For those of us in college, especially from out of state, the holiday season is the time of the year when we finally return home to spend some quality time with friends and family. And what better way to spend that time than by sitting on the couch and watching Christmas movies.
So without further ado, here are my top five favorite Christmas movies of all time.
No. 5: Jingle All the Way. Some people don’t rank this with other Christmas classics. Those people are wrong. Jingle All the Way has everything I’ve ever wanted out of Christmas: Arnold Schwarzenegger running, yelling and screaming through malls and toys store, and also Sinbad.
No. 4: Home Alone (and Home Alone 2). I’ve never watched Home Alone without immediately following up with Home Alone 2, so you should just do the same to be safe. How many kids tried to get their parents to leave them at home on vacation after seeing these movies? I know I did. Forget about the potential child abuse situation, the theft, and intended kidnapping, I just want to make sweet traps for bad guys.
No. 3: The Santa Clause. It makes me sad to see the train wrecks that were The Santa Clause 2 and 3, because the original was such a terrific film. Tim Allen plays a great, though unwilling, Santa (after he accidentally kills the previous one), and the whole movie is as funny as it is heartwarming. This movie also has my favorite depiction of the North Pole: the elves are all kids, but have hyper advanced technology. I hope that’s how it really works.
No. 2: A Christmas Story. This is one of those movies where I legitimately mourn for people who have never seen it. It’s not only a Christmas classic but an American one as well. The stories in the film have become cultural icons: the Red Rider BB Gun, the Leg Lamp, the fluffy pink bunny suit.
No. 1: Die Hard. Are you going to let dirty, greedy, German terrorists ruin your Christmas? Because John McClane isn’t.