In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch “puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch though of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas he thought… means a little bit more!”
Ever since 1966 when How the Grinch Stole Christmas debuted on for TV, the classic 30 minute specials such as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and A Charlie Brown Christmas have been icons of the holiday season. Holiday movies such as A Christmas Story and White Christmas are also regarded as true classics.
During the holiday season, families and friends crowd around TVs to watch their favorite Christmas programs. These shows, both past and present, allow us to escape from the baking, shopping, and all the hustle and bustle of the season.
This short film, inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, is regarded as a classic because it conveys the true meaning of Christmas and how the holiday isn’t defined by all the presents and material possessions. The show debuted in 1966, so most people have grown up with the story, and that’s why it’s so special to them.
“You can’t beat the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it’s a classic,” senior Matt Hofman said. “It’s a little tradition that I have with my mom to sit down and watch it together every Christmas season.”
Made in 1969, Frosty has since become an icon. This movie is very kid friendly, giving it a massive fan base. The show also displays the age-old values of not becoming too greedy and selfish.
“I like the old Frosty the Snowman because it brings back old memories, and it gets you in the Christmas spirit,” junior Allie Kamphaus said.
The mix between the ideas of a reindeer with a glowing red nose and the time period when animated Christmas movies were flourishing made this seasonal special an instant hit. Made in 1964, Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer tells of a young reindeer that is a little different, but learns to embrace his unique qualities. The inspiring message and heartwarming characters are no doubt responsible for the film’s popularity.
“I like Rudolph because it reminds me of when I was little. My family watched it every year,” sophomore Corrie Sheshull said. “It’s really special to me because it reminds me of when I was young and when my whole family was home.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a special that has stood the test of time. Lots of families have sat down to watch it since it was first released in 1965. A Charlie Brown Christmas tells of Christmas’ true meaning by getting away from materialism of the holidays and spending the season with loved ones.
“I love to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s cute, and it’s a classic,” freshman Shannon Gibbons said. “Classics are better in my mind because everyone watches them and have seen them longer.”
Although released in 1954, this film is still popular among all age groups because of its originality and beauty. White Christmas truly touches all bases with its singing, dancing, and Bing Crosby’s hit performance.
“I like the older movie White Christmas because I would always watch it with my family when I was younger around Christmas time so it brings back good memories,” junior Leah Bartel said.
In addition, there are many newer movies that are more recent and becoming classics. Home Alone, The Santa Claus, Christmas with the Kranks, Elf, and Polar Express are just some of the huge hits that have turned into holiday staples.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the elf. This movie is one of the most popular because of its humorous storyline of a human who was raised by elves, must find his father, and must assimilate into normal life. Watching Elf with the family is an easy way to get into the Christmas spirit. Even though it was only released in 2003, the movie is on its way to becoming a classic for the near future.
“Elf is my favorite Christmas movie. Will Ferrell is hilarious and it’s a good movie to get into the holiday spirit with,” sophomore Zach Baca said.
This is perhaps one of the most comedic movies ever written, but it also portrays an original and creative story line. The story centers around the young Macaulay Culkin, who must use crazy antics to protect his home from robbers after he is mistakenly left home alone during Christmas vacation.
“It makes me laugh with all the unfortunate things that happen to the intruders in Home Alone. I have always loved Christmas, so any Christmas movie is special to me, but Home Alone was one of the first movies I ever watched with my family,” sophomore Mary Ingram said.
Christmas with the Kranks is about couple who plans on skipping Christmas. After their daughter leaves for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank plan to take a cruise on December 25. But when the daughter unexpectedly comes home on Christmas Eve, it will take a miracle to make the night special. This movie is popular over the nation because it not only makes you laugh with its comedic genius, but it also touches your heart.
The Santa Clause is about abusiness man who gets accidently chosen to become Santa Claus. This film follows the man as he struggles to balance his old life with this unexpected career change. The movie has been a success since 1994 because it’s packed with heartwarming events and it inspires people that Santa is real and could be anyone out there.
Based off the book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is a movie that any person would love to bring to life. The movie sticks to the events in the original book along with new twists. The Polar Express is one of the recent Christmas movies that is so widely accepted because of its great themes of friendship and belief in something we all love.
“My favorite is The Polar Express. I love the movie because it is very well done and has a good message. I try to watch it every year,” sophomore Ellen Uhl said.