Favorite holiday flicks: Teens & 20s writers share their lists

Times-News correspondents 

   On Christmas Eve, so why not gather the family together for a great holiday film?
The Teens & 20s writers have compiled a list of their favorite Christmas movies for you to choose from.
My favorite Christmas movie is “Elf” because it is incredibly funny and never gets old. I try to watch it some way every Christmas season, usually with my family. There are just so many classic scenes and quotes, perfect for getting you into the joyful Christmas spirit. — Hollyann Gardner, high school junior at Alamance Community College.
My favorite Christmas movie is “The Mistle-Tones.” It’s funny, cheesy, and filled with music, as every good Christmas movie should be. — Jakob Miller, senior at Southern Alamance High School.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a favorite that I’ve watched with my family every year since I was little. I still love it and it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without watching it at least once. — Lydia Pankratz, student at Alamance Community College in the University Transfer Program.
   My favorite Christmas movies are “The Grinch,” “Elf” and all of the “Home Alone” movies. I’ve been watching these with my family every Christmas for years. — Paulina Lopez, senior at Clover Garden School.
I don’t know if I have one favorite Christmas movie, but I’ve loved The Polar Express since I was a kid. My family has always watched The Santa Clause movies as well, so they’re also some of my favorites. — Katie Farrell, senior at Queens University of Charlotte
My most cherished Christmas movie remains the 1965 award winning, animated classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The Vince Guaraldi jazz score is a favorite, and I love how this movie shares the true joy and magic of Christmas. — Chandler Holland, freshman at Warren Wilson College.
My favorite Christmas movie is Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” In classic Burton fashion, the characters are quirky and the plot seemingly came out of nowhere. Yet the film has a lovely story, beautiful musicals, and ultimately a metaphor for consumerism during the holiday season, and how we should focus on the true meaning of the holidays: togetherness. — Sydney Horton, Michigan State University student taking a break from her studies to work and freelance write.
My favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Carol.” — Andrew Pankratz, home-schooled junior.
My favorite holiday movie is what I’d consider to be a newer classic: “The Polar Express.” I’ve loved this film since I was young, at first for the thrill of the story and now for the soaring soundtrack. It’s become my family’s Christmas Eve tradition, and somehow the message behind the magic never gets old. — Logan A. White is a home-schooled high school graduate. She currently trains in Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional program.

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