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Ranking the top 10 Christmas movies of all time

December 11, 2020

With the stay at home mandates this year, one of the easiest ways to feel the spirit of Christmas is to curl up with a warm cup of hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie. But what do you pick? It is a hard decision for many and one that differs greatly household to household. Looking for recommendations? Seniors Kate and Mikayla ranked their favorite holiday movies for the Christmas Season.  

Mikayla’s Christmas movie ranking

Hi! I am Mikayla Brehm and I love all things Christmas related so movies are no exception. This year, I am more excited than ever since I will have more time to watch them all! I love to sit down with home-baked cookies in front of the Christmas tree and watch a fun Christmas movie. Below, I have ranked the top ten Christmas movies, with one honorable mention.

1. Elf

All around a great movie with a great sense of humor.  Every time I watch it, it makes me laugh and get excited for Christmas, thus earning the number 1 spot.

2. A Christmas Story

This is a Christmas classic which is always playing in the background on Christmas day for my family. It has some funny moments but mainly has nostalgia so is ranked very high. 

3. Home Alone 1

The first is a great movie, bringing in humor, excitement and Christmas spirit. Nothing is wrong in it, just the other options are better.

4. The Grinch

Love the humor and the plot! However parts did scare me when I was a child, which does knock it down a few pegs.  

5. Charlie brown Christmas

A classic Christmas movie, however most of the movie is bland and a little boring. A solid middle ground movie, but shouldn’t be too high. 

6. Rudolf the red-nose reindeer

Classic storyline but the Claymation isn’t as exciting. It brings me joy when I watch it, but I am not needing to see it every year. 

7. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

The songs are fun but it is often forgotten. I will watch it on tv, but never by choice.

8. Frosty the Snowman

I can go several years without watching, but every time brings me joy. I cannot remember all the details, but it is a solid movie and deserves the credit.

9. The Polar Express

The animation is in a weird style and some scenes were scary as a child, and for these reasons it is near the bottom. 

10. The Santa Clause

I never have seen it all the way through until a few years ago. It is an average movie, but isn’t worth sitting down to watch with a bowl of popcorn and hot chocolate, like some of the others. 

Honorable Mention: Die Hard

A great switch from all the others, filled with action and no boring scenes. Although some may argue, this is considered a Christmas movie to me, and should not be forgotten.

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Mikayla Brehm is a senior at Wilsonville High School, and this is her first year as a staff writer. She has participated in varsity tennis all through...

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Kate’s Christmas movie ranking

Hi! My name is Kate Jeffries. Christmas movie season is one of my favorite times of the year. Sitting down every weekend and watching a Christmas classic is key to enjoying the holidays! This year especially with the pandemic I have been able to re-watch some classic Christmas movies as well as new ones, so here is my ranking of my top 10 Christmas Movies. 

1. The Grinch – Jim Carrey Version

Although this is not the classic Grinch, it is my favorite rendition and my all time favorite Christmas movie. The set, the costume, the actors, and the Christmas joy you get while watching this movie cannot be beat. 

2. Home Alone 1

Home Alone is another one of those Christmas movies that I can watch over and over again. I might know the plot by heart but I still love the movie for it’s unique plot!

3. Santa Claus is comin to town 

This movie is one of my all time favorite Christmas classic movies. I watched it a lot as a kid, so I have a lot of nostalgic memories and these movies have songs! Plus, the songs are all fantastic and I wish that they would play on the radio. 

4. Elf 

Elf is a great Christmas movie that again brings joy every time I watch it. I am putting it in fourth place frankly because I like the ones above it more. 

5. Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer 

This movie holds a lot of nostalgia for me as well . It was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid and Rudolph has always been my favorite Christmas character. 

6. The Santa Clause 1

I watched this movie a lot as a kid and I loved it then. I still like it now however not as much because I have realized that the plot is pretty weird. But I have to give it props because without it, The Santa Clause 3 would not be possible and I love that movie. 

7. Frosty the Snowman 

Although I love Frosty the snowman it falls lower on my list because I personally was never racing to watch it. Although it was a movie I watched when I was a kid, I feel like the plot is pretty boring and it is just a Christmas Classic. 

8. Charlie Brown Christmas 

Although I don’t think this is a bad movie I just don’t think it is very interesting. I have watched this movie multiple times and yet I can not tell you the plot. But it does have a sick song so that is why it is not last. 

9. A Christmas Story

I know that this is a Christmas Classic for most families but it just never has been for mine. I am familiar with parts of the movie but it is never a movie I am waiting to watch all year. 

10. Polar Express

Personally I do not like the Polar Express and it is for one reason and one reason only: the animations. The animations make this movie so scary to me and as a kid this movie scared me so I also have some trauma attached I think. 

Honorable Mention: Barbie Nutcracker 

This movie is one that brings back some of my best childhood memories. It made me want to be a ballerina when I was younger, but obviously that didn’t happen. 10/10 Christmas movie! 


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Kate Jeffries, Arts Editor

Kate Jeffries is a senior at Wilsonville High School. This is her first year in Journalism and Broadcasting and she is super excited to be a staff writer....

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