Editor Picks: Classic Christmas movies

Scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Settling in to watch a Christmas movie with friends or family is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the holiday season. Whether you love nostalgic feel-good movies like “A Christmas Story” or prefer something more vulgar like “Bad Santa,” the genre has options for everyone. Let our editors’ recommendations help you choose the perfect movie to enjoy during this special time of year.


Annika Lafyatis, Entertainment Editor
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
“I love all the Peanuts movies, but this one has a special place in my heart. The characters are adorable, and the message of love and friendship reminds me of the true spirit of the holiday season.”




Dhvanii Raval, Editor-in-Chief
“Miracle on 34th Street”
“This is one of my favorite Christmas movies because it follows a heartwarming plotline that gets people of all ages in the holiday spirit. I used to watch it all the time as a kid, and it restored my dwindling faith in Santa Claus as I got older.”



Allison Pariso, News Editor
“Home Alone”
“There have been sequels, but the original is my favorite. This movie has many funny moments but also sends a message about being careful what you wish for and the joy of being together with family for the holidays.”



Aditi Katwala, Features Editor
“A Christmas Carol”
“This movie is beautiful because it embodies the true meaning of Christmas: helping others and being with family. I’ve also seen the play and read the book by Charles Dickens.”



Trystin Lovas, Sports Editor
“The Polar Express”
“This is my favorite Christmas movie because it’s a heartfelt movie about believing. It’s also a sing-along type of movie, with funny and happy moments mixed in.”



Michelle Zhang, Opinions Editor
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
“It is a classic and to me, and it just feels like the holiday whenever I watch it. It also delivers great moral lessons about everyday life and Christmas. I also love how there are many different versions and adaptations that give new life to the story.”



Arisha Rizvi, Opinions Editor
“‘Elf’ has always been my favorite Christmas movie growing up, with its delightful comedy and heartfelt characters. Buddy’s sense of humor and kind heart always seems to put me in the perfect Christmas spirit every year.”




Valeria Vesco, Faces Editor
“The Nativity Story”
“For my family and me, Christmas is a time when we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. ‘The Nativity Story’ is about the story of Christmas based on the Bible, and it wonderfully portrays the true meaning of Christmas for me.”




Maggie Jakopac, Photo Editor
“The Santa Clause”
“I’ve loved this movie ever since I was a little kid, and I still watch it to this day. I really enjoy watching this with my family during the holidays. It’s a funny, warm, and inventive Christmas film. It creates the message that seeing is not believing– believing is seeing.”

Annika Lafyatis

Annika is a senior, and this is her fourth year on the Crier staff. She is a co-Editor in Chief and has previously been the entertainment editor. She also plays soccer, and is a member of National Honor Society and BPA. Outside of school, Annika enjoys reading and volunteering at Petsmart.

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