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The film favorites of the festive season

Samantha and Jessica Loomes

Managing Editors

The Pawprint

December is here, which means it’s time to start getting cozy with a bunch of your favorite holiday classics. Movie marathons have been an essential part of building Christmas spirit in many households over the years. Popular streaming sites have even contributed whole categories to the historical activity. Netflix has named their Christmas section, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Netflix

If you want access to some of Netflix’s most hidden gems you can use one of their secret codes to find a list of tailor-made Christmas movies,  all you need to do is simply type http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX into your search bar.

Following this, you should simply replace XXXX with the code of your choice.

For ‘Romantic Christmas Films”, the correct code is 1394527.
‘Feel-good Christmas Children and Family Films’ type the code 1475066.
Kid-friendly movies under the ‘Christmas Children and Family Films’ can be found with the code 1474017, while ‘Family-friendly Christmas Films’ is 1394522.

The iconic Christmas films generally fall into the rom-com genre. These films are usually suitable for family audiences and depict the feel-good of the festive season.

In our fifth spot on the Christmas movie countdown, we have the new Netflix film, The Princess Switch. The film stars renowned actress Vanessa Hudgens playing two different characters – a Duchess and an ordinary woman from Chicago.

The two identical characters switch places, and trade lives for the Christmas season, where a turn of events leads both young women to fall in love with each other’s suiters. The film is a must see for those looking for an excellent Romantic Comedy and sets a perfect mood for the magical season ahead.

Coming in at number four, we have Elf, featuring Will Ferrell and James Caan released in 2003. The family-friendly film has received numerous awards including the Best Comedy award by Golden Trailer. The film follows Buddy, who was raised into adulthood amongst Santa’s elves after accidentally being transported to the North Pole as a toddler.

The film revolves around a humorous plot where Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, set to out to find his birth father. His birth father ends up being Walter Hobbs, a wealthy businessman. Walter and Buddy’s relationship is unique and filled with surprising results.

In third place on our countdown is Arthur Christmas. This holiday classic is great for the young ones and old ones alike.

In this movie, Santa’s operations are seen as super high-tech, with teams of elf ninjas, camouflaged spaceships and an older son who runs the operation with military precision, and that’s how he accomplishes the incredible feat that is Christmas.

Unfortunately this year Santa’s team forgot a child, and it’s then up to Santa’s loveable and dopey son, Arthur, to get the child her present before she wakes up. He and his grandfather, the original Santa, embark on the journey using some old school methods, (we’re talking reindeers and a sleigh), to ensure the Christmas spirit will live on in the forgotten child. The story is filled with funny moments courtesy of an eccentric grandsanta, a clumsy Arthur and a rambling Scottish elf. The movie may not view Santa in the most traditional way, but it is certainly worth the watch! Especially if you have kids around!

Home Alone placed second on our countdown. The film follows a bratty 8-year-old, Kevin McCallister’s, hilarious “home alone” experience. The McCallisters’ forget Kevin at home after he misbehaved the night before the family Christmas trip to Paris – his punishment being exiled to the attic to sleep there. Kevin wakes up to an empty house assuming that his Christmas wish for no family had come true. However, the film takes a turn when two helpless con men attempt to burglarize the family home. Kevin determined not to let this happen, carries out an elaborate scheme to stop the criminals. The film is entertaining in every aspect and includes a message of the importance of family. Home alone can be enjoyed by all family members and is the feel-good movie that settles you into the festive season ahead.

The undisputed champion of Christmas movies is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (any of the versions are great, but the 2000 one is the best in our opinion). This movie has often been championed as the most entertaining Christmas film of all time. The arguably most famous Christmas movie has all the ingredients needed to make you laugh, cry and understand what Christmas is really about; love.

The story follows the Grinch who is an odd looking “Who”, who has been ostracized from Whoville after his violent outbursts at being teased for looking different. The Grinch hates Christmas and with the help of his trusty sidekick Max (who is his adorable dog), he plots to steal Christmas from the “Whos” and take all of their presents.

The Grinch, however, is in for a rude awakening when he accidentally allows Cindy Lou Who, a little girl from the town into his mountainside lair and ultimately his heart. His heart “grows three”, and he understands Christmas and all the love it entails. The film is filled with mystical people and feel-good themes that are perfect for the holiday time.

The following are just some honorable mentions that are still worth the watch!

  • The nightmare before Christmas
  • Love Actually
  • Scrooged
  • Four Christmases
  • Home Alone 2
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Polar Express

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