Favorite Christmas Classics [Opinion]

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The holidays are here when you get to partake in the holiday merriment and cheer. Maybe you like to watch a particular movie this time of year, it’s just not the holidays without watching your favorite film. Once you’ve done all your holiday shopping and wrap all those gifts you just lugged into your home. Maybe you made some dinner, treat yo’ self! Sit back and enjoy a movie to make it feel like Christmas!

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

I remember watching this movie every year as a kid, I loved finding out how Santa Claus became Santa Claus! My favorite song from the movie? No, not Santa Claus is comin’ to town but Put One Foot In Front of the Other sung by Kris Kringle and the evil Winter Warlock. I find myself humming that song at times other than Christmas.

It’s a stop motion origin story of Santa Claus, or as he was formerly known as, Kris Kringle. The story is told by a mailman voiced by the great, Fred Astaire and the legendary Mickey Rooney lends his voice as Santa Claus. It was always a staple in my home growing up and I can’t wait to watch this one more time before Christmas is over.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

This film is an all-time classic when it comes to the Christmas films to watch for the season, I only just watched it myself a couple of years ago.

It stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a man desperate to start his life away from the town he grew up in but his good nature gets the better of him every time he tries to make a break for it. Things don’t go so well after some time, so George decides it would be better if he never existed. An Angel then appears to show George how he has better the lives of those around him and what life would be like if he was never born. Spoiler, not good.

Jimmy Stewart
Portrait of American actor Jimmy Stewart (1908 -1997) seated wearing a tan suit, 1940s. (Photo by Getty Images)Featured image credit: StaffGetty Images

A Christmas Story (1983)

I don’t know a person who hasn’t seen this movie, it has given life to so many quotable lines. In case you don’t know what the movie is about, it’s about a young boy named Ralphie whose sole Christmas gift request is a Red Ryder BB gun and how he tries to convince those around him to concede. Those of us who have campaigned so heartily for the one Christmas gift you couldn’t live without as a child will relate to Ralphie’s frustrations in his attempt to get his way.

Zack Ward and Leg Lamp
Zack Ward, a cast member from "A Christmas Story," poses with a leg lamp featured in the film, during celebrations in connection with the release of the "Special Edition DVD Release of A Christmas Story," at the Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ann Johansson)Featured image credit: Ann JohanssonAP Images