By Marco Braschi ‘19
Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, candy canes, and Christmas movies: This is the perfect setup for getting in the Christmas spirit.
In light of Christmas, here is a list of my top 3 favorite Christmas movies.
3.”A Christmas Story”
“A Christmas Story” is a Christmas comedy film that first aired in 1983. The movie is shown through a sequence of anecdotes written by Jean Shepherd. The film tells many tales and stories that Ralphie Parker, the main character, went through during his days as a youngster. For example,in “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie dreams of the “Red Ryder” BB gun. With Christmas fast approaching, Ralphie wishes for the BB gun. Although the idea is rejected by his mother, Ralphie’s father, whom he refers to as “The Old Man,” grants his wish.
Another iconic scene that was featured in the Christmas classic was when adult Ralphie Parker recalls the time when a friend named Flick was “triple dog-dared” to lick a frozen flagpole. We all know how this ended with Flick getting his tongue stuck to the pole while all of his classmates ran back into school for class after recess. “There are so many funny scenes in the movie that make the holidays even more jolly. Whenever it’s on TV, I watch it because I think one of the best Christmas movies,” said my father.
2.”A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Everyone loves Charlie Brown… or so I hope. What’s there not to love?
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a 1965 animated film about Charlie Brown, the main character in the “Peanuts Gang” created and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown is feeling down despite the Christmas season being in the air. In an attempt to raise his spirits, Lucy suggests that Charlie Brown participate in the upcoming Christmas play. This really doesn’t work, leaving Charlie Brown still upset. Eventually, Charlie Brown learns more about the Christmas season, doing things like decorating and picking out a Christmas tree (which doesn’t look all-too Christmassy). The film ends with all the characters singing along to “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing.” My mother said, “This is my favorite because I love the Peanuts and it portrays the true meaning of Christmas. I also love that although the tree is overlooked as it isn’t the ideal Christmas tree, it is loved by all the characters.”
1. “The Polar Express”
“All aboard the Polar Express!”
Coming in at #1 would be “The Polar Express.” First aired in 2004, “The Polar Express” is an all-time favorite of mine, and I am confident in saying that there are many people in the same boat as me. “The Polar Express” is based on the book written by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about the magical train that takes many children to the North Pole on the night before Christmas. The film teaches the lesson of believing during the season of Christmas. The children that are starting to have doubts about the existence of Santa Claus journey to the North Pole.
One of my favorite scenes from the film is the “Hot Chocolate” scene with the waiters practically throwing the mugs of hot chocolate in the train cars. Another one of my favorite scenes is when the main character, a boy named “Hero-Boy” is on the lap of Santa Claus with a bell in his hand. He is told that if he believes, he will be able to hear the bell.
“The Polar Express” is my all-time favorite Christmas movie because of the lessons it teaches. When I first saw the film, I felt some skepticism about the existence of Santa so I could relate. Fast-forward several years, and I make it tradition to watch “The Polar Express” at least once a Christmas season, if not more.
Between you and me, “The Polar Express” is the best, but don’t tell my mom or dad. My dad might have me take down the decorations all by myself, and my mom won’t give me any hot chocolate this Christmas season.