By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI – Getting into the Christmas mood is sometimes a challenge, but with these timeless movies, it is impossible not to fall into the spirit of the season.
Elf if the perfect movie to get into the holiday mindset. This hilarious movie starring Will Ferrell follows a human-sized elf on an adventure to New York City to find his birth father. Sophomore Paige Mitsko stated, “It is one of the funniest Christmas time movies. I love Will Ferrell, he is the best!”
Based on the well-known children’s book, Polar Express is great to watch with the family. This movie follows a boy who boards a train to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery and belief in the wonders of Christmas. Senior Alex Detwiler said, “There is a lot of catchy songs. It gives off an Alice in Wonderland type whimsical vibe.”
Another iconic movie is Home Alone. After a sizable family forgets their eight-year-old son at home after they leave for vacation, two criminals try to rob the house. This hysterical movie follows many traps set by this young boy. Junior Grant Minnick stated, “It is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. It is a very well shot movie, and every time you watch it you find something new in it. Also, the acting is great.”
Though not a full-length movie, everyone knows the catchy jingle of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. However, the iconic Christmas special allows people to put a visual to the struggle of Rudolph being an outcast in society. Sophomore Reese McFarlane expressed, “It’s cool how he overcame adversity, and it is very heartwarming to watch.”
Some may be skeptical of the beauty of Christmas. For those people, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the perfect movie. This adaption of Dr. Seuss’s famous book follows a green Grinch who wants to steal all of the Christmas related items from the people of Whoville. However, his plans were spoiled after encountering lovable Cindy Lou Who. Sophomore Maggie Conjelko said, “I loved watching it when I was little. Also, Dr. Seuss is great.”
Some other IHS favorites were A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, and The Santa Clause. Whether people are Christmas fanatics or not, these movies guarantee a heartwarming smile.
[Photo by Adriana Guth-Borowski}
Photo Caption: “Freshman Audra Moore reminisces about her childhood holiday favorite, Home Alone.”