No shortage of holiday movies to highlight the season

by Madeline Baker

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It’s almost Christmas and the celebration is already in full swing. In between cookie decorating and shopping for gifts, many love to sit down and watch a classic Christmas movie with family and friends to get in the spirit.

One of the earliest iconic holiday movies is It’s a Wonderful Life, made in 1964. The film follows George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who wishes he had never been born. An angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

For those who like something more on the humorous side, A Christmas Story is a go to flick. It’s a Christmas comedy about a young kid named Ralphie Parker and his struggles around the holiday season that’s had audiences laughing since it came out in 1983.

Home Alone also captures humor and holidays in its tale of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left home alone while his family boards a plane for their Christmas vacation in Paris and don’t notice he’s missing until it’s too late.

Before they are able to return to him, Kevin has the house to himself, unless you count a couple of pesky burglars. Kids and adults have loved this classic since it was shown in theaters in 1990.

In 1993, a new, darker take on Christmas unravelled in the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this stop motion musical, Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday and bring it to his world, with some unexpected consequences.

Another Christmas musical, this one much older, having being made in 1954, is White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby. Having left the Army following WWII, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters, Betty and Judy, who also have a song-and-dance act.

When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help save the General from bankruptcy.

For those with a taste for something a bit more fresh, Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is a must-watch. There are two versions of the movie – the animated version, narrated by Boris Karloff, which came out in 1966, and the Jim Carrey movie that became a holiday hit in 2000. The story follows the Grinch, an angry green man who lives alone in a cave and who decides to ruin Christmas for the citizens in the town below, Whoville.

In an odd turn of events the Grinch’s plans are foiled when he crosses paths with the young Cindy Lou Who and he has a change of heart.

With all of these great Christmas tales and more, there seems to be an endless number of holiday movies to choose from for people of all ages to enjoy!

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