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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2017

My favorite Christmas movies

By Xiomara Levsen
Xiomara Levsen

Every year my husband gets upset with me because I begin watching Christmas movies in November, but I can’t help it. I love to watch Christmas movies because of the warm, fuzzy feeling the movies have to them.
In fact, last night one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies was on, “National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation.” One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Chevy Chase cuts down a tree in his front yard and brings it into the house and finds a squirrel in the tree. A chase ensues throughout his house between his cousin’s dog and the squirrel until it finally ends up outside again. This probably wouldn’t be as funny if it happened to me, but even still it’s something I can’t help but laugh at.
Another comedy Christmas favorite of mine is “The Santa Clause” with Tim Allen. Throughout the movie Allen is denying he’s Santa Claus. I love the part when he’s at his son’s soccer game and children are lined up waiting to tell him their wish list for Christmas. Or when Allen begins to recite the naughty and nice list.
What would Christmas be without watching “A Christmas Story” with Peter Billingsley as Ralphie? It has several comical moments in it, from the neighbors’ dogs running through the home and taking the Christmas dinner with them to Ralphie’s mom saying, ‘You’ll shoot your eye out, Ralphie’ when he asks for a BB gun. Or when Ralphie is dressed up in the pink rabbit suit his aunt got for him, looking so thrilled at the top of the stairs?
My next choice maybe isn’t a comedy. It’s called “The Christmas Shoes” with Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams-Presley. The story has a little bit of sadness to it. Williams-Presley plays a dying mother, and her son’s only wish is to buy her a pair of beautiful shoes for Christmas. Lowe plays a father who is so busy at work that he forgets what Christmas is really about. Every time I watch this movie I cry, but I always enjoy seeing it because it reminds me about the reason for the season to me—spending time with family and friends.
The last movie I’ll mention is the “Muppet Christmas Carol.” Every year in high school during my 90-minute block for band or orchestra, all of us would gather in the band room to watch this movie together on the last day of class before our Christmas break. Our teachers would be in their office but from time to time you could see them poke their head out the door and recite a couple of lines to the movie, such as ‘my tail, my tail is on fire!’ When this happened, several of us would recite the lines back to our teachers and continue doing so until the bell rang for the next class.
These are just a few of the movies I like to see. Thankfully, I will have the rest of December to do so. If you haven’t seen some of the movies I mentioned, I hope I didn’t give too much away when I told you about my favorite parts to the movie.