With the harsh winter season approaching and finals coming to a close, students will soon have time to binge-watch holiday favorites without having school lingering in the back of their minds.
People’s taste in films usually differ, and friends can have trouble finding a common genre they all can agree upon. But when it comes to holiday movies, “Christmas” seems to be a genre that everyone enjoys.
Here are four old and new holiday films that have something to offer for everyone.
“Home Alone” (1990)
“Home Alone” is probably the only movie that can make children wish their parents left them home for Christmas. This Christmas classic is a movie go-to that can be enjoyed by most millennials. Not only is it a timeless comedy, there is nothing like seeing ‘90s trends and home decor that can remind this generation of their own childhood holiday memories. Not to mention, Kevin McCallister is Macaulay Culkin’s one and only breakout role.
“A Christmas Story” (1983)
“A Christmas Story” can be dubbed as the ultimate Christmas classic. From the fishnet leg lamp, Red Ryder BB gun or pink bunny suit, there are so many scenes that everyone can reference. If you have no idea what these are, please do yourself a favor and watch the movie already. The dysfunctional family dynamic that the film encompasses is actually something that can be related to, in contrast to the elaborate holiday illusions that most movies illustrate.
“Love Actually” (2003)
This Christmas movie has love and heartbreak to offer for those looking for a romantic holiday film. Though the movie is known for being a tearjerker, it also has a lot of comedic relief giving it a good balance. The movie follows nine different love stories that end in different ways, some happy and some not so fairytale endings. This aspect of the movie makes it feel more realistic than a classic love movie.
This unconventional “holiday” film is a not so much of a classic as it is a horror movie, so this one is for when you need a break from the feel good films. The story is based around the European folklore in which their Krampus, comparable to our Santa, says the devilish looking creature will punish children when they misbehave, instead of the American version where kids just get threatened with coal. With Christmas decorations around and a lesson to be learned, this film actually passes as a holiday movie despite its scary aspects.