Holiday movies that never get old


Photo courtesy Kelly Baldwin

Senior Kelly Baldwin settles down after a long day of school to watch one of her favorite holiday movies, Home Alone.

If you’re anything like me, most nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas consist of popcorn, hot chocolate and holiday movies.

This year, I started my holiday movie binge with the 2003 romantic drama, Love Actually. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but it’s just as good each time. Though I’m always open to new winter movies, there are a few classics that never get old.

Home Alone (1990) is definitely high on my holiday movie list. For those of you who haven’t seen it, which are probably few and far between, this movie follows Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) left behind as his family rushed off on vacation. He spends Christmas at home protecting his family home from two robbers. This movie is not only hilarious, it is also well-thought-out and the acting is fantastic.

If you’re looking for an even older movie to watch with family during the holiday season, try A Christmas Story. This 1983 comedy follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) as he dodges a bully and dreams of his ideal Christmas gift. Senior Rozhin Fadae has high regards for this film. “My favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story because my mom, dad, and I would watch it every single year, everyday the week before Christmas. It holds a lot of memories with my family,” Fadae said.

Another Christmas comedy I’m a huge fan of is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). This movie is a slapstick comedy starring Chevy Chase, and follows the dysfunctional Griswold family and their endless Christmas shenanigans. This is one of the movies my family and I watch almost every year.

We also never fail to watch Elf (2003), starring Will Ferrell. In this movie, an elf-raised- human named Buddy leaves the North Pole in search of his father, who resides in New York City. Through its depiction of Buddy’s assimilation into the real world, the reunion between father and son, a budding romance, and a journey to save Christmas, this movie has me smiling and laughing the whole time. Junior Ryan Binder and his family have the same affection for Elf. “My favorite holiday movie is Elf. Every year my family and I watch it while we eat Chinese food on Christmas,” Binder said.

I really enjoy watching The Nutcracker every winter because it is really beautiful with all the dancing and music.

— Waverly Nakashima

Freshman Waverly Nakashima highly recommends The Nutcracker, adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” This movie is for all of you who love singing and dancing. “I really enjoy watching The Nutcracker every winter because it is really beautiful with all the dancing and music. I like the arts so it’s really cool to watch them all come together. It is such a classic and I enjoy watching it everytime,” Nakashima said.

Some holiday classics I recommend for those of you who don’t want to let go of your childhood are Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), Frosty the Snowman (1969), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Polar Express (2004).

If you’re looking for a new holiday movie, there are numerous that have come out in the past few years. The Christmas Chronicles (2018), The Grinch (2018), and Last Christmas (2019) are a few you should definitely add to your list.