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The Best Christmas Movies; Controversial or Correct?

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Annemarie Mullet

As Christmas arrives, each family will decorate their house for the upcoming season. Cookies are baked, presents are wrapped, and the annual holiday traditions reenter the world. While each family has their own way of celebrating, the neverending debate will always remain present — the best holiday movie to watch during the season.

Although there are hundreds of options, I’ll narrow it down to just a few so the holiday decisions are easier when scrolling through the TV tonight.

Starting in the fifth spot, the Christmas classic, “Charlie Brown Christmas.” No matter what movie review or holiday, Charlie Brown will always deserve a spot in the Top 5. In this version, Charlie Brown is overwhelmed by the constant ads and consumerism during Christmas and hopes to find another (and deeper) meaning to Christmas itself. And who doesn’t love Snoopy on their TV during Christmas time?

In fourth, we have “The Grinch,” a well-loved film by everyone. Not to get confused by the 1996 classic, the one I am referring to is of course the 2018 movie. With a soundtrack full of adored songs, including Tyler the Creator’s newest rendition, it is a movie that never gets old. With the same directors as “Despicable Me,” the movie shows a light-hearted and funny version of the classic that every kid knows growing up.

Third place holds the movie I have loved since I was a child, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” A movie that I am sure is not known to many, this is a claymation classic that follows Santa Claus and his rise to fame, and Christmas. As expected, the movie is based on the hit song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Unlike the other films on this list, this movie uses stop-motion, a form of filming that allows people to move the characters around, and record small clips each time. This musical is loved by many and deserves to make a comeback this holiday season.

Second remains one of the most well-known Christmas movies of all time, “Elf.” What hasn’t been said about this movie, I am positive anyone reading this will know the famous movie. With Will Ferrell as the star of the show in this movie for any age, it tells the story of Buddy the Elf, and his journey from the North Pole to the mystical place called “New York City.” Some viewers will put this movie at No. 1 every time but others, lower, with the amount of times this has been shown at any Christmas party. I am not tired of it yet, so for now it will stay in its well-deserved spot.

And last but not least, the movie in first place for the Christmas holidays is “Home Alone.” Not to be confused with the movie’s many sequels, but the original will continue to hold a special place in my heart. Centered around Kevin McCarthy’s journey in his house after his parents left him home alone for Christmas, this movie will have you crying with laughter. To defend his home, Kevin must set up a series of elaborate traps for robbers hoping to break into his home, and he is determined to defend his home with honor until his parents return.

Whatever movie you might pick tonight, tomorrow, or for the rest of the holidays, it is hard to go wrong with any Christmas movie. Happy viewing this Christmas!

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Tori Schuller, News Editor
Tori is a junior political science and journalism double major. She is from Whidbey Island, Washington, and is on the golf team here at Linfield. In her free time, she loves to hike, paddle board, and go to concerts. She hopes to improve her journalism and writing skills from this experience on the Linfield Review. After graduating, she hopes to travel the world and spread the stories of every person she meets.
Annemarie Mullet, Managing Editor

Annemarie Mullet is a senior from Kirkland, Wash. She is a digital arts major and creative writing minor. Annemarie also works at the Writing Center and in the digital art lab. When not working or doing school, Annemarie can be found doing art, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her ESA bunny, Mocha.

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    Raymond L. SifdolDec 29, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    None of the movies mentioned in this article have anything to do with the original intent of Christmas, and absolutely nothing to do with the founder of Christianity. However, all of them are suitable for the ancient pagan Roman festival of The Saturnalia which has been “resurrected” and replaces the idea of Christmas, also know as “The Holidays”. Otherwise, the article is well written.

    Raymond L. Sifdol (Senior)
    Linfield College Class of 1961

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