Classic Christmas Movies

Jason Bryant, Contributor

It’s that time of year for classic Christmas movies. Here’s a rundown of my favorite seven. Be sure to check them out; they’re sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

A Christmas Carol (1938 & 1984): The original film is in a sense the first Christmas film; the somewhat newer version produced in 1984 brought the story back to life. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge and his ways of ruining Christmas. One night, the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future come and show him his wrong doings of Christmas and how to create a Christmas miracle.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946): This Christmas classic was done not to long ago by HHS Productions. The movie entails a confused father during the Great Depression who wants to end his life because he thinks he is ruining everyone else’s. However, an angel shows him how wonderful his life actually is and how much he helps the people throughout his life.

Miracle On 34th Street (1947): The movie shows the holiday experience from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The story is about a man who claims to be Santa Claus after he plays Santa in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. When he meets the event director from Macy’s department store, he finds that she has no beliefs in Christmas and teaches her daughter to be the same way. So, the man goes before the court to prove that he is the real Santa.

Holiday Affair (1949): Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh, the film is considered one of the first romantic-comedy films to be ever made. The film follows a widow who tries to find true love during Christmas time and goes through romantic challenges with her fiancé and a stranger she met in a park.

Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer (1964): This famous TV movie stars the beloved Rudolph. As the song goes, Rudolph is made fun of. However, when Santa Claus cannot go out on Christmas due to a blizzard, he relies on Rudolph to get him through the blizzard with his shiny nose.

The Year Without Santa Claus (1974): This classic is still shown on many TV networks. The film shows what would happen if Santa Claus took a break on Christmas. When that happens, two elves and Vixen must make the town of Southtown have their first snow. However, Heat Miser and Snow Miser are in disagreement about whether or not that should happen.

Home Alone (1990): This classic just hit its 25th release anniversary. The storyline includes a child who gets left home alone and there are men who try to rob his house. The child goes through challenges of keeping them out of his house in this amazing comedy.