Aidan’s Christmas Picks

It’s that time of year again. The snow is falling, the sky gets dark before 5 p.m. and Mariah Carey defrosts as we speak. That’s right, it’s the holidays! And if you’re tired of watching “Elf” for the 20th time in a row, there’s a plethora of other Christmas movies available to you, dear reader. From explicitly Christmas-related movies to movies that are filled with the Christmas spirit, these four films should brighten your holidays with merry, cheer, and good feelings—so sit tight, pour some hot chocolate, and put on any of these movies to get yourself into the holiday mood.  



Who doesn’t love a good Santa Claus origin story? A light-hearted animated movie that can rival the Christmas classics, “Klaus” has all the key elements for a good Christmas movie, and just a good movie in general: character development, lovable heroes, and a satisfying ending. It’s surprisingly good quality for a Netflix original, so give this one a shot.  


It’s a Wonderful Life 

A certified Christmas classic,It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of a downtrodden man who’s given up, before a guardian angel sweeps in shows him just how lucky he really is. This movie truly doesn’t age, and is still one of, if not the best Christmas movie ever made. If you’re looking for a safe watch this holiday season, you can always count on this movie to get you into the Christmas spirit. 


Wendell & Wild 

I’m all for the Jordan Peele-ification of the movie industry, and “Wendell & Wild” is no exception. If “Coraline” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (another movie you should put on your holiday watchlist, even for a rewatch) had a lovechild, this would be it. While this one does veer more towards Halloween territory than Christmas, the anti-capitalist sentiments of this movie are always relevant during the holiday season. If you like your holidays with a dash of gore and not-so-subtle political themes, “Wendell & Wild” is for you.  


Tokyo Godfathers 

From the director of acclaimed psychological thriller “Perfect Blue” comes a wildly fun, lighthearted adventure through Tokyo in “Tokyo Godfathers.” A testament to Satoshi Kon’s directorial versatility, this film is heartwarming, funny and always original. A found family story of a group of homeless misfits who found each other (and the Christmas spirit), watch this if you want to be immersed into a world where miracles do exist and everything turns out all right, in the best way possible.