By KATIE STEWART
The best time to watch movies is during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. My family and I stuff our faces full of goodies and sit together watching hours of movies. You have to know my family to understand some of our choices, but here are my favorites:
10. The Godfather trilogy (especially movies 1 and 2)
The movies tell the story of a fictional crime family from the early 1920s to the 1970s. They feature drugs, murder, prostitution, cannoli and one ultimate rule: “Never take sides with anyone against the family.” It’s quite the odd choice but my family enjoys the films every year.
9. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1974)
From King Arthur battling the Black Knight who won’t give up despite his missing limbs to the knights merely making sounds as they pretend to ride horses, this is British humor at its best. For some reason, it’s a classic holiday movie at my house.
8. Star Wars series (specifically, the last three films)
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, my family started viewing the last Star Wars trilogy. Light sabers, Darth Vader and “Luke, I am your Father” provide a philosophy for life. We try to watch the movies on Thanksgiving before the turkey coma kicks in.
7. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Dorothy Gale tries to find her way home, only to realize that she’s been home all along because home is where the heart is. As corny as it sounds, it’s a wonderful message for the holidays.
6. “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)
The legendary Judy Garland introduced the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in this movie. “Meet Me in St. Louis” changed my whole outlook on movie making and song writing. We watch it every year.
5. “Christmas Vacation” (1989)
Everything goes wrong for the Griswold family patriarch. In the end, he realizes that Christmas is not about possessions and gifts but about family and sharing the holidays with the people you love most. This should be a holiday favorite for any family.
4. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
In one of Natalie Wood’s first movies, a little girl starts to believe in Santa Claus with help from Kris Kringle himself. Its message: Believe in something bigger than yourself. This film is close to my heart, so I make sure to watch it during the holiday season.
3. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
This classic movie from a celebrated writer tells the story of a Grinch with a heart that is two sizes too small. He meets young Cindy Lou, who teaches him the spirit of Christmas. My sister and I like to watch it on Christmas Eve.
2. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” George Bailey, who always puts other people first, gets an opportunity to see how life would unfold without him. It’s a great movie to watch with your family over the holiday season.
1. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
A Red Ryder BB gun “with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time” is the only gift that 9-year-old Ralph requests. He gets his ultimate Christmas wish, along with a pink bunny costume. Watching this film provides the ultimate way to spend your holiday season.