5) Love Actually– A medley of love stories tied together by the magic of Christmas. Though not the epitome of “political,” some vignettes depict provocative issues, like the reaction of the British prime minister (played by the charming Hugh Grant) to an uncouth American president (Billy Bob Thornton’s) attempted seduction of a young British cabinet member.
4) The Nativity Story – The film does its best to tell the epic story of Baby Jesus’ birth, i.e., the birth of Christmas. Not the most political in the traditional sense, but this was probably one of the last times an Ethiopian, an Asian, and an Arab (ahem, the three wise men) came together in peace to bring a Jewish baby a Christmas gift.
3) A Christmas Story – The quintessential holiday tale of a bygone era, when everyone’s biggest worry was the Soviets dropping the A-bomb and whether or not Santa was going to bring you a BB Gun for Christmas.
2) A Christmas Carol – Greed at its worst. Today, Scrooge would be called the leader to the wealthy 1%. However, the pure disdain with which he treats poverty and London’s lower class makes our 99% look like ballers.
1) It’s a Wonderful Life – Nothing is more classic or timely than this film. The story of a man who contemplates ending it all after he loses everything during the Depression hits a little to close to home for many this holiday season. However, the Frank Capra classic does remind us that everyone contributes something special to the world.