In lieu of gifts, Allegra gives her top 5 holiday movies

Allegra H.

5. “The Santa Clause”

No matter what holiday movie is mentioned in conversation, I always picture Tim Allen as Santa Claus thanks to the creatively named movie “The Santa Clause.” In this 1994 twist of a holiday tale, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidently kills Santa Claus and then is required to fill his position. After uncontrollably gaining weight, growing a white beard, and developing a taste for cookies and milk, Scott eventually embraces his new role as Saint Nick. In a story filled with magic only Disney can muster, “The Santa Clause” shows viewers the power of a little holiday spirit.

4. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

Tired of all the new Hallmark holiday movies? Why don’t you reach for a vintage Christmas movie like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”? Although the 1970s animation is comical by itself, the general plotline is entertaining, giving the viewer a behind-the-scenes history of Santa Claus. With unforgettable characters like the Winter Warlock (voice of Keenan Wynn), the Mailman narrator (voice of Fred Astaire) and Kris Kringle himself (voice of Mickey Rooney), this classic story is a nostalgic way to get into the Christmas festivities.

3. “Home Alone”

Revisiting the 90s yet again, we find one of my all-time favorite holiday movies that I can’t go a December without watching. “Home Alone” is jam-packed with good-natured humor, mischievous hijinks, and more entertaining injuries than MTV’s “Ridiculousness.” This story of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (a younger, cuter Macaulay Culkin) being left home alone for Christmas is hard to beat. On top of caring for himself by regrettably trying on aftershave and using coupons to buy groceries, Kevin is forced to defend his house from the “Wet Bandits” (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who try to rob his house while his family is on vacation. This is a festive film that will have you laughing while learning the importance of family.

2. “Elf”

Will Ferrell should be seen everywhere this holiday season because of his hilarious comedy that pokes fun at everything you know to be Christmas. “Elf” is a uniquely ludicrous holiday movie that manages to make the usual happenings of everyday life unusual as Buddy (Will Ferrell), a grown man raised as an elf, tries to find his biological dad in New York City. The comedic timing of Will Ferrell truly makes this movie, and because it’s rated PG, the entire family can enjoy Will Ferrell’s humor.

1. “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

Charles Dickens’ Christmas novella has been told and retold in almost every style possible, but it was never told in such a fluffy and amusing way until “The Muppet Christmas Carol” was created. In this spin of a classic story, Charles Dickens (The Great Gonzo) and Rizzo the Rat narrate as Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) fires one of his workers Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and is visited by three spirits to teach Scrooge the importance of Christmas. This film is the epitome of a holiday movie. Put puppets with a time-honored Dickens’ book and glue it together with a combination of light-hearted and sarcastic humor, and you’ve got yourself a family holiday movie for all time.