Staff Picks: Best Holiday Flicks

Its a wonderful life

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It’s a Wonderful Life
Beka Rutledge (Assistant Editor)

The movie that I must watch every Christmas is, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is such a great story about second chances and the true love you get from family. Although the film is in black and white, I think that aspect makes it even more beautiful. It captures all the magic of Christmas. Even though there are some low, slightly depressing portions of the movie, the magic of the giving season still shines through. I am in such a great mood after it has ended. It has a great romance in it between George and Mary. One of the famous lines is, “I’ll give you the moon Mary.” It is a very well told story; the plot flows so well. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, I encourage you to catch it on TV or go rent it. It will be well worth it. And don’t forget, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.

old grinch

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Sam Carter (Opinion Writer)

I’m talking about the original – the cartoon. Not that over-done, high-budget Ron Howard remake. Though I did like Jim Carrey in it, it doesn’t hold a candle to the original cartoon. The scene of the Grinch slithering like a snake under the tree as he steals all the Christmas presents and decorations, stands out when I think of Christmas programming. It only comes on once a year like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” so it is a special event that I plan my night around every year. It embodies the Christmas spirit and helps put me in it every time.

A XMAS story

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A Christmas Story
Tammy Luksich (Sports Editor)

My favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story.” It tops my list because I love all of the characters, especially Ralphie. Watching the movie has been a big family tradition since I was 6-years-old. My dad taught me to shoot a rifle when I was about that age, so I understand the nagging Ralphie felt when his parents continuously told him that he would shoot his eye out. There’s nothing better than sitting at home during the holidays and enjoying a cup of hot cider and watching “A Christmas Story” with my family.

Home Alone

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Home Alone
Jonas Rios (Staff Writer)

I look forward to watching “Home Alone” every Christmas season. It really is an entertaining, funny movie. The robbers crack me up when they are up to no good, and of course the movie has an overall good point of Christmas and family.

new grinch

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The Grinch
Allie Renya (Photographer)

My absolute favorite Christmas time movie is “The Grinch!” Jim Carrey does an amazing job as the Grinch, and my absolute favorite part is when they show the Grinch as a child and is being taunted by all the other children. This is the one movie that continuously plays over and over during the holidays that I will not get sick of. I think it is a very creative portrayal of the original cartoon that the whole family will enjoy.


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Kayla Goodman (Editor)

My favorite movie around Christmas is none other than the infamous “Elf!” I love this movie because, well, I love Will Ferrell. He is one of the funniest actors I have seen, and he makes me laugh all the time. My favorite line is, “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Hahaha. If you haven’t seen this movie yet (even though it’s been out for like 10 years) you should! It will make your holiday season complete! No more Mr. Scrooge this Christmas!

Home alone 2

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Home Alone 2
Georgia Romig (Web Editor)

I’m not sure when it started, but my family started watching “Home Alone 2” for the holidays. It’s not really my kind of movie, but it grew on me over the years… maybe ‘cause I used to be kind of a brat like Macaulay Culkin. Now, it really puts me in a holiday mood. For a comedy, it’s got some really touching moments, especially when the kid gets lost in the Big Apple and reunites with his family. Plus, it’s funny in a corny kind of way.


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Jack Frost
Maria Molina (Staff Writer)

My favorite Christmas movie is Jack Frost because I remember watching it many times when I was a kid. I remember how it made me appreciate my family, especially my dad. It is a very touching story for me because my dad and I are very close, so it made me think about how horrible it would be to lose him. It also made me appreciate him more and made me realize that the times I was mad at him were just a waste of time we could have been together. It also made me think of the days when I was very busy and how I should always have time for him because one never knows what can happen

Polar Express

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The Polar Express
Megan Gerber (Sports Writer)

When I think Christmas movie, I think the Polar Express. It’s the perfect holiday story for every age, and I have to admit that I still get choked up at the end of the film. The animation is great, and who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? I find myself humming the songs from this musical throughout the holidays. This movie gives me the urge to curl up by the fireplace with a big cup of hot chocolate. It definitely will give you the inspiration to believe.


About Sam Carter

Sam Carter is The Prairie's Opinion Writer. He is a senior Ad/Pr major. You can contact him by e-mail.

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