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Christmas, Films and Media

The Christmas season is also the time for many Christmas stories that tug at the heartstrings. American media - print, TV and films have played an important part in recreating the Christmas magic of giving, sharing and miracles. Several have become part of the Christmas tradition in the United States.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol"A Christmas Carol" is a story by Charles Dickens that had been immortalized on the silver screen. It tells the story of an old miserly man who does not believe in compassion, sharing, giving and Christmas spirit. He is always making excuses for his nature until he is visited by three ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future who show him the results of his actions.

It is a wonderful life

Another all time favorite Christmas film is "It is a wonderful life". It tells a story of a philanthropist George Bailey who spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, is lonely and in despair on Christmas Eve. His guardian angel, Clarence shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born and give him hope.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story"A Christmas story" is a hilarious Christmas film based around Ralphie Parker's Christmas list: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle. But adults tell him he would "shoot his eyes out" including his teacher who gives him a C+ for wishing the same in his essay.

Christmas is approaching and the protagonist visits Santa at the department store in hopes of asking him for his dream Christmas gift.

A few true stories have also become enduring Christmas tales themselves. The story behind the Christmas carol Silent Night and the story Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus is well known.

Christmas in Radio and Television

Radio and television programs during Christmas aggressively pursue entertainment and ratings through their cultivation of Christmas themes. Radio stations broadcast Christmas carols and Christmas songs, including classical music such as the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah.

Needless to say sales of DVDs and Music CDs soar as media companies release old Christmas movies and Christmas music tracks at this time.

There are many Christmas traditions that your family might enjoy including opening presents, decorating the house, and making cookies. One tradition that many families enjoy is simply gathering together on the cold Christmas days and watching Christmas movies together. There are many Christmas films out there, some old and classic and some new and current. Whatever Christmas movies you most enjoy, here are some of the best movies to watch on Christmas.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Christmas just doesn't feel the same without the Griswold's antics. Nothing ever goes well for Clark and his family. His bad luck is only accentuated when unwanted family members start to arrive. You get everything you need in this Christmas movie including Christmas traditions, plenty of laughs, and even some holiday spirit.

Miracle on 34th Street

This old classic is one of the Christmas films that people find themselves enjoying again and again every year. In the movie, a little girl believes that dreams can come true if you simply believe. The little girl, Susan, doubts Santa Claus because her mother told her the secret behind the man in the red suit when she was young. But once she meets a department store Santa, she becomes convinces he is real. The 1940s movie is charming and hard to pass up during the Christmas season.

A Christmas Story

This more recent film is also a classic in which poor little Ralphie wants a BB gun for Christmas. No matter what he does, the adults in his life do not believe he can handle it and that is where the laughs begin. There are so many places to laugh that it is hard to catch some of the most tender moments. This Christmas movie is hard to miss because it is usually on in 24-hour marathon form on some channel or another over the Christmas holiday.


The recent film Elf is so funny it is hard to stop laughing long enough to see the next scene. Will Ferrell is amazing as Buddy the Elf, a human who was raised by elves. When he travels to New York City to find his real biological father, things go awry in every way. But in the end, Buddy saves Christmas and the film has become one of the best movies to watch on Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Life

This classic movie stars character George Bailey at the end of his rope. He is simply miserable and he needs a guardian angel to get him back on track in order to see the good he has done in his life. This is one of the Christmas films that feels real and it has many of the lines you often associate with Christmas movies.

The Santa Clause

Santa Clause takes an untimely fall from the roof and an average man has to take over the job. While he doesn't believe, his son does and he plays along for his sake until he realizes the truth...he really has become Santa Claus. With plenty of magic revolving around the north pole and the entire story, children and adults will all love this one.

Home Alone

Kevin McAllister has a large family that packs up and leaves him home alone on Christmas. However, he is not alone long when robbers threaten to break in. He sets all sorts of traps and becomes the clever hero.

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