The holidays are a wonderful season to sit down and enjoy some quality time with your family. Watching a movie together is a good way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Bake some cookies, get into your pajamas and relax on the couch together. Try out one of these four classic holiday movies to get the Christmas juices flowing.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The classic of all holiday classics, 1946's “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of George Bailey, a man who had given up on his dreams and felt like there was nothing left to live for. Just before he decided to end it all by jumping off a bridge, at Christmas time no less, his guardian angel appeared to show him the impact he’s made on the people close to him.
George learns that people and family are the reason to continue, and he learns to be a better person in the process. The movie sums up with George, his family, and the whole town celebrating Christmas together. This heartwarming movie is sure to get you into not only the holiday spirit but the family spirit as well.
A Christmas Story
“A Christmas Story” is sure to bring back childhood memories for anyone who has ever really wanted a specific present for Christmas and the excitement that ensues. The story is told by an adult Ralphie Parker as he looks back and reminisces about his favorite Christmas. When he was 9 years old, all he wanted was an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle, and he would do anything to get it.
Every time he told an adult, including Santa Claus himself, about his Christmas wish, they’d all say the same thing: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Finally, Christmas day rolls around, and Ralphie can hardly contain his excitement, diving into his presents in hopes that one of them would fulfill his wish.
This movie is guaranteed to take you back in time and bring back all the excitement of Christmas as a child. Plus, it’s sure to provide a few chuckles along the way. “A Christmas Story” might take place in the 1940s, but the feelings are universal for children of any time period, which is what makes this movie such a classic.
The Santa Clause
“The Santa Clause” uses a clever play on words to provide some additional background to the legend of Santa Claus. One Christmas Eve, Santa-doubter Scott Calvin hears some noises up on the roof of his house. When he goes to investigate, he sees a man walking around on his roof wearing a red and white suit. After calling out to him, the man falls off the slippery roof, lands on the ground and disappears. Not knowing what to do, Scott and his Santa-loving son climb onto the roof and find a sleigh and eight reindeer who take the pair off to the North Pole with Scott in a state of disbelief the entire time. At the North Pole, Scott signs the literal Santa “clause” and becomes the next Santa.
The story follows Scott and his hilarious attempts to juggle his life, high profile job at a marketing firm, and his new gig as Santa Claus, while also dealing with his recent divorce, his feelings about his ex-wife’s new husband, and teaching his son to stay true to his beliefs.
If you love the story of Santa Claus, this movie is sure to be an instant favorite. Plus, what could possibly get you into the Christmas spirit more than knowing the “true” origins of Santa? The family aspect of the movie is heartwarming and will make you feel all fuzzy inside. “The Santa Clause” is truly a well-rounded family Christmas classic.
“Elf” might have been made in the 21st century, but that doesn’t mean it’s not considered a classic. Both children and adults will enjoy the hijinks of Buddy the elf as he embarks on his quest to find his father.
Buddy grew up in an orphanage, and one Christmas, he finds his way into Santa’s toy sack. Not knowing what to do, Santa takes Buddy in to grow up as an elf in the North Pole. After a while, it becomes painfully obvious, to everyone but Buddy, that he isn’t really an elf. He’s much taller and works a lot slower than the other elves. One day, Buddy’s elf father breaks the news to him that he is, in fact, a human. Surprised by the information, Buddy heads to New York City to find his real father and reunite for the holidays.
The movie might be silly, but it captures what the holiday season is about: being together with those you love.
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