As we finally approach the appropriate calendar time for celebrating holiday cheer, our super low temperatures of 50 degrees call for a night where you gotta microwave some hot chocolate, cuddle up in your Snuggie, and watch some awesome holiday movies!
These are my top five personal favorites; feel free to disagree with me. I won't really care because these movies are awesome, but feel free nonetheless!
Admit it. This movie was your dream. Once again, young Kevin McCallister is away from his family just in time for Christmas. This time, he's not home alone, which is totally boring... He's alone in the most crime ridden city in the country! YAY! But this kid had a BLAST. Ordering unlimited room service, messing with hotel staff, befriending a crazy bird lady, and fulfilling his sadistic tendencies by beating up the Wet Bandits again? Best. Christmas. Ever.
Not technically a movie, but a classic Christmas story all the same. This show was perfect fodder for rainy day lunches in elementary school, and it taught some pretty good lessons too! It pokes satirical fun at Christmas commercialism and reminds us what the true meaning of Christmas is. Have fun dissecting it with your AP Lit friends!
Possibly the best Claymation feature ever created in the history of everything. We follow the story of two misfits who meet more misfits and realize that the big scary monster is just a misfit too. The ending scene evokes warm fuzzy feelings and makes you just want to hug that weird kid in class who scrapes out his dandruff. Rudolph also has some of the catchiest songs out of all Christmas musicals; it'll have you humming "Holly Jolly Christmas" into the new year.
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" This movie is perfect for all of us who just want that one special thing for Christmas. Sadly, not all of us get that one special thing. Of course, not all of us beat up our yellow-eyed bullies, live next to a pack of rabid dogs who force us to eat Chinese for dinner, contract soap poisoning, or shoot our eye out with a BB gun, fulfilling the prophecy that occurred throughout our entire Christmas season.
Bless USA and its annual Elf marathon. This movie is less of childhood dreams and more for pee in your Snuggie moments. Definitely a favorite for the less sentimental! This film follows the story of an oversized elf named Buddy and his quest in the magical land of... New York City. Why does every film end up in New York?
It also delivers some of the best one-liners in the history of ever. You'll be quoting these until Easter:
"I love smiling. Smiling's my favorite!"
"He must be a South Pole Elf."
"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."
"SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA'S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!"
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
"Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!"