Mia’s holiday movie watchlist
The holiday season is coming up, and out of holiday spirit, I have picked my top ten must watch holiday movies.
- The Polar Express
A young boy in lack of Christmas spirit is visited late at night on Christmas Eve by the Polar Express, a magical train. He joins the ride for a magical adventure across the North Pole, all while meeting new friends along the way. He finds himself meeting Santa and regaining his Christmas cheer, leading to a merry Christmas spent with his family. I have always really enjoyed this movie because my sister and I would watch it every year.
- A Christmas Story
A young boy navigates the holiday season and tries to convince his parents and Santa to get him a Red Ryder BB gun. This movie is a definite must watch because it is a classic movie that shows so many aspects of what life would have been like back in 1983.
- Miracle on 34th Street
On the day of the Macy’s Day Parade in New York, Kris Kringle, who states he is the real Santa Claus, finds himself filling in to be Santa in the parade. He ends up with a permanent job there. Some people then questioned his sanity for saying he is the real one and only Santa. He finds himself in an entanglement and ends up going to court where he has to prove he is Santa Claus. I love watching this movie because anyone can get to know the characters on a personal level and feel sympathetic for them throughout the movie just adding that needed aspect.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
As Christmas approaches, family man Clark Griswold tries to prepare for the best Christmas ever. He has his wife and kids help out wherever they can, whether it be the tree, the
lights, or the decorations. Though things start to go wrong when the rest of their family comes to town, the family makes the best Christmas memories. I enjoy watching this movie because it is a good laugh.
- White Christmas
White Christmas is a musical about two singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, former veterans of WWⅡ, who find themselves partnering up with a sister duo, Betty and Judy Haynes. They run into their former commander in Vermont in search of a little snow and set out to save his failing inn. This movie is appealing to me because it is a classic love story with a good story line and many plot twists along the way.
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000
On the outside of Whoville, a microscopic town, lives a grumpy recluse, the Grinch. He and his dog Max are determined to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville, in revenge of his Christmas being ruined as a child. This movie to me is a must watch especially during the holidays and is almost like a right of passage.
- Home Alone
Eight year-old Kevin McCallister gets in trouble the night before his entire family travels to Paris for Christmas. He gets sent to sleep upstairs in the attic and wishes that his family would just disappear. The next morning, he comes to find out that his wish came true, but in reality, his family just forgot him. Soon after, he realizes that two burglars set out to rob his home and vows to protect it. For me this is a great feel good movie, and the plot itself is lively, so I am always willing to rewatch it.
Elf is a classic fantasy about a baby boy, Buddy, who finds his way to the North Pole on Christmas. Santa Claus takes him in and raises him as an elf, and he grew up to be an adult and grows to wonder why he was so different from all the other elves. He soon found out where he was really from and leaves the North Pole to New York in search of his father who doesn’t know he exists and also needs some Christmas spirit. Elf is an amazing movie to watch with family. For me it has always been a tradition in mine to watch it over the holidays.
- Christmas with the Kranks
After spending Christmas with their daughter Blair every year, Luther and Nora Krank finally had a break. Blair was sent off to Peru for a Peace Corps assignment, so they decided to take a break from Christmas entirely with no decorations, no presents. Instead, they planned a 10 day trip to the Caribbean. As the neighborhood catches wind of their boycott of Christmas, they try to force them into decorating their home. Christmas Eve comes upon them, and as Luther and Nora are packing, Blair calls them with great news. She has decided to come home last minute with her new fiance to enjoy Christmas with her family and friends. With the help of the neighborhood, they all pull together a last minute Christmas party for Blair. I absolutely love this movie with a passion because it’s got a really good story line and amazing character development.
- The Santa Clause
Scott Calvin and his son Charlie are getting ready for bed Christmas Eve night when they hear a clatter on the roof. Scott goes outside to check and he finds Santa on his roof. He accidentally startles him, causing him to fall off the roof and disappear. As a joke, he puts on his suit, unknowingly signing a contract to become the new Santa Claus. This movie is one of my absolute favorite Christmas movies because I love how throughout the movie the adults begin to change their beliefs on Santa.