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A holiday season filled with movies

With the Christmas season approaching festive films are on top of many watch lists
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Christmas movies ranging from Die Hard to Home Alone are being watched by many all across the country this holiday season.

As the Christmas season approaches the annual debate of the best Christmas movies begins. Everyone knows the classic Christmas movies such as Home Alone One and Two, A Christmas Story, Elf, Christmas Vacation, and Christmas with the Kranks. There are some movies that people debate are Christmas movies such as Die Hard, Harry Potter, and Rise of the Guardians. My Top 10 Christmas movies in no order are “Christmas Vacation”, “Home Alone”, “Home Alone 2”, “Mickey Mouse Once Upon a Christmas”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “A Christmas Story”, “Polar Express”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph”, and “A Christmas Carol”. 

At the Number 10 spot in my Christmas movies list, I have “Charlie Brown Christmas”. ACharlie Brown Christmas” is a story about how Charlie Brown is stressed about all the materialistic things about Christmas. He is the director of the school play, but this stresses him out even more and when he watches his Christmas tree fall, he goes to his friend Linus trying to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This movie was made in 1965, so it is older and has an older style of cartoon kind of similar to “Mickey Mouse Once Upon a Christmas”. If you want to feel Christmas from the bottom of your heart I would highly recommend you watch this movie.

Following up “Charlie Brown Christmas“ I Have “A Christmas Carol” at the number 9 spot. This is a movie about a cheap, old, and miserable man named Ebeziner Scrooge who hates Christmas and is always in a bad attitude. Throughout the movie, Scrooge is visited by ghosts who teach him about the meaning of Christmas and what it means to have a loving heart. This movie is kind of scary but is still good and is a good watch if you need some Christmas joy.

Following up on a deeper meaning move of “A Christmas Carol” I have “Frosty the Snowman” at the number 8 spot on my list. This is a movie about how some school kids build a snowman and find a top hat and the snowman comes to life. One professor learns about this magic hat and makes it his mission to get the magic hat. This is also a movie that is good for children or nostalgia. 

This is the first live Christmas movie on my list and one of the best in this category number 7 on my list is the movie “Christmas Vacation”. This is a movie about how a dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) tries to show his wife and kids a fun-filled and old-school Christmas. His wife and kids have a hard time buying into this Christmas idea. But one day before Christmas Clark’s extended family takes over his home and his big Christmas plan starts to fade out of vision. I like this movie and think it is a must-watch Christmas movie. If you like comedy movies, this is a movie for you.

At the number 6 spot on my list, we have another very exceptional childhood movie “Rudolph”, a movie about how a reindeer is born, but he is born differently. He was born with a red nose. The reindeer treat him differently and he makes friends with the other elves and a miner named Cornelius. They then go on a Christmas adventure. I love this movie and enjoy watching it every year.

Next up on the list at the number 5 spot we have “Polar Express”, this is a movie about a young boy who is starting to doubt the existence of Santa and is losing his Christmas spirit. One early morning a train appears at the front of his house. He then takes a wild adventure to the North Pole where he learns the true meaning of Christmas. This movie is a perfect movie to watch for kids and people who want to take a trip down memory lane.

The next movie is the first “Home Alone” and is number 4 on my list. The night before their family trip to Paris, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) decides to act up and gets sent upstairs to spend the night in the attic alone. The next morning the Macallister family is late to the airport for their trip to Paris and while they are in a rush, they forget about Kevin. He then wakes up later that morning and realizes that his family left him and he has the entire house to himself. Later that evening though little does Kevin know, that two criminals have a plan. Once again this movie is a classic and I think this movie is better than “Christmas Vacation” and is in the top three of all movies. 

Following up on one of the best Christmas movies of all time we have one of the most underrated Christmas movies ever: “Mickey Mouse Once Upon a Christmas” which takes the spot at number 3 on my list. The movie shows Christmas stories from classic Mickey Mouse characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald and Daisy Duck. Many people don’t even know about this movie because it is an older film and was never really pushed out by Disney. If you have little siblings or just love old-style cartoon movies I would recommend adding this to your Christmas movie watch list.

At the number 2 spot on my list, I have “Home Alone 2”. This movie is very festive and shows a Christmas adventure “Home Alone 2”. This movie plays off the first “Home Alone” and is once again about Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) getting separated from his family. Unlike the first “Home Alone” This film takes place in New York City because Kevin got on the wrong flight and ends up in a big city all alone. Kevin explores the city, but while he is doing this he runs into some old enemies he made in the past.

Finally, at the number 1 spot, I have “A Christmas Story” which is about a boy named Ralphie who spends most of his time during the Christmas season dodging bullies and dreaming of the one thing he wishes he could receive a Red Ryder BB gun. Ralphie is also always getting yelled at by his cranky dad but is comforted by his loving mother.

This movie is a classic and gets you really into the storyline as well as the characters.

Overall, each one of these movies is good in their ways, but some are better than others. In my personal opinion, I love movies about the Christmas spirit along with movies that have deep meanings and some adventure. During this holiday season, I would highly recommend you watch at least one of these movies on my list.

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Wyatt Carmichael, Staff Reporter
Wyatt is a junior at Millard West and beginning his first year on the CATalyst staff. In his free time Carmichael likes to create sports videography and photography and spend time outdoors with family and friends by fishing, hiking, riding bikes and waterfowl hunting. Wyatt loves spending time watching high school, college and professional sports. Whenever Wyatt is watching sports he enjoys cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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