When it comes to Christmas movies, everyone loves the classics. Sometimes, however, even these timeless movies become less relatable. Here are the sequels to some of these standards that are sure to resonate with OCU students.
1. Miracle on 23rd Street
For years, impersonators have arrived at OCU, pretending to be Kelli O’ Hara. All of the adults know they’re not actually the star, but they allow their children to take pictures with her anyway. One day, the Kelli O’ Hara impersonator shows up drunk. A beautiful woman who just received her doctorate shows up and volunteers to take the actor’s place. Soon, this woman begins singing “O Holy Night” flawlessly. No one knows where she came from.. Is she the true Kelli O’ Hara? The students seem to think so.
2. President Henry’s Christmas Vacation
President Henry has more Christmas spirit than ever, and he invites OCU students, faculty, and staff to join him in the Wilson House for a giant Christmas celebration. Soon, his plans to terribly wrong. He buys enough lights to cause a power outage on 23rd St. and forces Willie to rest while he cooks the Christmas turkey himself, burning it to a crisp. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse, a bunch of his old court friends crash the party, announcing that they no longer have houses. They make everything worse, and President Henry must pull himself together to pull off this crazy Christmas.
Kristin only ever wanted to be the elfin queen, but she never quite fit in at the North Pole. The other elves called her loud and shrill. Eventually, Santa Claus revealed the truth: she is a human! Kristin began her journey, ending up in Oklahoma, where her true abilities were appreciated. Finally, she became the true queen she always knew she had inside.
4. A Jo Rowan Christmas
It’s Christmastime, and Jo Rowan knows she should feel happy. She can’t seem to get in the holiday spirit, though, so Dean Bedford suggests that she run the Christmas show. She accepts and puts the whole show together, but at the end, she still feels like something is missing. Students suggest a flying angel and a giant Christmas tree, but none of their suggestions feel right. Eventually, she realizes the one thing the show is missing: a dancing hippo! Finally, the show is complete, and everyone remembers why they love Christmas – friends, dancing, and hippos.
5. It’s a Wanda-ful Life
Wanda Bass was a smart business woman with a bright future. Everyone knew she would do great things. However, when her father died, they told her if she didn’t take over OCU’s music program, Ann Lacy would turn the entire campus into a dance school. Wanda took one for the team and promised to stay. She is a great leader, loaning out Steinways to the students to use in their practice rooms whenever they request one. One day, all of her remaining Steinways are stolen. Wanda is so devastated she wishes she had never been born and almost jumps off a bridge. However, an angel named Florence Birdwell shows her what OCU would have become if she had never been born – a school without music. Wanda comes back to reality, and all of the students she has helped arrive to comfort her and give back their Steinways.
6. How Sonja Stole Christmas (Back from the Grinch)
At first, when the Grinch stole Christmas from Whoville, the Whos felt devastated. Luckily, the mayor of Whoville, Sonja Rhodes, reminded the citizens that Christmas is not about presents and decorations. She encouraged the Whos to cherish their families, friends, and relationships and began to lead them in Christmas carols. In the distance, Sonja noticed the Grinch watching sadly. He looked lonely, so she approached him. He told her that he only wanted to be part of the Whoville celebration, but he didn’t think he’d fit in. Sonja chuckled and said, “All you have to do is swipe your StarCard, silly!” The Grinch swiped his card joins Sonja and the Whos for the best Christmas ever.