What makes Christmas movies so memorable?


 

 

Let’s admit it. Many of us have a favorite Christmas movie that we watch every year during the holidays. No matter how many times we’ve seen it, we just can’t help but sit back and enjoy it once more.

Maybe your favorite Christmas movie is a drama, a comedy or an animated film. Perhaps it’s a recent box office hit or an all-time classic. Whatever your preference, you find yourself drawn to relive that certain special movie (or movies) each year—to the point where you can memorize every line and recall every scene.

For me, there are several Christmas movies that never seem to lose their magic. One that quickly comes to mind is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from 2000, which came out when I was a young kid. To this day, I still find myself cracking up at Jim Carrey’s zany antics as “The Grinch,” as well as the film’s madcap take on the popular Dr. Seuss tale.

Another personal favorite of mine is “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 1946. My folks and I watched this classic film nearly every Christmas Eve, and I still manage to find reruns of it when it’s aired on various channels. I’ve always appreciated “It’s a Wonderful Life” for its down-to-earth storytelling, gripping drama and splashes of humor. No matter how many times I see the film, I’m still captivated by how the main character George Bailey turns from the brink of despair and comes to realize just how impactful his life has been on his family and beloved hometown.

As many of us can probably attest to, Christmas movies seem to possess a magnetic draw that captivates our attention and keeps us watching them every time the calendar turns to December. What makes these movies so memorable that we continue to watch them over and over again?

I suspect that nostalgia plays a key role; some of our best holiday memories revolve around a Christmas movie that we saw in theaters or watched on TV as we gathered with our families. We connect the happiness and warmth that we felt in those moments to the films themselves. As a result, we seek to relive those feelings each season by watching that certain favorite holiday movie.

Of course, the holidays are a prime slot for movie releases, so there are so many favorite Christmas movie options to choose from: “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone”…just to name a few in the family movie category. That’s not even taking into account the slew of Hallmark holiday romance flicks, Christmas comedies or Christmasthemed action movies (i.e. “Die Hard”).

Whatever your favorite Christmas movie is, feel free to tune it in or pop in the DVD. Gather the family around, get your snacks ready and make some more holiday memories.

Ben Gagnon is a reporter for View Newspaper Group. You can contact him at 810-452-2661 or bgagnon@mihomepaper.com.

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