With the wind blowing and the snow falling, December is a great month for snuggling in with the family for frequent movie nights or marathon afternoons! December is the time that all of the holiday classics play, so you might just be able to watch what’s already playing on television. Otherwise, you can always hit up the Redbox or Netflix for holiday favorites. Here are a few of my family’s faves, to get you started:
- A Christmas Story Ahh, the quintessential tale of Ralphie, an elementary school student of the 1940s, and his desire for a Red Ryder BB gun. My kids absolutely love this one, and the good news for them is that it’s always on as a marathon starting on Christmas Eve on TBS. It starts every two hours, so you can watch it any time at night on Christmas Eve or during the day or early evening of the 25th.
- Elf If you have older kids, they’ll probably love watching the antics of Buddy, the human elf who leaves the North Pole in search of his father. There’s just enough grossness (like Buddy’s pouring maple syrup on spaghetti and chewing gum that he finds stuck to a pole) to keep kids entertained while not turning off Mom and Dad.
- Miracle on 34th Street This is one that I watched as a little girl, but it was remade in 1994 to make it a bit more modern. It’s the story of Susan Walker, a girl who does not believe in magic, including Santa Claus. When she meets a nice old man who just might be the real Kris Kringle, though, her attitude changes.
- A Rugrat’s Chanukah My grandmother celebrates Chanukah, so I’ve always felt that it was important for my kids to understand a bit about their heritage. A Rugrat’s Chanukah appeals to kids because the babies act out the Chanukah story in a kid-friendly way.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas This is an old favorite from my own childhood; I can almost recite it! You probably can, too. Kids love the story of Whoville and the Grinch, whose heart was three sizes too small.
Of course, there are a lot of old favorites, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and newer movies centered around the holiday season that come out every year. Take some time to find new ones and try out some old ones with your family this holiday season!
What are some of your favorite holiday-themed movies?