Favorite Christmas Movie Tradition

Maggie Leone '17, Sports Editor

About eight years ago, my aunt, uncle, and three of my older cousins  came to my house to watch a Steeler game about a week before Christmas.  The game didn’t start until later, so we all decided to watch a movie beforehand.  Little did we know that this movie would become one of our favorite Christmas traditions.  Each year, we have a Christmas movie night, filled with love, food, and laughter.  Over the years, we have watched Elf, White Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Christmas Vacation, Fred Claus, and Christmas in Connecticut, just to name a few.

I love the movie Elf; it makes me laugh as though I’ve never seen it before no matter how many times I watch it.  (At this point, I can pretty much recite the whole film…)  Will Ferrell’s character Buddy the Elf never fails to fill the house with harmonious laughter, which to me, is what Christmas is all about.  It’s a time for the family to get together and enjoy one another and spread Christmas cheer (especially by singing loud for all to hear).

Another favorite of mine is White Christmas; I have loved this movie ever since I was very young and could barely understand the plot.  White Christmas is timeless in that it is enjoyable for people of all ages.  I used to watch it with my grandparents when i was a small child, and even as a teenager, I still find it thoroughly entertaining.  When I was little, I was captivated by the songs and the outfits, but as I have grown, I’ve realized that it is so much more than that.  It’s the story of a Christmastime romance that becomes messy when real-world responsibilities begin to intrude.  It’s ultimately happy ending is incredibly endearing and I can never resist re-watching this classic film, which always brings the memories flooding back.

Joyeux Noel tells an historically accurate fictional story of soldiers in World War I, when the war impeded on normal Christmas traditions and kept the soldiers from their families.  A breathtaking feat, they stopped the war for the night and celebrated Mass, keeping the spirit of Christmas alive in a time of death and sorrow.  This heartwarming story intertwines a love story throughout, thus making it even more captivating to a wider audience.  This film is both educational, entertaining, and ultimately breathtaking, depicting what Christmas is really all about.