Finding the perfect holiday movie for a family viewing party can be more difficult than trying to get through the checkout line on Christmas Eve. Have no fear; this handy dandy holiday entertainment guide is here to stop families from arguing about what to put in the Blu-ray player this year. There’s sure to be suggestions even the Scrooge in every family can enjoy.
Love sparks all around during the Christmas season, so why not hope for true love’s kiss? For someone who’s the hopeless romantic, the movie “The Holiday” is high on the list of movies to watch because it has dreamy male leads and offers hope to viewers that Mr. or Mrs. Right is out there. It also has funny and dramatic moments, so it’s not a total slice of “lovey-dovey” cheese. Another romantic option is “12 Dates of Christmas” because it’s the Christmas version of the movie “Groundhog Day.” It gives viewers hope that even the loneliest of us can still find love during the holidays.
Everyone enjoys a good laugh once in a while, some more than others. Since there’s a bit of prankster in all of us, why not laugh in Christmas cheer? I recommend the movie “Elf.” Not only is it a classic Christmas movie, but Will Ferrell is an elite actor who knows how to bring anyone to a smile. “The Santa Clause,” featuring Tim Allen, is a good movie to watch during the season because it’s a unique idea of how Santa Claus is established. And, the hilarity that ensues when one man finds his calling is to be Santa will earn plenty of giggles.
The holidays are all about bringing the family together. For families who seek a warm night in, there are plenty of good-natured movies to enjoy. First, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a captivating story about an earnest boy who is upset during the happiest holiday of the year. His outlook changes throughout the movie in an intriguing and heartfelt way. Another great family film is “The Polar Express.” Its dance-along songs and original storyline are fun, and its message is great for the Christmas spirit.
If your family has its own reigning Ebenezer Scrooge, here are a few ideas to melt even the hardest of hearts. Obviously, “A Christmas Carol” is a must. It charms viewers by expressing the idea that you are never too old to change, and it offers an optimistic outlook to the audience. A suggestion for someone whose heart needs to grow three sizes this year is “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It’s another light-hearted movie that reminds viewers what truly matters in life.
Every family has its original thinker. The number one unique movie for the holidays, in my opinion, is Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because of its utmost originality. Sometimes it can be argued that it’s also a Halloween movie, which makes it unusual compared to other holiday movies. Who’d even try to relate Halloween with Christmas? Another unconventional choice is the “Harry Potter” franchise. It reminds viewers of important Christmas values by portraying everlasting friendships, the meaning of true sacrifice, and that family doesn’t have to be strictly DNA. Plus, it has really cool special effects and wizard duels.
Whether you’re nitpicky or just enjoy the classics, there are plenty of movies for the family traditionalist. First and foremost, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is one of the most beloved Christmas movies ever. It’s a light-hearted film that’ll bring a smile to your face and teach the entire family an important lesson. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is another classic because it has the ability to open people’s eyes to see the truth and blessings in their own lives.
As humans, we all hold on to a little piece of our inner child and Christmas offers a variety of films to bring it out. “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” warms viewers’ hearts while reminding them of old, animated friends from childhood. Another movie that brings out the child in viewers is “Santa Buddies.” It’s about a group of dogs that figure out the true meaning of Christmas.
So, whether your viewing party is filled with kids at heart or total Scrooges, there’s always enjoyment to be found in a collection of holiday films. Happy viewing!
By Cassandra Buckman, student reporter
Thomas County Central High School