Films make holidays 'fa-la-la' festive

Sunday , December 24, 2017 - 12:00 AM

TX. Correspondent

Christmas may be LITERALLY just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to cram in a few more of the best Christmas movies ever made before Santa comes down your chimney.

There are five — well, technically six — Christmas movies that, in my opinion, make Christmas, Christmas.

1. “Elf” (2003): Who doesn’t love seeing Will Farrell running around in yellow tights and a green elf suit, putting syrup on everything and, overall, behaving like 12-year-old boy? I know I love it. Christmas isn’t Christmas until I see a flash mob of carolers in Central Park helping Santa’s sleigh fly. “Elf” is HILARIOUS, and definitely worth making your must-watch list for Christmastime.

2. “Home Alone” (1990) and “Home Alone 2” (1994): If you love the “Saw” franchise, but you also have little kids, the “Home Alone” movies are definitely for you. After being left at home for a week by his irresponsible parents and awful extended family, an adorable 10-year-old Macaulay Culkin (Kevin) relentlessly tortures a couple of petty thieves by electrocuting them, burning them, hitting them with paint cans and metal bars, and literally setting their heads on fire. (I promise it isn’t as demented as it sounds.) Despite the movie’s rather messed-up premise, it ends up being a funny, heartfelt Christmas film for any family who is OK with some PG-13 violence in a PG movie.

3. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994): Despite some negative reviews, this edition of “Miracle on 34th Street” is a must see. Richard Attenborough is a very jolly Kris Kringle, which makes this movie particularly festive. Unfortunately, it also makes it all the more devastating for kids when he is first put on trial by the evil department store people. Nonetheless, this is a CLASSIC Christmas movie that everyone should see.

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4. “The Polar Express” (2004): This amazing film stars Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, and special guest star Tom Hanks. No, I didn’t fall asleep on the keyboard; Tom Hanks plays six people in this movie, from the main Hero Boy to Santa Claus himself. “The Polar Express,” based on a book of the same name, has amazing visuals, a great story and clever humor. I actually watch this one multiple times throughout the Christmas season, and sometimes even out of the Christmas season.

5. “Die Hard” (1988): There are those who think “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie, and those who are wrong. Iconic one-liners, a great villain and an awesome story make “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, my favorite of the movies on this list. This is a great one to watch all year round, but ESPECIALLY at Christmastime. That being said, you might want to put the kids to bed, get an edited version, or memorize where the swear words are and loudly cough over them or distract your kids with chocolate.

Choose your favorite — or pick one of your own — and enjoy a holly, jolly Christmas with a little help from the world of film.

Cami Crimin is a junior at Northridge High School. She loves to write, draw, paint and cook, and finds true crime super interesting (nothing too gory, though, because that’s gross). She has two cats and is very sarcastic. Email her at

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