28. Christmas Movies

Movies related to Christmas help to create a fun atmosphere and can also
teach moral lessons related to Christmas. While everyone will have different
Christmas movies that are most enjoyable, there are some that remain favorites.
‘A Christmas Story’ is told from the point of view of a little boy in the
days before Christmas and on Christmas Day. It shows him doing routine things
each day but against the backdrop of the Christmas season with the decorated
store windows, Santa Claus, the snow and frostiness, and of course his wish for
a Christmas toy. But his parents disapprove of the toy that he desired. The
movie is good in showing the innocence of the Christmas season.
‘A Christmas Carol,’ written by noted author Charles Dickens, tells the
story of old Scrooge whose only purpose in life is to make money. Scrooge puts
making money above his family, friends and everyone who cares about him. His
response to Christmas is a grumpy, ‘Bah Humbug.’ He gets a different experience
however, when ghosts appear to him and try to point out the error of his ways.
The movie’s lesson is about the importance of appreciating people in your life.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is a story about hope and the worthiness of
everyone. It tells the story of a man experiencing despair and self-destruction
because he thinks he is of no worth to those around him, and they would be
better off if he didn’t exist. An angel grants him his desire and he gets to see
what he contributes and what life would be like without him.
Every Christmas, ‘A Miracle on 34th Street’ can be seen on television. It
asks and answers the question ‘Is there really a Santa Claus?’ The movie is
about a man who claims to be Kris Kringle, or Santa Claus, but is not believed
and so he has to prove his identity claim.
‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ is about the Griswold family with
Mr. Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, who gets into silly accidents that provide
a lot of humor. The movie shows the lives of the family as they celebrate
Christmas and the difficulties that arise when their entire family comes to
visit for Christmas.
‘Home Alone’ is about a large and chaotic family with lots of kids who are
going on Christmas vacation. Amid the chaos of leaving on the morning of the
trip, one child is left behind and must stay and fend for himself in a very
large house during the Christmas season. At first he was happy to be alone but
then two thieves break in and he has to fight them off. The movie shows the
importance of family and loved ones. A sequel, ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’
tells of the boy who was left alone going to an aunt and uncle’s home and again
encountering the two thieves who are seeking revenge.
‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ was first made as an animation for
television but other versions have since been done as motion pictures. The
Grinch is a grouchy, green man who lives in the mountains above the small town
of Whoville where residents, called The Whos, celebrate Christmas
enthusiastically every year. The Grinch who doesn’t like Christmas wants to
spoil it for Whoville and so he tries to steal all the toys, food and gifts that
The Whos have accumulated for Christmas. The movie provides a lesson on the true
meaning of Christmas.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas is an animated television movie about the
popular Peanuts comic strip. The movie is about the comic strip’s main
character, Charlie Brown, and tells of the experience with his friends for
Christmas. It also has Biblical references that relates to the true meaning of
‘Frosty The Snowman’ is an animated story about a snowman, named Frosty,
that comes to life and who must avoid a greedy musician who is trying to get the
magic that brought Frosty to life. The movie is very funny and has lots of
wonderful songs.
‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is also an animation about the reindeer
with a shiny nose that kisses a pretty girl and also helps out his friends.