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Morningside’s Favorite Holiday Music and Movies

large_happy-holidays-title(12.19.16) By Blake Meacham–It’s that time of the year again for Morningside students. When finals week just kicked you down and made you feel poorly about yourself. What’s the best way to lighten up your mood so that you can forget about that C- you barely scraped up in chemistry? Some of your favorite holiday songs and movies on repeat!

I went around asking some students across campus about some of their most frequently played songs or movies around the holiday season. While I got many different answers, almost all of their reasons were the same: “It just puts me in the holiday spirit!”

“I love Polar Express,” chimed Kara Grassau, a sophomore. “It talks about the true meaning of Christmas, and the music really cheers me up.”

While Polar Express is one of the most popular animated Christmas movies of all time, especially in younger generations, that doesn’t mean some Morningside students prefer one of the all-time classic animated movies.

“I have to go with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” said Emalee Barton, a junior and an education major. “It always finds a way to put me in the best moods.”

Last year, I watched It’s A Wonderful Life for the first time ever. It turned out to become an immediate favorite of mine. For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend doing so. I’m not the only one who suggests it for everybody.”

“If you don’t see It’s A Wonderful Life,” explained Mitch Kellogg, a junior, “you’re missing out. It shows that you have to appreciate what you have and how much people take things for granted. The movie is a reminder to take a step back in your life and remember how lucky you are sometimes.”

While these movies are great to sit by a fire with your family and watch with some popcorn, some of Morningside’s favorite holiday songs let you get in the right mood when you’re in the car or when you’re decorating the tree.

“Oh my gosh, I love Mistletoe by Justin Bieber,” stated senior Morgan Fogelman, emphatically. “It’s just so catchy!”

Sometimes the newer songs by newer artists tend to get people fired up for the season. However, that’s not the case for everybody.

“I love Little Drummer Boy,” said senior Matt Klemme, to the surprise of some of his classmates. “What? It’s a classic. And a low-key banger.”

Sometimes, you just fall for those songs that are more obscure than others. That’s the case for senior Taylor Weiler.

“Not everybody knows this song, but my favorite is Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Everybody knows the names, but not the song. I think that’s one reason I like it.”

Maybe some of these movie and song choices aren’t the ones you are watching or listening to this holiday season. Regardless, your best bet for getting out of the funk that is finals week is watching your favorite holiday movie and listening to your favorite holiday song.