Childhood holiday movies spark spirit

By Katie Lavelle

Childhood holiday movies are a fun and nostalgic experience during winter break.

Here’s a few of my favorite holiday movies as a kid:

“A Christmas Story”

I hope students anticipate seeing “A Christmas Story” on every channel soon. Even though Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, he has bigger problems to deal with.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, Ralphie wears a horrible, pink bunny suit, sees his friend get his tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole, and his dad wins the famous leg lamp.

It won’t feel like the holidays without hearing “You’ll shoot your eye out” a few times.

“The Santa Clause”

Tim Allen is hilarious in this childhood film. Allen’s character, Scott Calvin, accidently kills Santa and reads a card that says to put on Santa’s suit.

I love this movie because it always brings back funny memories of Allen’s white hair, long beard and the huge stomach he puts on overnight. It’s one of my childhood classic movies.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

This heartwarming cartoon is about a small villain who hides away on Mount Crumpit and despises the cheerful folks of Whoville. After trying to steal Christmas from the people of Whoville, the Grinch learns their Christmas spirit can’t be broken.

The Grinch is a staple of Christmas films. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is one of my favorites because it’s a film that can be watched a million times, but I’ll still get excited every time it’s on.

“Home Alone”

The movie has forever been many childrens’ fantasy and nightmare if ever left home alone. Kevin wishes for everyone in his big family to disappear, but little does he know his wish will happen.

After his family forgets him on their trip, Kevin is left alone to defend his home with traps against burglars.

Many can relate to overwhelming families during the holidays, but can enjoy the heartfelt moments they bring.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Halloween king Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town and decides to take it over in “The Nightmare before Christmas.”

Jack becomes so intrigued by Christmas, he takes over the role of Santa Claus and delivers the presents himsel; however, the presents are twisted and terrifying.

This freaky animated musical sends a shiver down my back, but it’s a childhood holiday movie I love.