The Top List: Christmas Movies
It’s Christmas Eve and you’re probably prepping for the big day tomorrow if you celebrate it. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll probably watch some Christmas movies in the next 48 hours. I took to the internet and talked to the MFST team about their favorite Christmas movies and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of answers I got. It’s hard to pick because there are so many! The two that win out to be my top Christmas movies are The Polar Express and It’s a Wonderful Life.
I love The Polar Express because it’s one of those films that I can watch over and over again and it doesn’t lose its magic. The story has a simple message about friendship and keeping the magic behind Christmas even as you age. It also has that hot chocolate song that’s hard to forget. It’s on my list of films to watch today while I wrap presents. One person who responded to my question of “What’s your favorite Christmas movie and why?” had this to say about The Polar Express, “it’s fun and light-hearted and reminds me childhood.”
I was super late to the game when it came to It’s a Wonderful Life, which came out in 1946. It’s a Christmas classic that I didn’t see until about three or four years ago. I immediately added it to my list of favorites. No matter the time period, the message is timely and it just strikes a cord about the impact we have on people’s lives, family, and gratefulness. My best friend says, “It’s such a classic but it’s a heartwarming, feel-good story about what it means to be a good person and how it affects other people.”
Some other movies that I saw in my responses were Elf (because of course), The Grinch, the classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Home Alone 2: Lost in NY, Operation Christmas, Die Hard, and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. One of my favorite responses came from Monique H. who loves The Grinch. She said, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Always loved it as a kid because it was funny, but now that I’m older I can see the messages being portrayed. Treat people how you want to be treated. Even grown old people can ruin a joyous moment when it’s not going their way…how love and affection can make the coldest heart warm, etc. It was a great movie though.”
Some movies remind us of the nostalgia of our childhoods while others remind of us of loved ones that are no longer with us. No matter what you’re watching or how you’re celebrating this year, the MFST team and I send you warm holiday wishes!
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.