by: Vinny Zammiello
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas has officially begun. It is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit by watching classic Christmas movies which are available everyday all month long. It is undeniable that there are more than five movies worthy of being on this list, however in my opinion these are the best Christmas movies played on Freeform throughout the month of December.
- Frosty The Snowman: (1969)
Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas special based on the song “Frosty the Snowman.” The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS (www.IMDb.com), centers around a snowman named Frosty who magically came to life after wearing a magician’s hat. The magician as the antagonist chases Frosty and his friends go on several adventures in their town in this holiday classic.
Students around North Attleboro seem to agree that Frosty is a classic Christmas movie. “I think Frosty is one of the first characters I think of whenever someone mentions Christmas,” said Owen Costello. “I’m surprised it is not higher on the list.”
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
According to IMDb, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired on December 6, 1964. Sam the snowman narrates the story of a reindeer born with a red nose. Rudolph was made fun of as a young bull for his nose. At the end, he is called upon by Santa in the middle of a snowstorm to lead Santa’s sled through the night.
“This movie is a Christmas classic, it was my go-to movie to watch during the holidays when I was a kid,” said Jack Dakin.
- The Polar Express (2004)
According to IMDb, The Polar Express is a 2004 American Christmas animated musical fantasy. Tom Hanks stars as the voice of a train conductor whose mission is to get a train full of children to the North Pole by midnight. The movie targets children who are doubting the existence of Santa and shows them that no matter how old they are, they aren’t too old to believe.
“My favorite song is ‘Hot Chocolate’ when they are riding the train–it never gets old,” said NAHS senior Tom Reynolds. “If I was making a list, this without a doubt would be on it.”
- Home Alone (1990)
After being left home alone while his family went on vacation, Kevin the protagonist must defend his house from a duo of burglars who call themselves “The Wet Bandits.” On Christmas Eve, Kevin sets up a variety of creative traps to stop the bandits, which loads the movie with many hilarious moments. Even though they don’t come off as very realistic, it is always funny watching the burglars attempt to make their way through the house.
“The Home Alone series is full of classics. Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit like a good Home Alone movie,” said Zach McGowan.
- Elf (2003)
This Christmas comedy was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Will Ferrell (www.IMDb.com) as the main character, Buddy. Buddy was accidentally brought to the North Pole by Santa and was raised by Elves. Lacking the toy-making skills of most elves, Buddy feels out of place and decides to go to New York City in search of his real father. Along the way, Buddy is hilariously fascinated by the differences between the modern world and the North Pole.
According to Freeform’s website, No movie is aired more than Elf during the 25 Days of Christmas. It is also the highest rated movie played during the holidays and rightfully so as this classic will have you laughing as if you were seeing it for the first time. “I’ve seen Elf at least 15 times and it has never gotten old,” said Kyle McCarthy.