Must Watch Movies This Holiday Season
Written by: Hakeem Shabazz-Norris
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. December is here, and the holiday season is in full effect. The season of giving it finally here, it’s Christmas time. The hot chocolate is being poured, the red and green lights are being put up, and all the members of your family are coming together for this joyous occasion, it’s such a wonderful season. And what better to do during that time than to watch movies that perfectly display that true meaning of Christmas? But there are so many Christmas movies to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. So we decided to devise a list of the best Christmas movies for you and your family to sit and enjoy around the open fire this holiday season.
A Christmas Carol
The 2009 movie A Christmas Carol is an adaptation of the 1843 Charles Dickens’s story of the same name. It stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy moneylender at a London counting who, due to emotional trauma, hates Christmas. But on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. They take him throughout life to show Ebenezer on why he should have love in his heart and show him the true meaning of Christmas.
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is the second installment in the Home Alone series. The movie follows Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) as he mistakenly gets on a flight to New York, instead of Florida, where his family has planned to spend Christmas. While his family is frantically searching for him, Kevin is frantically trying to stop two knuckleheads Marv & Harry from robbing a toy store.
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
It goes without saying that Rudolph is a staple in Christmas culture. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer is a 1964 stop-motion TV special that follows the journey of a reindeer named Rudolph with a glowing red nose as he attempts to gain the respect of all the other reindeer. Rudolph goes through many different trials and tribulations, even running into a snow monster at some point. Rudolph is also the longest running TV special in history.
The Polar Express
On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy doubts the existence of Santa Claus. As he struggles to sleep, a mysterious train appears outside his house, and that is the Polar Express. The story follows his journey to the North Pole and the trouble he runs into along the way. The movie is based off a 1985 book of the same name.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang are back once again. It’s Christmas time, but Charlie is just feeling the holly jolly spirit. So to get himself in the Christmas mood, Charlie Brown is given the opportunity to direct the Christmas play. Lucy and Charlie clash heads as they decide what the Christmas play should be about, but they soon find the true meaning of Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
It’s the most wonderful season in Whoville, Christmas time! Trees are being trimmed, presents are being wrapped, but this time of the year is the worst for our green-furred friend the Grinch. The Grinch hatches a plan to “steal” Christmas from the citizens of Whoville but soon finds out that Christmas isn’t about the presents, it’s about having one another. The live-action adaptation to the Dr. Seuss book was released in 2000 and starred Jim Carrey.
A Christmas Story
A Christmas story is a timeless classic that shows that sometimes, Christmas time isn’t so jolly. Ralphie Parker (played by Peter Billingsley) is a kid who’s life just isn’t that great. When he’s not dodging bullies, he’s dreaming about receiving an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas but is shot down (no pun intended.) everytime he brings it up. At battle with his parents, Ralphie struggles to stay safe from bullies and to keep his hopes high.
Whether you choose one of the movies on our list or another movie, remember to have fun and to stay safe this Christmas. We would like to send a Happy Holidays from everyone here at Level21 Magazine!