Bah, Humbug! Don’t Be an Ebenezer, and 6 Other Lessons We Learned From Classic Holiday Movies

Sit back, sip your cider, and take a walk down memory lane.
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Dec 23, 2014· 0 MIN READ
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

With the holiday season in full swing, take a moment to remember the simple things these films taught us about life.

1. Scrooged

Bill Murray’s version of Ebenezer Scrooge discovers that stinginess at the expense of others leads to no good. Hear that, fast-food execs?

2. Home Alone 2

As Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) finds out, everyone has a story—including each of the 610,000 people in the United States who don’t have homes. Help fight the stigma, and donate to your local shelter.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Let wildlife be in its natural habitat. In China, the reindeer population has plummeted 28 percent from the 1970s because herders are pushing the animals away from food sources toward areas where tourists can ogle at them.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Less-than-perfect elements in nature like Charlie Brown’s scraggy sapling aren’t so terrible. That goes for lumpy and bruised produce at your supermarket too.

5. A Christmas Story

Don’t fall for a crummy commercial for a crummy sugary drink like Ralphie did.

6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Poor Catherine—it’s always hard to tell how the turkey will turn out. But one thing’s for sure: Factory-farmed poultry is never a good idea. She should have gone with a heritage turkey.

7. Elf

All body types are beautiful.