After quite a strange year, December is finally here. Lights and trees are being put up, holiday songs are being played, and the seasons have changed yet again. As we snuggle up around the fireplace with hot cocoa in our hands, here are some lists of Christmas movies to watch before the end of 2020.
First on the list, we have the 1990 classic, “Home Alone.” This movie is a must-see every year. This comedic family film follows the McCalister family preparing for a Christmas trip to Paris. In the process of getting everything ready for the trip, they wake up late the next day and rush to the airport, forgetting one of their sons behind. Trouble ensues as Kevin, the left behind son, has to deal with some challenges while left…home alone. “Home Alone” is a classic movie that brings laughter to the audience and teaches a moral lesson along the way. The important note to take from this film is that Christmas is not all about the presents, but the cheerful moments we experience with the ones that we love.
Second on the list, we have the 2000 family-friendly movie, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The plot revolves around an outcasted green creature who has always hated Christmas due to a situation that happened when he was younger. This movie teaches both kids and adults that looks shouldn’t be a reason why we shouldn’t try to be positive towards a person in need. Regardless of who we are, Christmas is a time when everyone should come together no matter how green or blue we look. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a simple reminder that appearance shouldn’t be a reason to exclude or inflict hate upon others. This message is an important one to me because there was a time in middle school when a classmate of mine held a birthday celebration and chose not to invite me out of the girls within our friend group. Yes, I did feel some type of way then, so think of how exclusion could affect someone during the holidays.
Third, we have a childhood favorite, “The Polar Express.” The night before Christmas, a little boy becomes skeptical about the existence of Santa. Struggling to fall asleep, he goes outside after hearing a sound and witnesses a conductor who introduces the polar express as it journeys to the North Pole. For a 2004 production, the animation in this film takes first place for its gorgeous scenes. Everything from the scenery to the people all looks so realistic. The message as well holds a deeper meaning. Christmas is a time when we should embody the holiday spirit and always believe regardless of how things may appear. Christmas is a time for spreading hope and cheer to others that may need it.
Last on the list is the 2009 film, “A Christmas Carol.” This classic Christmas tale tells of an old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by a ghost who warns him about how his greediness could lead to his own misery. This movie teaches about how selfishness and greed can ultimately lead to us being alone, which is a nice reminder for all of us to be a little kinder to each other during this holiday season and beyond.
Christmas is a holiday when we spend our time with friends and family. It’s a time to be thankful for what we have that others may not. It’s a time to show kindness towards those who may be alone and have nowhere to go or call home. These four movies do a great job of delivering these messages and reminding us each year that we should cherish what we love. We should show kindness towards others because the power of love we have for each other is what brings us together and makes us strong. So, grab some popcorn (or other holiday treats) and sit down to watch some of these classic Christmas movies with your family as we prepare to welcome in the new year.
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