Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies

Chaz Stringfellow, Former Writer

The holidays are here, and what better way to spend them than to binge the mountains of movies with the meanings of Christmas. From classics like Charlie Brown to modern day The Guardians, there are too many choices to select from. I have gathered other’s opinions on what they watch for the holidays. Through their selection and reasons, you’re sure to find one to watch over the holidays.

A Christmas Story

The head of the Spartan Oracle, Eli Woods, says, “My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story directed by Bob Clark. I like A Christmas Story because it has the right amount of comedy and it’s not your average “cheesy” Christmas movie.” I will have to agree with the story being told from a child’s perspective Ralphie Parker all the way up to Christmas day, waiting to see if they get their dream present while surviving elementary school. Art teacher Wilfredo Penate also said, “My favorite Christmas movie of all time is A Christmas Story. I was probably 8 or 9 years old when I first saw it. I could totally relate to Ralphie’s imagination and obsession with getting the perfect Christmas gift. The movie is funny with it’s dark humor and really nails the nostalgic Christmas theme from a kid’s point of view.” I would have to totally agree with that, it does nail the perspective from a child’s point of view.

Home Alone

Choir teacher Cara Cavenaugh says, “My go-to Christmas movie is Home Alone. It is the Christmas movie I always grew up with and it makes me laugh, every time. I also love the music, which was written by the great John Williams.” Home Alone’s score is quite festive and will keep you thinking of Christmas even in the ridiculous scenes with robbers. The plot is a good reminder of how important family is, after seeing what Kevin McCallister goes through.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

English teacher Kristine Key says, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. It’s just a really funny, family movie classic.” I have seen this one and will add it is quite hilarious throughout the entire movie. The Griswolds are trying to do their regular holiday activities, such as putting up lights and a tree. Everything quickly changes when his extended family arrives with no warning. They end up creating obstacles for everyone and it is funny to watch the Griswold’s family interact with them.

Harry Potter

English teacher Preston Wilke says, “Every Christmas, I watch one of the Harry Potter movies.” Even though there are only a few Christmas scenes in each, he says, “I always associate them with the holidays. Almost all of them came out during the holidays, so it became somewhat of an unintentional tradition for me.” The Harry Potter series is a fine collection to choose from for many emotions to feel over the holidays.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Theatre art teacher Luke Kerschbaum adds, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” to the list. I can see why with the tale of a scrooge-like figure who wasn’t initially a scrooge but bullied into a scrooge. Throughout, you get to witness his mischievous plans to ruin Christmas and why. Truly a compelling story.