Christmas is a time when families come together, when people rejoice and give gifts, and when people generally are able to forget their worries for a little while. Christmas is a time that most people have fond memories of, and most people also have favorite characters that they associate with the season.
There are some iconic Christmas characters that bridge the gap and that are universal in terms of bringing joy and evoking the Christmas spirit. Here, we will discuss ten of the most iconic Christmas characters that we all know and love.
The Most Iconic Christmas Characters
We have all heard some renditions of A Christmas Carol, from the classic live-action films to the cartoon adaptations. Odds are you know some form of the classic Christmas story that teaches us to cherish what we have and be kind to others. The main character, Scrooge, is what many people call those who do not like the holiday season, and that is why he is an iconic Christmas character.
Buddy the Elf-From Elf
This is a newer character, but still one of the best out there. Buddy the Elf espouses all the joy and happiness that comes with the season as well as the feeling of childhood wonder that we all feel during the Christmas season. Buddy is a character that both adults and children love and that we all think about during the Christmas season.
Cousin Eddie-From Christmas Vacation
We are all familiar with the Griswald family, but when it comes to Christmas, there is no better character than Cousin Eddie overstaying his holiday welcome in his dilapidated camper. This is a character that most adults love to hate and love to laugh at every Christmas.
Kevin McAllister-From Home Alone
This is a movie that generations have watched and loved and that many parents have shared with their kids as they have families of their own. The movie takes place during the Christmas season and Kevin has to face the challenges of being left home alone while his mother tries desperately to make her way back to him from Paris.
Ralphie- From a Christmas Story
If there is one film that the bulk of people have watched, it is a Christmas Story. The main protagonist, Ralphie, is all of us at one time or another during our childhoods trying to figure out how to get the present we want and survive Christmas with our family. The iconic line “You’ll shoot your eye out” is one that has been branded on shirts, that has been repeated over and over, and that is sure to stay with us all for decades to come.
George Bailey-From It’s a Wonderful Life
This is a character that our parents remember and that is part of one of the first Christmas movies that have been passed down from generation to generation. George Bailey loses everything and finds that there is magic in the holidays and that family is everything in this poignant and heart-touching movie. This is a film that many families watch every year and that is a part of the holiday season for so many people. It teaches us to love our family, be grateful for what we have, and ensure that we are doing all we can to cherish each and every minute.
John McClane- From Die Hard
This is one that might end up ruffling some feathers and that certainly forces some discussion. Some think that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, despite the fact that the entire plot unfolds during a company Christmas party, and there are others who feel that it is a necessary part of any holiday viewing. John McClane fights through a terrorist attack to save his estranged wife and does so with true Christmas spirit and style. Whether you think this is a Christmas movie or not, there is no denying that the movie is a great film, no matter what time of year you decide to enjoy it.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman
What would a classic Christmas figures list be without this beloved reindeer? He guides Santa’s sleigh, he has a true Christmas spirit, and he shows us that even though we might feel that our differences make us less, they actually make us the people that we are. These are truly timeless Christmas characters. Frosty is one that we all know and love and, in the classic stop-motion film, both are part of a Christmas story that has been passed down from generation to generation over the past few decades.
The Grinch - From the Grinch
Whether you like the live-action Jim Carrey version of this lovable Christmas Scrooge or you prefer the classic animated version, there is no denying that it is not the holiday season without the Grinch. He starts his journey as a miser that does not care for Christmas and who does not want to share holiday joy with the Whos that live below him. By the end of his journey, he realizes how important Christmas is and how important it is to love one another.
Jack Skellington- From A Nightmare Before Christmas
This is another movie that certainly brings up a great deal of debate for Christmas film lovers. Does it fall under the category of a Halloween film, or can it be viewed during the Christmas season? This is a film that can be viewed all year round and that is truly a great film no matter the time of year, but it is great during the holidays. Jack Skellington is a fantastic example of a character who takes the time to learn, grow, and become a better person.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
These two need no introduction really when talking about memorable Christmas characters. They are the spirit of the season and the entire reason that many holiday traditions even exist. While they are the classic characters that we all associate with Christmas, they are not simply a part of the list, they are the whole spirit and joy that the list and the season bring to all of us year after year.
The holiday season is one that is full of joy, happiness, giving, and a spirit that simply cannot be ignored. Christmas is a time that brings us all together and that truly helps us to see what we have and to see how wonderful our lives really are. For those who are having work parties, are going to Christmas events, or are going to any festive occasion, there are some great things that you can do to make your party even more special and truly unique.
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Who is the most iconic Christmas Character?
When discussing beloved Christmas characters, I think it is safe to say that Santa is the most iconic of all. The first iteration of the face that we all associate with this beloved jolly man was introduced in 1863, and he has changed and adapted with our times to reflect the spirit of the season and the love that we all have for him.
What is the most popular person associated with Christmas?
For some, this might still be Santa Claus, but for others, Mariah Carey is the one that rings in the season and starts our holiday season with her iconic song, “All I Want for Christmas”. She is a celebrity that we all think of when we think of Christmas, and she is one that we will always think of for years to come.
Who played the best Santa ever?
While best is a subjective term, it is safe to say that Tim Allen played an impeccable Santa in the Santa Clause movies. He plays a man who accidentally steps into the role of Santa and his character spans over several movies that are all part of the same franchise and a few different movies.