by: Jessica Buettner

Photo Credit: Google Images
Photo Credit: Google Images
Now that the holidays are coming around, it’s time to start trimming the Christmas trees, hanging up the stockings, roasting those chestnuts, making frequent trips to the malls, and wrapping up the presents. With all of these preparations to make for this time of the year, it’s nice to take a break from all of the madness. I like doing this by making a cup of hot chocolate, popping up a bag of popcorn, and watching some good old Christmas movies. If you have a hard time deciding which movie you want to watch, you can take a look at my list of top 5 Christmas movies.

This classic movie is about a young boy who finds himself home alone while his family goes on a trip to Paris for the holidays. He seems to be very happy that he gets to do whatever he wants to for the next few days. This newfound freedom seems to turn into serious business when he seems to discover two burglars are trying to break in to his house. The young boy uses his smart wits to do whatever it takes to make sure that the house isn’t intruded by the burglars. The amount of humor that is played out in the film is great; if you haven’t seen this holiday classic, then I really do suggest you giving it a chance!

This is a sequel to the first home alone movie where it is pretty much the same plot, except the boy gets lost in a different part of the U.S. It seems that the amount of tricks that he plays on the burglars is the same, but it still puts a smile on my face. The boy seems to be stopping the burglars from robbing a toy store in New York that gives back to a children’s organization by donating some of their toys. He uses his wits to stop them from going through with their plan while exploring the odds and ends of New York City in the process. If you love the first Home Alone, then I am sure that you will be able to enjoy this one as well.

Everyone is familiar with the popular children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg and the movie is directed by Robert Zemekis who has based this movie on it. It is about a boy’s magical journey on a train called the Polar Express as it makes its way to the North Pole. Along the way, he meets a witty train conductor, a hobo, a few other kids who are his age, and Santa Claus. He eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas as he tries to believe in the true belief of Santa Claus. The effort of the cinematography and animation is wonderful and there are some parts that would make you feel like you are actually on the train ride with the passengers.

The comedic duo of Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis will get you in that good mood as they try to get by the holidays. With their daughter being away for the holidays, the Kranks decide to use the money they use for the season to go on a cruise to the Caribbeans. The word quickly spreads around to the neighbors and they don’t really understand why the Kranks choose to go on a vacation instead of participating in the holiday traditions. When their daughter comes home unexpectedly, the Kranks have 24 hours to put on a holiday celebration they will never forget! Humor strikes up as they work together to make a holiday celebration happen just as soon as their daughter gets home.

1. ELF
Will Ferrell’s portrayal of an elf is brilliant as he plays a human who is raised by elves when he sneaks into Santa’s gift bag as a baby orphan. He discovers that he is really from New York City and he travels there so he can search for his real father while spreading Christmas cheer at the same time. He meets a lovely girl and he tries to get his real father out of his grumpy, old shell so he can spread Christmas cheer himself. There seems to be no end to the comedic curiosity that Buddy the elf seems to have whilst exploring New York City. This is one of my most favorite Christmas movies of all time and I hope that you all get to enjoy it as much as I do this holiday season.