Not-so-classic Christmas movies to watch this season

Holidays movies range from the classic Christmas tale to the atypical film starring a bad Santa most definitely on the naughty list. Though dissimilar, there is one thing all Christmas movies have in common: the holiday spirit. Check out this list of films, some classic and some not-so-typical, that embody the Christmas spirit.

“Love Actually” (2003)

This film explores the complications and interrelations between nine different relationships set in London, England. “Love Actually” defines the true meaning of love, and expresses the infinite capacity of one’s adoration during the holiday season.

“The Polar Express” (2004)

Take a train to the North Pole for a magical experience on the Polar Express. This classic will evoke childhood nostalgia as it explores the coming of age process of a young boy in a fantasy world, while provoking the imagination and dreams of children. “The Polar Express’” timeless nature makes it a fan favorite for the entire family.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

One of the most iconic staples of holiday cinema, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a must-see this holiday season. This film delves into the root of what Christmas is according to Charlie Brown: a magical moment where family and friends unite around a meager Christmas tree regardless of their material possessions.  

“Elf” (2003)

An elf by the name of Buddy (Will Ferrell) discovers that he is human, and journeys from his home in the North Pole to New York City in search of his biological family. The characterization of Buddy as innocent and childish allows for adults and youths alike to view Christmas in an enthusiastic manner.  

“Bad Santa” (2003)

Watch a grumbling man (Billy Bob Thornton) along with his colleague (Tony Cox) dress up as Santa and one of his elves in order to accomplish some yearly Christmas thievery in a department store. Though this film strays away from the classic holiday movie, its naughty and dark adult humor immerses the audience and elicits non-stop laughter for the entirety of the film.    

“Home Alone” (1990)

Few children can deny that their parents get on their nerves sometimes. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) does not deviate from this pattern, as his wish of not having a family is fulfilled when his parents accidentally leave him home alone during their family trip to Paris. Though the plot points are far from realistic, the absurdity of the situation further contributes to the charm of this film as a whole. The holiday decorations throughout Kevin’s house liven and intensify the film as he must protect his spirited house by himself on Christmas Eve from his local neighborhood robbers (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).

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