You can already feel it with the sudden drop in temperature and the biting Arctic wind. Christmas is definitely right around the corner! It’s about time to start your holiday preparations. You are probably gearing up for all your Yuletide traditions, like food, games, reunions, and presents. In your mad dash to “deck the halls with boughs of holly,” don’t forget that the true meaning of this season rests on the values of generosity, love, selflessness, and hope.
Now that everyone is winding down in preparation for the year-end, it is the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane by watching wholesome Christmas films in your home theater. Crank up the surround sound system and go on a family bonding trip with these top three wholesome movies that will make your heart tingle and your soul sing.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The original rendition of the “Grinch” tells the story of a social outcast in the city of Whoville. The adopted fellow with strangely green skin was subject to mockery and ridicule at school for his unique appearance. Out of anger for being bullied, the Grinch sets out to an isolated mountain and declares hatred for the jolly season of Christmas. Years later, a naive little girl named Cindy nominates the Grinch as the town’s “Cheermeister” in hopes of re-integrating Mr. Grinch back into society and to ignite his Christmas spirit.
Unfortunately, the Grinch decides it is against his interest and chooses to rob everyone in Whoville of their gifts. The story ends with Mr. Grinch realizing that Christmas is beyond material things. This tale is a wonderful example of how an act of kindness from just a single person, no matter how small, is capable of creating ripples; and that the Christmas spirit transcends worldly possessions.
Home Alone (1990)
The McCallister family sets out for Paris when, unbeknownst to them, their youngest child, Kevin, is left behind. He was sent to the attic the night before as punishment for misbehavior. At the onset, Kevin is delighted to find out that he can do whatever he wants while his family is on vacation. This later takes a turn for the worst as two thieves attempt to rob the McCallister home.
Determined to keep the thieves out of his house, Kevin devises a plan to make it seem like his parents are still home. This film is fun and hilarious, leaving you in stitches. Though it is riddled with the funniest scenes, the film’s underlying message is that Christmas is best when spent with the people we love…our family.
The Polar Express (2004)
On the night before Christmas, a young boy skeptical about the existence of Santa boards a mysterious train. The Polar Express, the conductor said, is the only train leading to the North Pole. The young boy meets a few other kids on the train, and together they discuss their disbelief about Santa.
Eventually, the kids reach Santa’s den where they realize that he is not a figment of their imagination. This animated film story, which revolves around Christmas cheer and the great ol’ Saint Nicholas, is loaded with music and dancing, too. It’s a great watch for people of all ages as it reminds everyone that the true magic of the season rests in the heart.