just some of the Christmas favorites:
This movie strays away from the traditional heartwarming humor and dives into childish and crude humor. Freshman Zach DeSantis said, “I like watching this movie with my family, especially with my oldest brother because he always comes home from college for Christmas break to spend it with us.” The movie surrounds itself around Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) who was accidentally ‘kidnapped’ by Santa when he was just a baby, and was then raised under the influence that he is actually an elf. When he starts to get confused about whether or not he is actually an elf or a human , he travels to New York City to find his real family. While trying to learn to interact with people, other than elves, Buddy learns that he actually enjoys living the life of a human of morality, and ends up finding a different kind of family along the way.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
This Christmas children’s classic, adapted to the big screen from the book by Dr. Seuss, will always remind you childhood. Showing the true meaning of Christmas on giving rather than recieving, this heartwarming movie brings true joy to the audience. With a catchy song that everyone knows, this movie is a blast to watch, and is a typical family movie for the kids. Junior Alex Valencia said, “I like to watch this movie because it is funny and brings back childhood memories.” While the Grinch is trying to steal Christmas from the town that lives below him, Whoville, he learns a valuable lesson that most people ought to remember; love will always overcome hate.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Based on the famous song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas classic that children tend to enjoy. When people hear the song, they immediately think of the movie and are put into the Christmas spirit. The story starts off with Rudolph first being brought into the world and learning of his gift: his bright red nose. Throughout the course of the movie, Rudolph is teased for being different by his fellow reindeer, and eventually he runs away to escape the bullying. While away, he learns from other misfits that it is okay to be different and accept ourselves for who we are. Rudolph then goes back home and is warmly accepted by his family friends, and is even needed by Santa who makes it a necessity to use his special gift. In the end, this movie gives a great lesson of accepting who we are and accepting others despite perceived differences and that we should never change to make other happy.
Christmas is the time of year to spend with those we care about most. And what better way to do this than watching the best Christmas movies of the year? So, sit down, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy one of these classic Christmas films.
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