Day 2: Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town

Caleigh Russo

 

For anybody who doesn’t celebrate Christmas or identifies as a Grinch, allow me to give you a quick synopsis of this yuletide classic. Similar to beloved Christmas chronicles like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” is the product of 70’s stopmotion, so it gives viewers a nostalgic vibe. It is one of those movies that your parents probably also watched as children. Telling the story of Santa’s childhood, the film follows protagonist Kris Kringle from his abandonment at birth to his wedding to Mrs. Klaus. With a snow warlock and, OF COURSE, Evil Mayor Meisterburger, this film is great for anyone looking for some quality (loose term) entertainment. With a soundtrack full of songs that will probably be stuck in your head throughout all of 2021 and heartwarming sentiments, I recommend this movie 5/10. Personally, my family has watched this movie every year for Christmas. If I’m being honest, we do not watch it for entertainment anymore, but out of tradition. Movies like this one, with a lot of sentimental value, give viewers joyful memories and help them reflect on the old ones.

Pictured above: Antagonist Meisterburger (who carries the entire movie)

That being said, I watch this movie for one reason and one reason only: Nostalgia.

Without further ado, here are some other memories that this movie reminds me of.

 

It’s Christmas time. You know, the time you’ve been waiting for all year. Since you were eight, you have anxiously awaited the arrival of good ol’ Saint Nick. You will never get to see him though, for if you do stay up to see him, you will get coal. At least that’s what your parents have told you. On Christmas eve night, you go to your grandparents house. You and your cousins are constantly checking the “Santa Tracker” app on your ipads. He just flew through Berlin, Germany, so he still has a long way to go. You are so excited. Staring at the Christmas tree, with the twenty year old ornaments, you wonder what Santa may give you this year. You told him what you wanted at the mall last week, so there is no way he won’t get it right. As you await Midnight Mass, you and your cousins play tag. Obviously, everyone tries to tag you because you’re the youngest. Afterall, there is an unspoken cousin hierarchy(The older cousins set the rules for the younger ones to follow. It’s the way of the world.). As you are sprinting towards someone, you knock over a vase. Oops. You get rid of the evidence and go to Midnight Mass.

 

You fell asleep at Midnight Mass. Now as you wake up, you realize it’s Christmas Morning. It’s 6am. You wake up your parents, who reluctantly go downstairs. It’s a chaotic frenzy at the Christmas Tree. Everyone is rummaging through the pile, trying to find a gift with their name. Find, open, set aside, search again. No time to mentally process the gift. Just find more presents. An eight year old’s Christmas Mantra.