A Christmas Story vs. Elf: Students weigh in on favorite holiday films

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By Allie Fick

 One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is to watch your favorite Christmas movie. And of course,  people love the Christmas classics, such as It’s A Wonderful Life (1946), A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more.

For some students, like junior economics major Caroline O’Neill, it’s a matter of a tradition. And for O’Neill, watching It’s A Wonderful Life is an annual affair. “My whole family always watches it together on Christmas Eve,” she said.

Others, however, might opt for something on the newer side, looking for less sap and more laughs. An all-time favorite holiday movie for many is Elf, the 2003 flick starring Will Ferrell as the now-infamous “Buddy the Elf.” “Elf is by far the funniest Christmas movie,” junior history major Jordan Josloff said. “It’s different from your typical movie, and it still gets me in the holiday spirit,”

Nevertheless, some other favorite holiday movies still manage to go under the radar. While they may not be the typical movies everyone has seen, one should not discount them: it does not mean they are not great movies, too.

 Abby Sauber is one student  whose Christmas pick is lesser known than more popular films like The Santa Clause (1994) or Love Actually (2003). “I really like The Holiday [2006] with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law,” said the sophomore kinesiology major. “It’s a really cute, lighthearted movie, and it always puts me in a good mood,” Sauber said.

Some of UMD students’ favorites are animated films. Frosty the Snowman (1969), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970), The Little Drummer Boy (1968) and The Year Without a Santa Claus(1971) are among the most unforgettable programs.

For junior economics major Rebecca Vetere, re-watching Christmas movies from her youth is for nostalgia’s sake. “I grew up watching those movies. They remind me of Christmas when I was little, because I would watch them nonstop for the entire month before Christmas,”Vetere said.

“It doesn’t even feel like Christmas until I watch Frosty the Snowman,” O’Neill said. I know they come out with tons of new Christmas movies every year, but I like to stick to the classics. They’re the best, no matter what anyone says.”


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