The best movies to watch this Christmas season

Now that it is officially December, everyone is looking to get into the right mindset as the holidays approach. There are tons of movies to enjoy during the season that might be just what you need before Christmas comes around.

  The first movie to consider watching is Elf, a family favorite each Christmas season. This movie follows the story of Buddy the Elf as he leaves the North Pole for the first time to discover who he really is and to find his family. Elf is the perfect light-hearted comedy to make the holidays just a little bit sweeter. If you are looking for a laugh, this is probably the movie for you.

  Another classic Christmas movie to enjoy this winter is Home Alone. In this movie, we follow Kevin McAllister after he wishes he had no family before he and his relatives leave for a Christmas trip. His family mistakenly leaves him behind and he wakes up the next morning thinking his wish actually came true. To complicate things even more, two criminals try to rob his residence and he alone must protect his house from the con men. This movie is also quite comical and is the perfect movie to watch with your family and friends over the holiday season.

  If you are looking for something new to watch this year, and have grown tired of the classic Christmas movies that have been around for years, I have the perfect movie for you. A new rendition of the Grinch just came out a few weeks ago in theaters and instantly put me in the Christmas spirit. A fresh and different take on the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the movie has received a lot of positive feedback amongst a wide variety of viewers.

  To get some insight from students in the school, I asked Junior Bethany Durkin what her favorite Christmas movie is.

  “In my opinion, The Polar Express is and always will be the greatest Christmas classic. It’s a great movie to watch with the family and even as you grow old, it’s still an interesting story. It really captures the magic of the Christmas season,” she explained.

  She also talked about how she believes Christmas classics are part of what makes the season the most wonderful time of the year. Durkin enjoys watching holiday themed movies each year with her friends and her family.

  I decided to ask some of the teachers here at Darby the same question to see how their answers differed. Ms. Hall spoke about her favorite movie and why it means so much to her.

  “My favorite Christmas movie is the Grinch because my parents used to read it to me every night before I went to bed during the Christmas season growing up,” she shared.

  A lot of Christmas movies hold sentimental value for us because we grew up watching them around this time of year.

  Mr. Camp, a history teacher here at Darby, also explained why he believes his favorite Christmas movies are so good.

  “It’s a tie between Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. They’re just good. Both of them are so quotable and you know how I am with quoting movies,” he said.

  After interviewing a lot of students and teachers, it is clear that there is a large pool of favorite Christmas movies across the board. To get into the Christmas spirit this year, try watching a new Christmas movie that you haven’t already seen. You might just find your new favorite!

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