For a lot of people, Christmas means lots and lots of movies. Mainstream networks get ready to pump out all their originals and major motion pictures herald in the New Year in a big way. However, everyone knows that you need to stick to the classics and, below, are just a few that never seem to get old.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
George Bailey – played by the late-great Jimmy Stewart – is a man about to commit suicide when he experiences some
One of the main reasons It’s a Wonderful Life holds up so well even after half-a-century is because of the message. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also feel pretty lonely for some people. It’s nice to know that you’re never truly alone and It’s a Wonderful Life proves it.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
When Donner’s wife gives birth to Rudolph, the two are greeted by another surprise – a shiny red nose. At first, Rudolph tries to hide his difference from the other reindeers but, when it gets to be too much, he leaves on a journey filled with wacky characters.
Ultimately, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer touches upon some very important issues of growing up including peer pressure and accepting other people’s differences. We’ve all heard the famous song about the famous red-nosed reindeer, but this stop-motion classic continues to delight audiences young and old with the “real” story behind it all.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Ever the introspective youth, Charlie Brown desperately searches for the true meaning of Christmas instead of playing and decorating like all the other kids. Much to his frustration, the meaning eludes him no matter how fervently he seeks it out…until his friends come together to show him the true meaning – fellowship.
Pretty heady for a kid’s cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas remains as one of the quintessential holiday classics. Peeling back the veneer of holiday commercialism and secularism, this animated classics cuts straight to the heart of it all. The reason for the season isn’t gifts or pretty decorations – though they are nice – it’s good will and peace for your fellow man.
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story is pretty self-explanatory, no? Obviously, there’s more to it. It’s the story of Ralphie and his family, struggling to have the perfect Christmas. Unfortunately, the harder they try, the worse things get until it all boils over in one merry train wreck.
Truth be told, A Christmas Story is one of those classics that really resonates with people because of how accurately it portrays the chaos of the holidays. As nice as the season can be, it can also be quite a handful when it comes to organizing get-togethers and providing for your loved ones. Sometimes it’s not always ideal or even what we’re expecting…and sometimes that’s not such a bad thing.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
There are as many versions of the Charles Dickens classic as there are days in December and, probably, then some. However, few come close to the charm and fun that The Muppet Christmas Carol brings. Not to mention Michael Caine delivering the performance of a lifetime as the iconic Scrooge.
The Muppet Christmas Carol is another quintessential Christmas classic because of how effective it is at reminding us of the real reason for the season. It’s all about the good you can do for others and the fellowship felt with those you love. Christmas is about more than gifts and flashy lights, and films like The Muppet Christmas Carol and others like it continue to hold up even to this day because of this message.