Favorite Christmas Films

Favorite Christmas Films

By: Kacey Decker

As Christmas approaches quickly, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with some all-time favorite Christmas films?

A survey was sent out to all Duxbury High School students and staff in order to gain insight to holiday favorites around the school. The options were Home Alone, The Polar Express, Love Actually, Elf, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The film with the most support from students and staff was Elf with 40.5% of all votes. This film is an incredibly funny and witty one, which appeals to an audience of all different ages. The movie follows Buddy as he grows up believing he is an elf, but truly begins to realize that he is a human in a world full of elves. If you are looking for a movie that will make you laugh and cry at the same time during the holiday season, look no further than Elf.

The second most popular pick for favorite holiday film belongs to the Home Alone movies with 18.2% of all votes. This is my personal holiday favorite, as it is truly packed with some golden comedy, as well as room for appreciating what is important during the holiday season, which we all could use. The movie revolves around Kevin, who misses the flight to his family vacation. Therefore he is left alone at his house to fight off two criminals, Marv and Harry,  that try and rob his house. If you are interested in watching a film full of painful humor and sneaky traps for catching criminals, any of the three Home Alone movies is right for you.

The next movie in favor of students and staff was the Polar Express with 13.3% of votes. This movie is indeed a classic, and it was always my favorite to watch as a younger kid. This movie can appeal to all audiences, though the targeted audience is children, as the theme of believing with your heart rather than your eyes can speak to anyone. The movie follows the storyline of a train that picks up kids around the world and journeys to the North Pole to see Santa. If you are searching for a movie that is adventurous, as well as heart-felt, look no further than The Polar Express.

The fourth film in popularity was Love Actually, with 5.7% of all votes. This film is a romantic comedy predominantly meant for an older audience. The storyline follows ten different love stories that come together along the way to make for a film that will leave you in tears, wishing for love during the holiday season.

Lastly, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had 5.2% of votes. This childhood animated film has held a special place in the hearts of many since its release date in 1948. The story of Rudolph is centered around him standing out and being teased by the other reindeers for his red nose. In this story the audience is introduced to many other characters who serve as holiday favorites, including the other 8 reindeer. This film is perfect for younger children, as the animation of Rudolph’s journey can serve as an adventure for kids to follow.

In the survey, there was a category of other left open, which gained 17.2% of all votes. This shows that despite popularity, everyone has their own personal favorite films when it comes to the holiday season. Whether it is these five films or not, make sure to fill your holiday season with the holiday movies that you most enjoy!

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