Christmas Cuts


There’s nothing quite like curling up in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter day and watching some great holiday movies with friends and family. The Teens & Twenties writers share some of their favorites that capture the holiday spirit:

–When Christmastime comes around, there’s nothing better than snuggling under blankets, drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. The No. 1 Christmas movie that I could watch all year long with no complaints would be “Elf.” It’s the perfect laugh-out-loud movie for everyone.

Zoie Nelson, freshman at Williams High School

–For me, It wouldn’t be Christmastime without a viewing (or 20) of “A Christmas Story.” A classic story about getting exactly what you want.

 Lenzie Purcell, senior at UNC-Chapel Hill

–My favorite holiday movies are and will always be the classics, such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Tim Allen’s “Santa Clause” movies. I love seeing these every year around Christmas time, as well as “The Christmas Shoes” song and movie.

 Elizabeth Harp, junior at Clover Garden Charter School

–What is Christmas without rambunctious kids, letters to Santa, and a crazy beagle? All of this and more is included in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This movie provides joy for people of all ages and brings a child-like anticipation for the holidays to all who watch it. It’s an adorable movie with many little Christmas stories to keep you smiling.

Caroline Carpenter, freshman at Western Alamance High School

–“The Polar Express” has been my favorite holiday movie for several years now. Watching it every December has become a bit of a tradition for my family. I don’t know what the Christmas season would be like without the sound of the large, coal-powered locomotive rolling down the tracks.

 Allison Tate, senior at Clover Garden School

–“A Christmas Story” is my favorite holiday movie; it is a classic, and is almost entirely quotable.  Of the newer holiday movies, “Elf” is my favorite. Will Ferrell’s acting makes my family laugh hysterically.

Kendall Wiggins, senior at Western Alamance High School

 –When it’s Christmastime, it means that the Fattals will overdose on cinemas and TV holiday specials. There are so many great Christmas movies and it was hard for me to choose just one “favorite.”

Watching Christmas movies with the Fattal family is a beloved holiday tradition on par with going to church, opening presents and moving the Santa along our countdown to Christmas. Being a traditionalist, my favorite Christmas movie is the beautifully emotional, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This is a movie about life-realizations and human redemption; the world can never have enough encouragement and every year, I have a feeling of rejuvenation … “No man is ever a failure if he has friends.”

This Christmas movie classic is simply, good for the soul. From its release date on December 25, 1946, the 67-year-old movie will continue on as being “wonderful for life.”

Chelsey Fattal, student at Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame

–My favorite Christmas movie would have to be the classic, “A Christmas Story.” My family and I love to watch it together on Christmas afternoon before we have dinner with our family. Then, there is the timeless favorite, “The Polar Express.” Watching that movie is probably the only time I can stomach a whole mug of hot chocolate.

 Christian Hornaday, senior at Southern Alamance High School

–My favorite holiday movie is “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen. To me, it’s a timeless classic because of the heartwarming, humorous story. The movie is about a man named Scott (Tim Allen) who unintentionally kills Santa Claus and has to take his place at the North Pole. Scott’s lack of experience as Santa is a delight to watch because he always seems to do everything wrong, leading to some sort of disaster. “The Santa Clause” is my favorite holiday movie for its unique plot. It’s unlike any other and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to.

 Meghna Mahadevan, eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School

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