4 Christmas Movies You CAN'T MISS This Year

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Christmas Movies You Must Not Miss!


There are thousands of Christmas movies around, with new ones being added to the list each year. Some are good, some are bad, and a few are downright ugly. However, there are some movies that have become essential holiday viewing, and without them Christmas just wouldn't be the same. Here are a few of the movies that millions of people around the world watch and love each year during the festive season.


'It's a Wonderful Life'

Ranked No. 1 on the American Film Institute's list of the most inspirational American films of all time, and recognized as one of the 100 best US films ever made, It's a Wonderful Life is today regarded as the quintessential Christmas movie.


The film is based on "The Greatest Gift," a short story written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1939, and stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has spent his life serving the people of Bedford Falls. He is a deeply troubled man, who is planning to take his own life on Christmas Eve because of a single but serious mistake he made. This will land him in jail, and allow a ruthless businessman to take over the entire town. His decision triggers the intervention of Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), his guardian angel who, in order to earn his wings, is assigned to save George. Clarence shows George all the people he has helped, the lives he has touched and the positive contributions he has made to his local community.


'A Christmas Carol'

A Christmas Carol is an adaptation of the novella written by Charles Dickens in 1843. It tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich miser with no friends to speak of, who detests Christmas and only allows his employee, the long-suffering Bob Cratchit, to take Christmas Day off to spend with his family under duress.


On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner (and the closest to a friend Scrooge ever had), Jacob Marley. Marley tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. These ghosts take Scrooge on a terrifying journey. By the end of the night, Scrooge has realized the error of his ways. He opens his heart not only to Christmas, but to those around him, becoming a much-loved and respected businessman, family member and friend.



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'Home Alone'

In this festive comedy romp, child star Macauley Culkin stars as 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is mistakenly left behind at his uncle's house in Chicago when the rest of the family flies to Paris on Christmas Eve. Excited at the thought of being "home alone" and free from his slightly distracted parents and overbearing siblings, Kevin makes the most of the situation, jumping on beds, watching gangster movies and stuffing himself with junk food.


He receives a visit from two bumbling burglars (played brilliantly by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci), who are checking out the local neighborhood for potential targets, and later overhears them discussing plans to break into his house that night. Kevin booby traps the house and manages to outfox the crooks. On Christmas Day Kevin is happily reunited with his family when they arrive back from Paris absolutely frantic with worry, having been unable to get an earlier flight.


'Elf'

Elf stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus at the North Pole, after he hid in Santa's sack one Christmas Eve when presents were being delivered to the orphanage where he lived. Unfortunately, Buddy causes chaos throughout the rest of the elf community because of his size, so Santa allows him to travel to New York to find his biological father.


However, Buddy's human father, Walter Hobbs, is not one of Santa's favorite people. He is an altogether unsavory character who has no idea that he is a father, let alone a father to a giant elf. When Buddy turns up unannounced at his office, Walter refuses to even entertain the idea that Buddy is his child. He eventually agrees to a DNA test under duress, which proves that Buddy is in fact his son. Although Buddy initially drives Walter and his wife crazy, they come to appreciate his child-like innocence, kind heart and sunny disposition, and Buddy is able to help his family appreciate the true meaning of Christmas spirit.


Christmas movies are a time-honored tradition in households around the world during the festive season. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they impart the same intrinsic messages: the value of family and friends, the importance of charity and the kindness of the human spirit.


About the author: Sonny Choun is part of our Marketing Team here at Pivot Insurance. He enjoys playing outdoor sports, bowling with friends, and spending time with family. His talent and expertise are a reflection of the Pivot culture. He believes life insurance is an essential part of a family's financial security. Sonny can be contacted at 1-800-651-1953 or schoun@sbsb.com.

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