Op-ed: Best Christmas movies to watch for the holidays

Marina Gonzalez, News Editor

Christmas is around the corner and this is the perfect time to start decorating and immediately start watching Christmas movies for the holidays.
This is my favorite time of the year because Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and it is only a month away. I also love watching Christmas movies early because they are my favorite kind of films.
The holidays may be different this year because the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to go visit family for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Families can still find the comforts of Christmas by watching some of the best Christmas movies at home.
One classic Christmas movie to watch during the holidays is the 1983 film “A Christmas Story”.
The film is about a young boy named Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) who dreams about getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas but struggles to hold onto his hopes of getting one because many people contend it is not safe. Everyone from his mother to a shopping mall Santa tells him, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
In addition to Billingsley, Jean Shepard who wrote the story upon which the movie is based provides the narrative as the voice of Ralphie, and Melinda Dillon as Mother Parker.
This film is my number one favorite Christmas movie because it is my family’s holiday tradition to watch the 24-hour marathon on TV. It’s one of the best movies we love watching during this time of the year.
Another Christmas movie to watch is “Home Alone.”
This film is about an 8-year-old boy named Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), who is left home alone by his family when they left for a family trip to Paris, and he tries to protect his home from two bandits trying to break in.
It’s one of my favorites because every time I watch this movie it makes me laugh so hard, especially the parts when the bandits kept getting hurt by the traps Kevin set up in his house to keep safe.
The film also stars Joe Pesci as Harry, and Daniel Stern as Marv, who are the wet bandits.
One last film to watch this holiday season would be the 1994 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”.
This film is about a 6-year-old girl named Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) who has trouble believing in Santa Clause until she meets a man named Kris Kringle, who looks like the real Santa and is hired to work at her mother’s store of Coles.
The film also stars Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins.
This movie is also one of my favorites because I grew up watching it every time it was on TV and I would also watch it every time I stayed at a family friends’ house. Richard Attenborough was also one of my favorite actors, and I loved the way he portrayed Santa Clause in the movie as well.
Whether it is Christmas time or not, watching Christmas movie favorites is a great way to celebrate Christmas and to spend time with family during the holidays.