Holiday Movies Return For Wintertime


photo by Zoe Chung

Beloved holiday movies make their comeback

by Zoe Chung, Staff Writer

The frigid cold of winter brings along the holiday spirit, and with it, holiday movies. Christmas films have long been a tradition of the holidays. From the beloved Home Alone, a comedy film directed by Chris Columbus to How The Grinch Stole Christmas directed by Ron Howard, individuals share their spirit with their friends and family. 

Home Alone, a film detailing 8-year-old Kevin McCallister’s experience at home, all by his lonesome, after being forgotten by his family as they leave for the airport for a trip to Paris during the Christmas season. He initially believes that his wish–to have no family–has been fulfilled once he awakens to an empty house, after having quarreled with his family in the night prior to his dilemma. His joy wears off once he realizes that two burglars are plotting to break into the McCallister residence. He must come up with a plan to counter their attempts and protect his home all by himself. Kevin sets elaborate traps to throw the burglars off their tracks. He later realizes that happiness does not stem from being separated from those you love, and grows to appreciate his family. This film is a favorite worldwide for the holiday season and one that can be recommended to an audience of any age.

The movie The Polar Express is another fan favorite that brings nostalgia to a wide range of people. It starts off with a boy who catches a train ride to the North Pole, doubtful of Christmas magic. As the film progresses, his imagination sustains his faith and goes through extraordinary experiences throughout the train ride. He navigates through his life and eventually reaches self-discovery. This classic film features the magical world that fades as individuals grow into adulthood, and is beloved by many.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, originally written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 and later developed into a movie by Ron Howard is the epitome of Christmas spirit. This movie stars the Grinch, a social recluse who resides at the top of Mount Crumpit, on the outskirts of Whoville. He decides to destroy Christmas for the jolly residents of Whoville. The Grinch sneaks into the town on Christmas Eve and steals the presents from each household, hoping to ruin the perfect image of Christmas. However, he discovers a hiccup in his plan, when he hears the citizens of Whoville continue to sing with Christmas spirit. He learns that Christmas is not based on receiving gifts. Once stricken by this realization, he saves the gifts just before he is about to push them off his mountaintop. His bitter and cold heart grows in size as he becomes the bearer of Christmas spirit.

There are many more holiday films that are cherished by families and individuals globally. Holiday films are extremely enjoyable and bring the warmth of the Christmas spirit to many hearts. Holiday movies will continue to be a major factor throughout the holidays.