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It’s the most wonderful time of movies and music

Its the most wonderful time of movies and music

Delicate snowflakes fall against the white blanket that lies on the ground outside, coating every pine tree that once was bare.

Just escaping the bitter chill from the outdoor tundra, the mittens and jackets are shed as the snow is shaken off. With water boiling on the oven, the Swiss Miss hot chocolate packet is poured into the Disney coffee mug.

With the coffee mug in one hand and a warm red blanket in the other, my walk towards the TV halts as I stand in front of the DVD holder.

It’s that time of the season again where the holiday movies are taken out, and the question of which one to watch first crosses my mind. With over hundreds of options, the top four I gravitate towards each time are the same every December.

“Elf” (2003): Don’t be a cotton-headed ninnymuggin, and make sure to watch “Elf” this holiday season. This timeless movie stars Will Ferrell (as Buddy the elf), Zooey Deschanel, and other famous actors. “Elf” goes beyond other holiday movies by showing a man’s journey as he realizes he is not an elf, and that his father, living in New York, is on the naughty list. Buddy saves Christmas with the help of friends and family, while helping them regain holiday spirit, and shows that anyone can believe in Santa Claus. “Elf” has enjoyable parts for everyone. “My favorite part is when he’s like, I’m singing…I’m in the store, and I’m singing,” said senior Jon Wolicki.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946): Tears will be shed in this heartfelt classic, as an angel, Clarence, helps a man named George, the main character, realize the true value of life and happiness. This movie received horrible reviews when it first came out in theaters, but now it is considered a classic that has become a part of family’s holiday traditions. Frank Capra, the director of this movie, portrays life in the small town of Bedford Falls during the time of World War 2. The true message of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” comes at the very end when George learns, “No man is a failure who has friends.”

“The Santa Clause” (1994): “The Santa Clause,” takes you on an adventure of a lifetime, as a family debates the truth behind the legend of Santa Claus while trying to bring the family closer. Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, takes on a new challenge as Santa falls off the roof of his house Christmas Eve night, and his life is taken down a new path. This film is a great movie to watch with the family, filled with many humorous and emotional moments that will leave you wishing you could visit the North Pole this winter.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000): This film, based on the story written by Dr. Seuss, is a visual masterpiece which has been out for the past 13 years, and people are still watching on a yearly basis. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is the first Dr. Suess book that was featured into a full-length feature film. With a movie that features more than $2,000 in Christmas lights, you know the crew was dedicated when they made this film. Jim Carrey does a memorable performance as the Grinch, by displaying many comedic moments. The movie shows how people should remember to cherish even the little things, and be kind during the holiday time.

“Full-Court Miracle” (2003): A Disney Channel Original Movie, this film is based on a basketball star Lamont Carr who coached at the Philadelphia Hebrew Academy, after a knee injury that forced him to quit his aspiration of being a professional player. “Full-Court Miracle,” does a fantastic job telling the story of Hanukkah, and connecting it to the basketball game and life’s daily hassles. The team juggled many obstacles, but the players were able to have a miracle go their way.

When not watching seasonal movies, you are likely to find families baking cookies or dancing to holiday music. This year I have been captivated by one album that embraces holiday spirit through every lyric of his song.

Michael Buble
Michael Buble

“Christmas”: Michael Buble’s Christmas album is exciting, with an infusion of Jazz and Traditional Pop. The album captivates listeners quickly as Buble’s soothing voice reaches your ear. These exciting 15 songs will leave listeners wanting more, and excited to hear that Michael Buble’s Third Annual Christmas Special will be on Wednesday Dec. 18, on NBC; with guests Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. A personal favorite song of mine, is his rendition of “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” There is no better time to listen to his album, then during the holiday season. With a press of the play button, you’ll be transported to a Winter Wonderland and singing along.

In conclusion, there are many ways to enjoy the holiday season. So grab some candy canes and hot chocolate, and enjoy the movies.

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