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Christmas Classics

by harry white


        Everybody loves bundling up over winter break watching the classic Holiday movies. Nothing beats staying in while the snow is falling, watching Cindy Lou who inspired the Grinch, or Ralphie get kicked down a slide by a mall Santa Claus. But which movies are best?

The Christmas Story: 8 out of 10 

        This Christmas classic, from 1983, is about Ralphie Parker and his desire for a Red Rider BB gun “with a stock, and a compass and a thing that tells time.”
The movie covers Ralphie’s last few days before winter break until Christmas night. TBS loves this classic so much they play the movie for 24 hours straight starting on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. This movie is a timeless Christmas movie, just don’t shoot your eye out. Though the movie seems random at times, it shows the quirky tale of Christmas with the family. A great movie that leaves you smiling.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original): 9 out of 10

        One of Dr. Seuss’ most successful works, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been shown annually for almost 50 years. The cartoon was made in 1966 and told the story of not a “Who”, but a “What” called the Grinch, who lived in a mountain above Whoville. The Grinch decides he is going to steal Christmas and is almost successful in his plan, that is until the Whos show him the true meaning of Christmas. Not only is it a great movie, but it has a great narration done by the late, great Boris Karloff.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: 10 out of 10 

        Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang is brought to life in this classic from 1965. The movie was never released, but I know that its one Christmas movie I will never miss. When Charlie Brown “ruins” the Christmas Pageant, the gang realizes that Christmas is not about all the bells and whistles, but the true Christmas story. This is a timeless classic that shows no matter how commercialized Christmas becomes, there are still movies to show the holiday’s true meaning.  

Elf: 7 out of 10

       Will Ferrell’s “Elf” was a hit when it hit theaters in 2003. The story follows Buddy the elf, a human raised in the North Pole, who must go New York to find his real father who is on the naughty list. Elf is a hilarious fish-out-of-water tale, and it is in my opinion, one of Ferrell’s best. Honestly, if you could pick anyone to save Christmas, why not Ron Burgundy?