Christmas Movie Favorites, Are They Classics or New?

It’s a Wonderful Life, The Little Drummer Boy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, all popular classic Christmas movies. Elf, Jingle all the Way, The Polar Express, popular new Christmas movies.

It’s hard to say which movie is Penn Manor’s favorite and which new Christmas movie will become a future classic.  There is no real answer since students have many opinions.

Penn Manor students were handed a list of the “most popular” Christmas movies out there.

The list consisted of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy, Miracle on 34th Street, The Polar Express, Jack Frost, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Elf, Jingle All The Way, The Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Home Alone.

Fifty percent of the Penn Manor students asked about their favorite Christmas movie said that A Christmas Story was their favorite. Others voted the top movies being Jingle All The Way, Elf, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

One of Jere Vital's favorite movies is Jingle All The Way. Photo by Jenna Reel

Senior Cory Lentz said his favorite movie is Elf.

“Will Farrell is the man. The best part is when he’s in the mall and sees Santa then yells, ‘Santa!'” said Lentz.

“A Christmas Story is my favorite. The best part is when Ralphie beats up the bully and he curses, then gets his mouth washed out with soap,” said junior Joey Jackson. “I think its funny and weird to have a Christmas movie with a young kid. It makes the story line different.”

Senior Jere Vital claims to have two favorite movies.

“Jingle All The Way, which I have on VHS tape, and Home Alone are my favorites. (In Home Alone) I always felt like that kid, Kevin. I thought I could take out the bad guys. My favorite part in Jingle All The Way is when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character gets in the red turbo man suit and flies around saying, ‘It’s turbo time,'” said Vital.

Edward Gahring, a sophomore at Penn Manor, agrees with Vital in claiming his favorite movie being Home Alone.

A Christmas Story is a Penn Manor favorite. Photo credit to

“Its exciting to watch. The funniest parts are where the little kid is always fooling the adult. The best part in the whole movie is when the old man comes in and knocks out the bandits with the shovel in the flooded house,” said Gahring.

Both sophomores, Kaitlyn Thomas and Cobi Kremer, say their favorite movie is A Christmas Story because its funny.

Thomas remembers the part in which the boy licks the pole and his tongue gets stuck, and Kremer remembers the shoe/hooker leg lamp.

“It makes me laugh,” said Kremer.

A movie becomes one’s favorite because there are parts of the movie that stand out to them and make it memorable. Some families watch the same movies every year as tradition, and some have other traditions.

Taylor Hager, another sophomore at Penn Manor, said that she has watched The Holiday every year since it first came out (in 2006).

Many people still disagree though about which movies are better. Newer ones or classics?

Home Alone is predicted to be a Classic. Photo credit to

“Older ones are so much better,” said Jackson.

“I like old ones better. There’s nothing better than an old, good movie. New ones try and pack in too much stuff,” said Gahring.

“The classic 90s colored movies are the best,” said Vital.

Others argue that new ones are better.

“Newer ones are better. Old ones are so fake,” said Thomas.

“I like the pictures in newer movies, so they’re better,” said Kremer.

Hager explains how she likes a good mix of new and old movies.

Whether they like the new or old, which new ones will become the classics?

Jackson, Gahring, Thomas, and Kremer all insist that Home Alone will become a classic.

“It never gets old,” said Thomas.

By Jenna Reel

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