By Myles Goldman
The holidays, that time of the year when we start playing Christmas music that we “like” and wait for the big man in the red suit to stick presents under a tree. I know Christmas is still a good amount of time away, but I’ve compiled a list of movies to help the time pass.
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a classic, there’s no other way to put it. Originally airing on December 6, 1964, the story is about a young reindeer who is different because of his nose and is mocked by his fellow stag because of it, but it’s not until the end where Rudolph defies the odds.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
This one is an absolute masterpiece in terms of Christmas movies, because the humor is so relatable. The film, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a story about the father, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), doing his very best to make Christmas perfect. Unfortunately for Griswold, on his way to making the perfect Christmas, he ends up doing things like stapling the sleeve of his shirt to the gutter instead of Christmas lights and locking himself in the attic.
Before Macaulay Culkin became what he is now, he was actually a child star, especially in the movie “Home Alone.” The story of “Home Alone” is about a kid named Kevin McCallister being left home alone after sleeping in past his family’s flight. While alone, McCallister has to fend for his young self by thinking of clever ways to defend his home from two robbers looking to rob the McCallister household.
The older I get, the more odd it feels to see Will Ferrell in a children’s movie. However, the movie “Elf” is one of those movies where you can say, “It just works.” The story of “Elf” is about an elf on a mission to find his biological father in New York City and throughout the movie he finds himself having a hard time adjusting to reality and earning his father’s respect.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
I wanted to save the best for last here as for my fifth and final pick for the top five best holiday movies being “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Imagine doing the same thing day after day until one day you step out of your comfort zone. That’s the story of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The main character, Jack Skellington, (Danny Elfman) is bored of living as a god-like figure in Halloween Town and accidentally opens up a portal to another world called Christmas Town. As Skellington explores Christmas Town, the plot unfolds and brings two almost polar opposite holidays into one.