Nine classic Christmas movies

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By Emma Clarke, Staff Reporter

Besides baking Christmas cookies, listening to holiday songs, and decorating the tree, a great way to get into the holiday spirit is through the plethora of holiday movies that are played every year. However, some of these movies may not be worth your while, so here is my list of the top nine Christmas movies.

Elf
Although this a classic Christmas movie that is loved by many, I do think it is a bit overrated. While I would recommend watching all of the movies on this list, this is not at the top of my list.

Frosty the Snowman Original Cartoon
Everyone knows the “Frosty the Snowman” tune, but the illustrations and stories this film provide add a whole new level. I really appreciate this classic film, but I would have to put it lower on the list because I cannot say it adds a lot to my holiday spirit.

Rudolph
This movie is necessary to fully appreciate the holiday season! It shows an adorable story of individuality that is timeless.

Home Alone 2
Watch a young boy swindle two thieves in the holiday season in New York Season! I’m sure you will appreciate the main character, Kevin’s, intelligence as he creatively uses things like a toy store to defeat the robbers.

Home Alone
I personally prefer the original “Home Alone” to the sequel, but both are great picks that bring out elements of the holidays.

The Grinch
While I favor watching the real-actor version of this film, both this and the original cartoon of “The Grinch” are fantastic holiday films that have a holiday message of kindness.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This movie adds humor to the holiday season with more adult humor that is great to watch with older members of the family or once the younger ones go to bed.

It’s a Wonderful Life
A sharp contrast from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” this film offers another heartfelt message to the holiday season that will truly cause you to think about your life.

A Year Without Santa Clause
While not as popular as movies such as “Elf,” “A Year Without Santa Clause” is my personal favorite holiday film. It offers iconic songs such as the ones performed by the heat miser and snow miser that show a new creative storyline about the holidays and what they mean to people.

So, sit down with a plate of Christmas cookies and a cup of hot chocolate as you enjoy these treasured holiday films and further your excitement about the season!


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