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Timeless Tales: A Nostalgic Dive into Five Classic Christmas Movies

Macey Kenna
Christmas tree display at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, Indiana.

As the holiday season approaches, our hearts naturally turn to the comforting embrace of cherished traditions. Enjoying classic Christmas movies stands out as a yearly activity. These cinematic gems have woven themselves into the fabric of our festive celebrations, offering not just entertainment but timeless lessons and heartwarming stories. So what is on the classic Christmas list? Let’s take a nostalgic journey through five must-see classic films that have become synonymous with the magic of Christmas.


“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” has stood the test of time, captivating audiences with its poignant narrative. The film introduces us to George Bailey, a man on the brink of despair, who discovers the profound impact of his existence through a celestial intervention. The tale explores themes of selflessness, community, and the transformative power of human connection, making it an enduring classic that resonates across generations. The movie is available to stream with a subscription on fuboTV and Amazon Prime Video. To watch for free tune into NBC on December 24th from 8-11pm. 


“A Christmas Carol” (1984):

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of redemption comes to life in the 1984 adaptation starring George C. Scott as the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge. This cinematic rendition skillfully captures the essence of Dickens’ novella, immersing viewers in a narrative that transcends time. As Scrooge encounters the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, the story imparts a universal lesson about the importance of compassion and the possibility of personal redemption. The original film can be rented on Youtube and adaptations of the film can be streamed on Netflix and Hulu. 


“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947):

George Seaton’s “Miracle on 34th Street” is a heartwarming exploration of belief and the magic of the holiday season. The film follows Kris Kringle, a man who claims to be the real Santa Claus, as he endeavors to spread joy and goodwill. Through a charming blend of humor and sincerity, the movie encourages us to embrace the spirit of Christmas and, in doing so, discover the true meaning of the holiday. Stream on AMC, Hulu, and Disney Plus!


“Home Alone” (1990):

A classic film, with equally successful sequels, is Chris Columbus’s “Home Alone” that has become a contemporary classic, blending slapstick humor with a heartfelt story of family and resilience. When young Kevin McCallister is inadvertently left behind during a family vacation, he must defend his home from bumbling burglars using ingenious traps. This holiday favorite is a testament to the power of resourcefulness, family bonds, and the joy of unexpected triumphs. The series can be streamed on Disney Plus. 


“Elf” (2003):

Celebrating its 20th anniversary is Jon Favreau’s “Elf”  that injects a dose of whimsy into the holiday season. It is an endearing tale of Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole. Embarking on a journey to New York City to reconnect with his biological father, Buddy’s fish-out-of-water antics and infectious Christmas spirit have endeared him to audiences. “Elf” serves as a reminder that the magic of Christmas resides not just in the traditions we hold but in the joy we bring to others. Because of its anniversary, many movie theaters are having special playings of the film. Check with your local movie theater or stream on HBO Max or Hulu!


These classic Christmas movies continue to resonate with audiences, serving as cinematic companions that enhance our holiday festivities. As we revisit these timeless tales year after year, we are reminded that, much like the spirit of Christmas itself, these films possess the enduring power to captivate, inspire, and warm our hearts.


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Macey Kenna
Macey Kenna, Staff Reporter
Senior in management with a minor in communication

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