I really love Christmas. For obvious reasons, I love it because its Jesus’ birthday, the day God gave us His only Son, the Word made flesh. But the culture of Christmas that has evolved over the years is extremely special. My favorite decor are snowflakes and snowmen (and snowwomen). My favorite song is “Mary, Did You Know?”, but a close second is “Christmas Shoes”. Even though it’s really sad. Something that has really grown with the season is the movies that represent it. I asked my sister, my siblings-in-law, and siblings-in-law-in-law what their favorite Christmas movies are.
My favorite is How the Grinch Stole Christmas released in 2000, starring Jim Carrey. Honestly, my favorite part of it is the song “Where Are You Christmas?” The new movie, Noelle, on Disney+ is also super cute. Ocean prefers the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas because it reminds her of reading Dr. Seuss books in school. She also realized that the people of Whoville were so welcoming and forgiving, like her friends, family, and, of course, the birthday boy, Jesus.
Christmas is featured in films in a variety of ways. Donald told me that his favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard because “it has explosions, and it takes place during Christmas.” Spencer‘s favorite is A Christmas Story because “it’s a very traditional uplifting movie for Christmas.” Steven‘s favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and said, “my dad and I think it’s one of the funniest movies.”
My sister, Ate Erin, said she likes The Santa Claus, starring Tim Allen, because “it’s a fun way to represent the spirit of Christmas passed down generations. And it’s one of the few movies where I also like the sequels.” On the other hand, Kuya Paolo, likes Home Alone, for “how they portray that its possible to be lonely even when you’re surrounded by people.”
The most popular movie amongst the family is Elf, all for different reasons. Ate Mawi likes it because it teaches you “you’re never too old to believe” and Mickey because “it’s got your classic comedic moments.” Howard likes that they have a scene where they run through Central Park and this quote from the movie: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
I love getting together with my family and just relaxing with a movie on for Christmas. Hot cocoa, cookies, and all the food that’s made round out the experience. Christmas can be so hectic to the point where all I want to do is slow down. As I write this, I’m watching Noelle and thinking about getting up to eat more cheesecake. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you are able to take the time today to slow down, relax, and watch a good movie.