Patricia Aleckzandra | Gogagah
Holidays does not really mean stress but it is a perfect time to catch up with your family and loved ones. Aside from trips outside the country and endless eating sesh with the squad and the family, one great way to spend cold evening nights under the twinkling Christmas lights while sipping hot chocolate or eating your favorite bibingka and puto bumbong is watching Christmas movie classics with the special persons in your life.
Sounds calming? If you love the idea of staying home where it is warm and cozy but you don’t have your movie playlist, fear no more! We bring you seven movies that would warm your hearts and will leave you good vibes all throughout the holidays.
- Gremlins (1984). Receiving a pet for Christmas can be really good treat – whether it’s a dog, cat, hamsters, or those cute little bunnies, kids will surely love it! If you want your kids to have one happy holidays, give them pets. Just not a Mogwai. They may be bunch of cute adorable little fur ball but these strange little creatures transforms into small, destructive, evil monsters and rapidly increases when in contact with water. If you are looking for something fun and light this Christmas, then I suggest you drop Gremlins off your list because you might not want to see this! This American horror comedy film will surely make you think twice (or more!) on what to give this Christmas. Yes, Gremlins is rated PG-13. So, keep the children close if you want to watch it.
- Home Alone (1990) Having what you wished for this holiday is a treat. But are you sure what you wish is what you want? Kevin McCallister wished his family would disappear. Upon waking up in the morning, he discovered an empty house and thought his wish did come true. With his new found freedom, Kevin enjoys himself inside their home. But the happiness did not last. He eventually comes across with two burglars who planned to steal from them. With this, Kevin knew he needs to protect their home even. Gather the family and join Kevin’s hilarious adventure as he tries to survive a holiday while protecting his home from two criminals.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Children singing carols in exchange for a few coins every Christmas season is a tradition here in the Philippines. Singing it in groups would be better than singing it alone. Yet, singing carols with the muppets… is a whole lot of new experience. The Muppet Christmas Carol is a musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. Why put this on your movie bucket list? Aside from it is the Muppets who you will be watching, THE SOUNDTRACK IS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUSLY AWESOME! Sing and groove along with the up-tempo tunes like “It Feels Like Christmas” and mellow down with slow musical number such as “When Love is Gone”. Sing your hearts out and be one with the Muppets.
- Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Christmas is a time for everyone. Even for the king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington. This stop-animation film is originally based on a poem written by Tim Burton talks about Jack who wanted to be Santa just for one night. So Jack takes over Christmas and gives it a touch of his f-u-n spirit. What will Christmas look like if it was Jack who runs it? Find out and experience the dark fantasy of Tim Burton’s words and world.
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch because you stole Christmas. And did the green, grumpy, revenge-seeking hermit successfully do it? Here is a secret: NO. Christmas may be a perfect time for gift giving and exchanging of cards. Across the world, people will be in a hustle and bustle to have the best decors and the most expensive lights. It is a time for celebration and grand feast. But is that what Christmas is really about? Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the perfect movie to define the true essence and spirit of Christmas. Catch Jim Carrey (the Grinch) and how he plans to stole Christmas. This family movie will surely warm you from the insides like a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows on top! Tasty, yummy and warm!
- Love Actually (2003) This is also the season of love! Experience the whirlpool of emotions and how love really is in this romantic-comedy film Love Actually. Drown with eight different love stories. The film will tell you what love really is and what it is not. This emotional roller coaster film for the holiday will surely make you laugh, cry, tremble, feel good, and a lot more. A friendly tip from a friend (that is me!): Watch out for the Andy and Keira scene. It left me crying my eyes out and falling in love. *winks*
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011) Dear Parents, please do not blame Fox if your kids would want to pet a penguin after watching this because these cute little fellas will surely win their hearts out! This Yuletide season, Jim Carrey (oh! Mr. Grinch) will once again amaze you with his acting skills and wits with this movie inspired by a 1938 children’s book loved by many. Join Mr. Popper who finds out what really matters most in life: and that is the people who you value and love. Start getting those popcorns buttered, find your warmest blanket, and enjoy the movie.