Merry movie marathon: Five classic film suggestions

LONGER nights and shorter days for the winter solstice. Isn’t it just perfect to cuddle and watch some of the most-loved movies best for the Christmas season? With only five more days before Christmas, here are five must-watch Christmas movies for everyone. Have a merry movie marathon!

Home Alone (1990). Who doesn’t know this classic movie? Being home alone is both a curse and a gift which has haunted many kids. Despite the obvious freedom that Kevin McCallister was able to experience after being left alone by his parents and 11 other siblings, nobody wants to be left home alone like him especially on Christmas, which makes this movie the best Christmas companion. Try to review some of the tricks that were employed by Kevin to try and evade the goons who tried to kidnap him and see the good that lies within each person. The whole “good karma, bad karma” concept is a revolving and controlling idea in the movie which was exaggerated but was nevertheless a very accurate summarization that good will always win especially in this season of giving and sharing.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). This Christmas hater has ironically become quite a Christmas symbol. With his green bearded face unlike Santa Claus, the Grinch was out to destroy Christmas by stealing all the gifts and throwing them off a cliff. With the help of a little girl named Cindy Lou, the Grinch, as well as the people of Whoville, gets to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. With this fantastical movie derived from a children’s book, we get to rediscover within ourselves the true meaning of Christmas which has been buried underneath the many layers of expensive gift wrappers.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Even the undead have a serious excitement for Christmas, which just goes to show that Christmas is truly a season for everyone. Tim Burton’s animated film features an out-of-the-box concept revolving around the question: “What if instead of Santa, Halloween’s Jack O’Lantern was in charge of Christmas?” People would probably prefer that the Grinch threw their gifts off a cliff.

Elf (2003). No one is ever too old for this movie, just like how Buddy was never too old to believe in Santa. Rediscovering ourselves like the main character in the story is always the first step before being able to share and give love. As we journey with the child-like Buddy in realizing his real roots having discovered that he’s human and not an elf (which was quite obvious, really) we also rediscover that kindness and simple honesty are some of the few things that get lost in the “adult world.” And that Santa is a Christmas symbol which helps unify the growing isolation of people from each other all over the world.

Dennis the Menace (1993). This little trouble-making machine is as adorable as he is dangerous for being clumsy and an all-out Christmas blessing (which is short for destroying the Christmas tree, spilling milk and cereal all over the floor and sending an old man to the hospital in many ways). Christmas won’t be complete without seeing the adorable Dennis in action.

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