Part of our holiday traditions, even watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas music, is because it has been passed down from generation to generation – like watching ‘White Christmas’ all over the place. by decorating the Christmas tree because that’s what you did when you grew up.
Watching holiday movies is now a part of many winter celebrations, as is going singing Christmas carols, singing Christmas carols around the tree or singing Christmas carols in church.
Watching Christmas movies takes the viewer into a fictional world. They affirm the ethical values and the social morality of the spectator. They can bring comfort and reaffirm the courage to overcome a difficult situation, offering the viewer hope.
The main plots of Christmas movies are often about overcoming a materialistic view of buying gifts and offering Christmas gifts. It brings out the true meaning of Christmas about goodwill and family love. Christmas movies are about family reunion and transformation like in the movie “Christmas Carol”.
The top five Christmas movies, according to imdb.com/list, are “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas”. Here in Highland County, some of the favorites are “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “White Christmas”, “The Nativity Story”, “A Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Films can be borrowed from Highland County Libraries.
Christmas carols often have bells and are filled with feelings and nostalgia for the past. Christmas carols promote nostalgic, warm and fuzzy feelings. Christmas carols become a classic because there is a connection to what one song calls the most wonderful time of the year. Songs allow listeners to remember years past, bring family and friends together, and they allow listeners to reflect on the blessings of the past year.
Christmas music is generally cheerful, practical for all occasions, and great for all ages. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to Christmas carols, which means anyone can sing along. Song lyrics are one of the last things people remember as they get older.
According to cardschat.com, the most popular song is “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. Other popular songs include “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree“, “This is the happiest time of year”, “Last Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. In Highland County, favorite songs include “Silent Night”, O Holy Night “and” Mary, Did you Know “.
Sources for this story included imbd.com/list, timeout.com, theconversation.com, synchedin.com, singersuccess.com, and odysseyonline.com.
Jackie Wolgamott is a stringer for The Times-Gazette.
Some of the Christmas movies available at the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro are displayed.