26 | WINTER 2020THE TOP TEN CHRISTMAS MOVIESTO WATCH THIS SEASONBY RACHEL FOSTER1. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFEGeorge Bailey has spent his entire life dedicated to Bedford Falls in order to prevent Mr. Potter, a corruptrichman, from taking over the town. But when his uncle makes a fatal business mistake and Pottercapitalizes on that, Bailey fears that he will take the blame and contemplates death. Believing that otherswill be better off with him dead, Clarence, an angel, visits him to earn his wings and show George howmeaningful his life is. It’s A Wonderful Life is the epitome of a Christmas classic. It’s a story of love,family, and how much you can affect people without even knowing it. It embodies fully the love andwarmth of the Christmas season and what the holidays are genuinely there for.2. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMASCharlie Brown is depressed by the materialism of Christmas, and his friend Lucy suggests that hesteps up as the director of the school christmas play to rediscover the true meaning of the holiday. Hestruggles to take on this role, and tries to improve his spirit by restoring a sad Christmas tree, but reallylooks to his friend Linus to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Not only is its animated style socharming, but A Charlie Brown Christmas has a really simple message: appreciate those around you anddon’t buy into the consumerism surrounding Christmas.
27 | WINTER 20203. HOME ALONEThe McCallister family is preparing for a holiday trip to Paris, France, but make a grave realizationas their flight departs: they left their youngest son, Kevin, at home. While he’s home alone, Kevinunearths the schemes of two robbers, Harry and Marv, who plan to rob his house on Christmas Eve.Armed with his own clever booby traps, Kevin must use his wits to protect the house. Home Alone is ahilarious Christmas movie, and the silly antics of Kevin McCallister seem to never get dull. Upon firstwatch and rewatch, the chase between Kevin and the burglars will never not be funny.4. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1996)The Grinch is heartless and despises everything about Christmas and how the Whos celebrate it.With hatred in his heart, he disguises himself as Santa Claus and goes down to Whoville to steal theirChristmas away. With three adaptations of the story from the Dr. Seuss book, the original animated1996 version is the best one. With fun colors and a great soundtrack, this film never disappoints. It feelsso authentic in a market that has been saturated with such similar Christmas stories.5. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATIONThe Griswold family always seem to be getting themselves into some crazy situations fueled by bad luck,and this bad luck is heightened by the arrival of their extended family for Christmas. Clark Griswold isjust trying to survive the season and make it special, and he hopes that he will receive a Christmas bonusto make the holidays special. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a hilarious family comedy andis easy for those who feel they have a crazy and embarrassing family to relate to. The film relies on ironyto deliver jokes, and it works magic for the film.