‘Tis the Season for Movie Night!


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By Elizabeth DAntonio, Staff Writer

This list is based on responses received from a Google Form to find out the top ten favorite holiday movies of high school students.

10) Scrooged – This 1988 film is a take on “A Christmas Carol” as Frank Cross is a television executive that lost the meaning of Christmas. He is visited by the ghosts of Past, Present and Future to right his wrongs.

9) Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas! – The movie based on the Disney Channel show “Good Luck Charlie” follows the Duncan family’s chaotic Christmas. Teddy and Amy are separated from the rest of the family and have to find their way to the grandparents’ house.

8) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The stop-motion 1964 film is a holiday classic with an alternate origin story for “the most famous reindeer of all”

7) A Christmas Story – Ralphie wants a “Red Ryder air rifle” for Christmas and spends the movie convincing his parents and teacher that it would be a good gift while dodging his bullies and dragging along his little brother Randy.

6) Christmas Vacation – Although Clark Griswold is planning the perfect family Christmas, he spends the movie struggling as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

5) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – The second installment of Home Alone came two years after the original. Kevin loses his father in the airport and accidentally flies to New York instead of Florida where the rest of his family is. He runs into the Sticky Bandits and protects a toy store from being robbed by them right before Christmas.

4) Polar Express – To teach the true meaning of Christmas, the Polar Express runs through the night of Christmas Eve to show kids the North Pole and experience the magic.

3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The live action version of the Dr. Seuss’ children’s book sees the Grinch attempt to steal the Christmas from the people of Whoville, but when he runs into Cindy Lou Who, his attitude towards Christmas starts to change.

2) Elf – When Buddy the Elf discovers he is human and that his father lives in New York, he leaves the North Pole in search of the Empire State Building and to connect with his Dad in time for Christmas.

At number one, the most popular favorite holiday movie is Home Alone! Kevin McCallister is forgotten when his family rushes out to the airport and by the time they realize they are well on their way to Paris. While his mom struggles to find a way back to their house, Kevin actively defends the place when he realizes two con men (the Sticky Bandits) are planning to rob them.