Writer likes films of Christmas’ past

BY MEGAN RUGE – STAFF WRITER

Hello, wonderful readers. Welcome to the holiday season. I love this time of year, as I said last week. Yes, Christmas is coming fast. I know many of you will grumble about this, because we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet. If you are like me, the moment Thanksgiving is over you pull out the Christmas films. No fear, these films can be traditionally enjoyed as soon as dinner is cleaned up. So, I have decided to give you a list of must-see Christmas movies. If you haven’t seen them, you should.

In the classic Christmas tale “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch stole Christmas,” we learn how far both a little ignorance and a little love can really go. In the 2000 remake starring Jim Carrey, a boy who is different than the other Whos in Whoville finds out just how hard it is to fit in when people begin to call him the Grinch. As an adult, the Grinch lives on the mountain alone, plotting to ruin Christmas. Both this version of the film as well as the original 1966 film make for good post-Thanksgiving viewing.

“Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, is about a human named Buddy who was raised as an elf. His unusually large size creates problems among the other elves and Buddy decides to find his real family. This light hearted story provides enough humor for the whole family, adult or otherwise.

Realizing that Christmas has become a commercial holiday, Charlie Brown and his friends gather to find that true Christmas spirit in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cast in finding the true meaning of Christmas.

In the first of the “Home Alone” movies, a boy runs into trouble with burglars while home alone on Christmas. Watch as all his mischievous tactics prevent the robbers from getting the upper hand in this comedic Christmas classic.

All aboard! In this classic book, turned into an animated movie, “The Polar Express” follows a young boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Clause on an adventure to discover the meaning of Christmas. Watch to find out who will receive the first gift of Christmas and

what they will ask for.

“You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” In “A Christmas Story,” this famous line reminds us of that crazy kid who really wanted his Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Laugh along with your family as everyone around Ralphie experiences Christmas and the cold while Ralphie tries his hardest to get the present of his dreams.

Happy Birthday! These are the first words of the world’s most famous snowman. In “Frosty the Snowman,” Frosty comes to life one day after the kids who built him find a magician’s hat in the snow. Putting it on his head animates him. Follow the children on their journey to save Frosty from the warmth.

After a special reindeer is born with a bright red beacon for a nose, the community has a hard time accepting him. On his way to find his place in the world, Rudolf meets a lot of new friends in “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” What will happen one foggy night when Santa needs guidance for his sleigh?

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The classic tale of a man who is taking his whole world for granted comes to the big screen. A man wishes he didn’t exist, wakes up in a world where he never did and sees what life would have been like without him.

Bah Humbug! Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and its joy. The classic “A Christmas Carol” Christmas story by Charles Dickens brings us to the past, present and future to show how one person’s actions can ruin their entire life. Scrooge will have to change his ways or face a fate that has no return.