Why Bring Down the Christmas Spirit?

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Let me set the record straight. Santa Claus does not carry axes or guns. Grim reapers should not be out and about during the holidays. And lastly (I cannot stress this enough), snowmen do not plot devious schemes to kill people.

What happened to the good ol’ Jack Frost? What happened to the jolly old man with a pot belly and pet reindeer?  As I sat down one day and the trailer for “Krampus” (a recently released film about a horned beast who supposedly punishes naughty children) popped up as an ad, I watched it by force and thought, “Oh, what has our world come to?”

It seems like Americans have a tendency to want to bring horror to the happiest time of the year. Christmas is supposed to be depicted as a joyful moment‒ a celebratory conclusion to the year. It exists as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior and the day of gift-giving and sharing.

Instead of watching “Santa’s Slay” and gaping at Santa Claus choking innocent civilians, let us watch “Elf” and laugh as Will Ferrell struggles to get on the escalator and interact with people on Earth. Instead of watching a film that contains gore and gouged-out eyeballs like “Black Christmas,” let us watch “The Polar Express” and remain in awe over the vivid and spirited animations. We should gather and appreciate one another instead of accumulating shrill screams that echo in the distance.

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Christmas horror movies exist because people simply seek to do something different. Especially the film industry. People in this industry need to think of new and unconventional ideas to garner people’s attention. I’m sure people were initially horrified when the first Christmas horror movie came out, and snowmen, who are supposed to be lovely, inanimate objects, carried dangerous weapons instead of possessing regular stick hands.

People either love the Christmas horror or hate it. Some people despise the fact that Christmas is the same every year. They want to add a little twist to everything, and enjoy the chills of the winter winds go down the back of their necks. Other people are appalled at the element of horror included in films related to Christmas. They don’t understand why their favorite Christmas figures since childhood are so distorted and unreal.

I love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and I imagine this adorable creature with doe eyes and a bright, red nose. I am devastated when I surf the Web and I find images of Rudolph with blood coming out of its mouth and smeared all over its body. It’s uncultured and just so… not right.

In a way, I do understand why these types of movies are made. Entertainment is supposed to entertain all audiences. Just like how everyone has different favorite colors, everyone has their own opinions and preferences. Everyone is different. This is acknowledged, and I get it. But, some things are just off-limits and should be left untouched, like Christmas.

Besides the gift giving and overwhelming feasts, the Christmas holiday is the time to appreciate others, enjoy the last few days of the year, and wait in anticipation for the new year. The warmth and love emitted from Christmas should be preserved and cherished. Horror movies have their own time to shine around Halloween. Right now is the time for Christmas comedies to take over.

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