Merry Movies

Staff Writer

Makayla P.

The Christmas season is just around the corner, and there is nothing better to do on a chilly day than to get into the holiday spirit with a nice mug of hot cocoa and some Christmas movies. Whether it is spending time with family or having a day alone, there are many timeless movies that will leave even the Grinches and Scrooges feeling jolly every time.

Starting out with a classic, A Christmas Story which is directed by Bob Clark. This heartwarming comedy is about a boy named Ralphie who just wants a Red Ryder B.B. Gun for Christmas but has to convince the adults around him that it is a perfect present, while also trying to keep himself out of trouble. A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, can be seen on almost every TV in the month of December and is shown for 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve on TBS. Geometry teacher Kachristmas movies MP 3thryn Hawter said, “A Christmas Story will forever and always be one of my favorite Christmas movies to watch. It would not feel like Christmas without it!” Adults and kids alike can enjoy this Christmas classic.

The next holiday movie is The Santa Clause, directed by John Pasqiun. The Santa Clause revolves around Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who ends up unintentionally killing the real Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and has to take his place. This film is hilarious and heartwarming, with Allen offering a wonderful performance as well. Sophomore Matt Mattson says, “I loved watching all the Santa Clause movies when I was younger. Those were my favorite Christmas movies by far.”  Along with the fun of becoming Santa Clause, there is also unique interpretation of the North Pole with its elves that look like kids and the crazy toy-making machines; everyone appreciates seeing the all the mysteries of Santa come to life.

Leading the way of Santa’s sleigh is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. There are many versions of this classic story, but the one best known is the original stop-motion version that first aired as a Christmas television special. These are probably the most difficult forms of animation since the action is completely manual. People take the figures of the characters and slightly move them every time they take a picture, and when it is put all together, the small movements look like a moving figure. For those who have never heard the familiar song, Rudolph is about a reindeer who was born with a glowing nose, but the movie adds a twist. Shunned because of his unique ability, Rudolph teams up with fellow outcasts Hermey the elf and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. After many adventure trying to find where they belong, they realize their differences are what make them special, and it is okay to not be like everyone else. The film was originally released in 1964, so grandparents and adults are still enjoying this holiday film to this day and will for years to come.

Another cartoon classic on the list is Frosty the Snowman. Although this movie is considered to be a 30-minute television special, it is always a holiday favorite for adults as well since many parents grew up with this on television when they were young. Sophomore Kayli Rice said, “I made my mom buy one of those top hats when we had one of those crazy snows a few years ago because I wanted to see if I could make a snowman just like Frosty. Obviously, I didn’t get my own personal snowman best friend, so the movie had to suffice.” Frosty the Snowman, just like Rudolph, has his own song as well, and the movie follows it almost perfectly, with a few details added in to make it more enjoyable. The story of Frosty is that of a magical hat that is placed on the snowman’s head and brings him to life. Although the movie is a little far-fetched, most children can admit to wanting to hang out with Frosty for a day.

Also bringing much joy to viewers is Elf. Starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, Elf  is a hysterical yet heartening story of a human who mistakenly grows up at the North Pole, but due to his ungainly size, is sent back to the United States to find his true identity. From eating cotton balls to ending up in jail, no one can help but fall in love with the goofy and naïve character of Buddy the Elf and his adventures in New York. Sophomore Abbey Barrett says, “Elf is definitely my favorite Christmas movie, and even though it is supposed to be seasonal, I quote it all year long.” Don’t be a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins; go spread some Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear!

From overgrown elves to living snowmen, Christmas movies are always a part of the holiday season that everyone can enjoy. Whether one loves the holidays or not, these awesome movies will make sure everyone ends up feeling jolly!


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