The. Greatest. Christmas. Movie. Ever.
This movie taught 3rd graders everywhere to defend their home against burglars, fight for their cheese pizza, and take showers washing every body part with actual soap.
Now I know a lot of you probably look like this right now because of that opening statement.
You might be thinking there’s no way Home Alone is better than A Christmas Carol (Muppets, Jim Carrey, Professor X, all valid.) A Christmas Story, Elf, or The Nightmare before Christmas.
But forget just a second about how unrealistic it is.
We know there’s no way an 8 year old could actually be such a devastating combination of smart/cunning/adorable.
And the wet bandits… there’s no way they could actually be that stupid. (or that impervious to injury. I mean… Harry literally had his head lit on fire, cooled it in the snow, and got right back up. That’s amazing.)
Home Alone is so much more than that!
Don’t get me wrong, I still laugh every time Marv hits Harry with the crowbar, or Marv steps on the ornaments, or Marv steps on the nail in the tar stairs, or Marv gets hit in the face with an iron, or Marv gets shot in the face with a B.B gun, or Marv asks Harry why he’s dressed like a chicken.
But beyond that, Home Alone is such a beautiful story of reconciliation.
You’ve got this huge family, and the kid who’s just a bit of an oddball.
[Let’s face it, Kevin is indeed a pain, disease, and what the French call les incompetents.]
His family is definitely not perfect either, they totally pick on him!
[I mean, would YOU want to sleep with fuller? He wets the bed!]
And they do things without thinking, and say things they don’t mean.
It’s not until they put themselves in a desperate situation that they realize how much they wish they could take those things back.
Then there’s that crazy neighbor, who’s sadly mislabeled as a snow shovel murderer, (Which, let’s be honest, could really happen to anyone)
and then you find out that he got in an argument with his son and no longer speaks to him, and wants to fix things but is afraid to call him.
And in the end, with both sides making an effort, Kevin is reunited with his family.
And the neighbor turns out to be a really nice guy, who beings to repair his own family relationship.
And isn’t that what family is? The people with who you will always have hope for reconciliation?
And isn’t that the heart of the Christmas narrative? Hope and reconciliation?
Do yourself a few favors.
1. Thank God for your family.
2. Watch Home Alone.
3. Have a Merry Christmas.
and keep the change, you filthy animal
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