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Seven best Christmas movies

November 18, 2016

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Directed by Tim Burton and nominated for an academy award, this film utilizes Burton’s classic stop motion animation style. The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, who is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween, but their spooky nature keeps them from getting it right. A clever spin on the holiday season, this film has an all-star voice cast as well as memorable musical numbers.

6. A Christmas Story (1983)
An instant classic, this film is watched in households across the country every year. As Christmas is approaching 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother’s immediate reaction is that he’ll put his eye out. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. Which yes, is the famous bunny costume. Without a doubt this is one of the most well-known and famous family Christmas movies of all time.

5. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Released two years after the groundbreaking original, Home Alone 2 repackages all of the elements we loved from the first one, just on a much bigger stage. This time he’s in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won’t be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist, and Kevin’s ready to welcome them with yet another elaborate array of booby traps. Although not as solid as the original, this film manages to set itself apart with the bigger setting, emotions and even a cameo by president elect Donald Trump.

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
In this film we follow the Griswold’s once again as their big Christmas vacation plans quickly and predictably, turn into a disaster. As Christmas time draws near the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. His obnoxious family guests worsen Clark’s continual bad luck, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. One of three vacation movies, this one is the most recent of the three and brings back the entire gang for yet another adventure.

3. Home Alone (1990)
The original and best of the Home Alone trilogy and the film that made Macaulay Culkin a household name and huge child star. Also starring tough guy Joe Pesci as one of the two wet bandits. After getting into a fight with his brother Buzz, Kevin is accidentally left behind while his family heads to the airport for their vacation in Paris. While living it up at home he discovers that two crooks are plotting to break into his house. Acting fast he quickly fills his house with make-shift booby traps and the two crooks are arrested.

2. Elf (2003)
Probably the greatest Christmas movie ever is what just about every millennial will tell you. Can’t say I disagree, this film stars Will Ferrell and one of the best actors Hollywood has to offer with James Caan. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
Hands down the greatest Christmas movie ever made, this is the most nostalgic, and iconic film made about the holiday season. Telling the story of George Bailey, he never got a chance to fulfill his life’s ambitions of exploring the world and building skyscrapers. As he watches his friends and family become success stories he dreads on running his fathers building and loan business, rivaling the grumpy old Mr. Potter. When a financial discrepancy puts George in a difficult position, Clarence the angel comes to show him what life would have been like if he had never been born and he quickly realizes how thankful he is for everyone and everything around him.

Nic Stevens
Contributing Writer

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