SRHS Students’ Favorite Holiday Movies and Songs

Holiday Favorites. Elisha Taylor on the couch watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Taylor has watched this movie every year since he was a little kid. “It’s my favorite (movie) because I find it funny,” Taylor said.
Photo By: Anita Taylor

Article By: Evan Mirante

Christmas is one of the most exciting holidays of the year, with many great movies and songs that get you in the holiday spirit. With so many songs to listen to and movies to watch, it can be tough to find a favorite. I interviewed a few Santa Rosa High School students to find out what their favorite holiday movies and songs are.

Christmas movies are a staple of the holiday season. When the weather turns cold it’s fun to snuggle up with hot chocolate and popcorn and watch your favorite Christmas movie. Senior Alice Brookston’s favorite Christmas movie is “Elf” or “Love Actually”. 

“I’ve always enjoyed the movie “Elf” since I was a little kid, and it’s just a good, cheesy, and cheerful holiday film in my opinion,” says Brookston. “‘Love Actually’ while not a completely prominent holiday film, is still one of my favorites since I’m a sucker for a good rom-com, especially one with as good a cast as it has.” Like a lot of people, Alice makes it a tradition to watch “Elf” every year with her family. Sophomore Jack Kofahl agrees with Brookstone that “Elf” is his favorite movie because “it’s funny and entertaining.”

The movie “Elf” falls into the category of classic Christmas movies that most people love, other classic Christmas movies include “Home Alone”, “A Christmas Story”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. 

Freshman Elisha Taylor says his favorite Christmas movie is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” “I watch it every year and it’s my favorite because I find it funny and we’ve been watching it since I was a kid,” says Taylor.

Many people like cartoon Christmas movies such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “The Grinch” or Junior Carson Cooke’s favorite holiday movie the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that premiered in 1964. “I’ve watched it ever since I was super young, but now I like it for the creative clay/puppet animation, as well as the artistic liberties that the producers took with the original story and characters,” says Cooke. 

Everywhere you go during the holidays you will hear Christmas music playing, especially Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which is one of the most played Christmas songs of all time. Taylor’s favorite Christmas song is “Here Comes Santa Claus” “My family sings this song every year,” says Taylor. 

Brookston says she enjoys singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” as, “It was one of the first Christmas songs I sang, so it just holds a very special place in my heart, along with the fact that it gets stuck in my head randomly, no matter the time of year.”

Kofahl says his favorite song is “Jingle Bell Rock”, “because it slaps.”

With everything going on in the world we could all use a little holiday spirit this year. Hopefully some of these movies and songs will help put you in a good mood. The Santa Rosan would love to know what your favorite holiday movies and songs are. Tell us your favorites by leaving a comment below.

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