The holiday season brings forth the ambiance of a warm, cozy household, hot chocolate drinks and candy canes, songs describing the mystical cold season, and most importantly, the magical movies of Christmas. Ever since I could remember, my family and I would snuggle on the couch under blankets and watch wonderful feel-good movies.
Without further ado, here are my top five movies for the holiday season:
“The Santa Clause”
“The Santa Clause” is about a man named Scott Calvin (Tim Allen): a divorced dad and workaholic toy salesman. On the night he has custody of his son, Charlie, Calvin accidentally startles Santa, zapping him out of existence; Calvin puts on the suit, and unknowingly becomes Santa Claus. The beauty of this movie is in the character development of Calvin. As he slowly transforms into Santa, he changes from a crabby man to a jolly one, and by the end of the movie, even the audience feels a small part of the magic of Christmas and Santa.
“The Polar Express”
A boy questioning the existence of Santa Claus is taken on the magnificent Polar Express, a train that visits the North Pole. In an unforgettable adventure with a fantastic soundtrack, the boy learns the meaning of friendship and believing in the spirit of Christmas. This movie was one of the first Christmas movies I’ve seen, and it was a magical, heartwarming movie to watch.
Kevin, the youngest child in a large family, is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for vacation over the holidays. He has to learn to live on his own and eventually has to defend his home from stupid yet hilarious burglars. The slapstick comedy makes the movie so memorable as well as the subtle lesson on the importance of family, and without this movie, the holiday season would be incomplete.
“Elf” is about Buddy, a human-elf raised at Santa’s workshop, who leaves the North Pole in search of his real father who resides in New York City. The movie follows Buddy’s journey to Manhattan and his relationship with his birth father and the rest of his family. Along the way, Buddy finds friends and falls in love as he learns how to live a human lifestyle. “Elf” is a hilarious movie that never gets old no matter how many times you watch it.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” follows the Grinch, a green, man-like, pessimistic creature who lives in isolation above the rest of the community filled with Whos. Due to trauma from past Christmases, the Grinch is bitter and determined to slaughter all of the Christmas happiness and spirit that the Whos feel by breaking into their houses and stealing their presents and decorations. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” both the animated and live version, is a Christmas classic that people of all ages enjoy.