Christmas Movies with Twisted Messages


Lordin Williams

Think about this next time you watch these

Lordin Williams, Staff Writer

We all love the holiday season. Families get together and watch movies that create a nice atmosphere. When we are watching classic beloved movies, we don’t think about some of the messages that these movies are conveying. Now I am like Switzerland on this topic, I can see both sides. Here are some movies that have twisted meanings.

Rudolph (1964)
Many people love Rudolph. Every year, families sit down and turn on the lovable reindeer movie and let their heart fill with joy at the goofy little misfit. But there lies the problem. The movie follows the adorable little animal as he is bullied for being different. This is probably one of the most problematic parts of the movie because when Santa realizes that he can be useful, he is accepted. Not the greatest message for kids. I feel they probably could have handled the message they were actually trying to convey better, but I guess what’s done is done.

Jingle all the Way (1996)
This movie is just a huge mess on its own, but the message is worse. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, Howard Langston, isn’t focused too much on his family, and after missing his son’s karate graduation, he tries to make it up to him, so it is almost like he is buying his son’s love. He goes through a wacky adventure, just so he can get a toy that his son really wants, only problem is, it is the hottest toy of the year and every child wants it. He does everything in his power to get it. To me, it seems he is trying to buy his son back.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Just like Rudolph, Charlie is treated bad, but the difference is that he is never really accepted. Sure, at the end they all gather and sing, but they never really stop treating him like an outcast. Throughout the whole series of Charlie Brown, he was mistreated and bullied, but never accepted for himself. This doesn’t seem like a message to convey to young children. Next time, while you’re watching this and laughing, think about how he is being treated.