Arts & Entertainment

Classic Holiday Movies to Watch Over and Over

We all have felt the feeling of Christmas morning: the adrenaline, the childhood excitement at what would await. Regardless of what holiday you’re celebrating this season, there is a tacit understanding among us all that the holidays are a special and comforting time of year in which being around family and friends is essential. As the days get colder and the nights come quicker, a movie is the perfect opportunity for you to relax and enjoy entertainment alongside friends and family. 

Need a classic? The 1983’s A Christmas Story, scores an impressive 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. This beloved holiday movie follows young Ralphie Parker who is actively trying to avoid his bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift. Relatable to audiences who struggle to get through the weeks before holiday break, Ralphie also struggles to make it to Christmas amidst the family hardships, and external situations he faces. Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepard, Ralphie reveals what Christmas truly is about: spending time with those with whom you care the most about. 

Another classic is the 1990’s Home Alone. This esteemed film follows 8 year old Kevin McCallister, who acts out against his parents the night before a family trip to Paris, leaving him to sleep in the attic. Yet, when Kevin wakes up he realizes that he’s been left behind and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. His excitement soon diminishes when he feels increasingly lonely and isolated within his empty house, especially when two con men attempt to rob his residence. Home Alone touched audiences all over the world through its exploration of the importance of family. 

If you’re not a fan of oldies, 2003’s Elf may be the best fit for you. Following Buddy the Elf, a misfit human who was raised amongst elf’s, audiences witness his journey to New York in the search of his biological father. Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman, at first rejects his relationship with his estranged son. Yet, as the movie progresses and their relationship becomes more and more chaotic, Buddy and Walter reveal the importance of spreading love, helping others, and being yourself. 

Regardless of what your favorite holiday activity is this break, try to fit in a movie, especially if you have the company of a friend or family member to share these heartwarming movies with!

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