A Trio Of My Favorite Holiday Films

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The Holiday season marks a change of pace compared to other parts of the year. We often see
family in November and December and celebrate with food, gifts, and reconnecting with relatives
we may only see once or twice a year. My family has always loved this time of year, not just for
being with one another but also for enjoying festive films that we watch year after year and have
become nostalgic staples.
The first movie I’d like to talk about is/are Home Alone films. I’m sure I don’t need to talk about
the central premise of these films; but essentially, a kid is left at home when their family goes on
vacation or somewhere where one child is left behind. While at home, burglars try to break in and
the kid tries to utilize clever inventions and traps in order to defend their home. At their core,
they’re light-hearted movies where the villains are comical but being forgotten is real fear kids
have. It takes us back to a time when we got lost in a store and had to find our parents; and were
relieved when we did.
Christmas with the Kranks is another family favorite film. This movie stars Tim Allen and Jamie
Lee Kurtis and the central premise is skipping Christmas because their daughter is away and
won’t be home for the holiday. Due to the Krank’s daughter not coming home, they decide not to
decorate or do anything…only to find out at the last moment that their daughter is coming home
after all! So the Kranks have to rush and prepare for Christmas. Yet again this is a comedy that
highlights maybe when we waited until the last minute to set up for the holiday.
The final film that I’ll mention is “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” My late father was a huge fan of the
Peanuts comics and the films were also close to his heart. This short movie starts off on a somber
note with Charlie Brown being discouraged about Christmas because he feels like he’s missing
out on things. Presents are material things but in the end, it’s not about how much you can give
or you get but how much you value the time spent with those you care about.
Readers I’ll ask you, what are some of your favorite Holiday movies? What do you like to kick
back and relax with during time? Thanks again for your time.


Ziggy is a Certified Peer Specialist in PA and currently resides in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Let’s Act committee, a group of peers devoted to raising awareness about mental health care. In his downtime, he enjoys reading novels and watching nature documentaries.

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