Christmas Movies

By: Sasha Nieves

AHS student's favorite Christmas movie, according to the survey. (

AHS students’ favorite Christmas movie, according to the survey. (

Christmas time is one of the most anticipated times of the year for many students, not just because of the presents, hot cocoa, or the warm light from Christmas trees, but because of the memorable Christmas movies that come around only at “the most wonderful time of the year.”

“I love Dec. especially because of all the countdowns ‘til Christmas that just play Christmas movies over and over. I wait all year for this,” said Ann Spence (12).

A survey was conducted of 50 students from AHS to figure out what Christmas movies were their favorites. Elf came in first with 21 votes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas with 13, Polar Express with 7, Home Alone with 5, and The Santa Clause with 3.

Elf is a movie about a human (Will Ferrel) who believes he is an elf after living in the North Pole for the majority of his life. When he enters the real world he finds himself having trouble adapting to the human lifestyle.

Brandon Tetu (12) said, “Elf is probably one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.  Will Ferrel is hilarious and does a great job.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmams, based on the popular children’s book by Dr. Seuss, is about a green spiteful Grinch who despises Christmas and tries to steal all the presents from every house and person he knows in town. In the end, he finds himself feeling love and guilt and his heart grows to twice its size.

“This is by far the cutest Christmas movie. It’s so funny when the Grinch is mean but in the end of the movie has such a perfect ending,” said Morgan Marchand (11).

The Polar Express is an animated movie about reigniting a childhood faith in Santa Claus. In the movie, a train picks up dozens of children and takes them to see the real Santa Claus to help them believe again. They all witness a real Christmas miracle. The movie also features a very memorable and well written soundtrack.

“Every year my sisters run around the house singing the songs from this movie, they are obsessed. It is a great movie though; it makes me wish I was a kid again so I could still believe in Santa Claus,” said Jaide Carlson (11).

Home Alone is a Christmas movie about a young boy who is left behind when his large family miscounts and leaves him while they go on vacation. During his time alone, he enjoys the first few days of freedom but is then stuck with the job of saving his home from two thieves who try to rob the house. In the end the boy realizes how important family is and feels true joy when they return home for him on Christmas morning.

“I used to watch Home Alone all the time when I was little because I would imagine all the things I would do if I were left alone during Christmas and just imagine how awesome it would be,” said Jason Ross (11).

The Santa Clause is a family comedy about a divorced father (Tim Allen) whose relationship with his son is mended when he becomes the new Santa Claus and takes on all the challenges of filling in St. Nick’s shoes.

“A lot of people may not agree but this is a perfect Christmas movie because Christmas does have a lot to do with family. It’s not just about getting presents,” said Chelsea Callahan (11).