A Christmas movie for everyone

Emily Fendall-York
Staff Writer

One of the best things to do for the holidays is to sit down with a nice cup of hot cocoa, egg nog or whatever you prefer and watch a Christmas movie with your friends and family.  But, there are always the people who want something new to watch or people who stick to the classic movies. 

For the people who prefer to switch it up every year, some of the newer Christmas movies and shows on Netflix that are worth the watch are: 

  • “The Christmas Chronicles 2”: “Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas”.*
  • “Operation Christmas Drop”: “A by-the-book political aide falls for a big hearted Air Force pilot while looking to shut down his tropical base and its airborne Christmas tradition”*. 
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”: Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him, a once-joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life*. 
  • “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square”: “Seasonal cheer comes to a screeching halt when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land. Can music, magic and memories change her mind?”*.

Some really good and classical Christmas movies on Disney plus are:

  • “The Grinch”: The cold hearted Grinch wants to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville.
  • “Home Alone”: An 8-year-old troublemaker was accidentally left at home by his family for the holidays and must protect his house from a couple of burglars. 
  • “Santa Clause”: When a man causes Santa to fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he becomes magically recruited to take his place.
  • “A Christmas Carol”: An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ novel about a Victorian-era miser (Scrooge) gets a lesson by being taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of Christmas past, present and future.
  • “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas”: A woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays and have to find their way back to them but run into many complications.
  • “Noelle”: “Santa’s daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, gets cold feet”*.
  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas”: The king of HalloweenTown (Jack Skellington) gets tired of the same old Halloween then discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes trouble.
  • “Frozen”: Anna, with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, go on a journey to find her sister Elsa, whose powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle into an eternal winter.
  • “Frozen 2”: “Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll face a dangerous but remarkable journey”*.

Another movie that people enjoy to watch on Christmas is “Elf” where after living a long time at the North Pole, Buddy discovers he’s a human and not an elf and goes to find his real father in New York City. 

“My favorite Christmas movie would have to be ‘Elf’ because it’s very funny but I also like to watch the newer Christmas movies every year,” senior Jonah Mocklin said. “I love watching ‘Elf’ every year. It has been my favorite ever since I was a kid because it just seems the most Christmas-y out of them all and is a classic,” senior Saben Schulfer said.

 Another classic that people love to watch for the holidays is “Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie, being depressed as he sees around him people not knowing the true meaning of Christmas, tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

“I do really like watching new ones every year but I guess one main one that I annually like to watch is ‘Charlie Brown Christmas,’” freshman Autumn Brown said. Freshman Natalie Speidel agreed, “the ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ movie is my favorite to watch every year.”

Senior Trinity Bent said her favorite Christmas movie she watches annually is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” This comedy is about how the Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Also, some good holiday movies that can’t be found on Disney plus or Netflix at the moment are:

  • “White Christmas”: “A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general”*.
  • “The Polar Express”: On Christmas Eve, a young boy goes on a magical adventure on the Polar Express to the North Pole, while learning about the spirit of Christmas, bravery, and friendship. 
  • “Christmas With the Kranks”: “With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute”*.

(* Summaries from Netflix, Disney plus amd IMDb).

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