For some reason after Christmas cookies, I think of Christmas movies. Maybe because we didn’t have a lot of specifically Christmas books that I remember, but I do remember watching movies with my family at Christmas time.
Now, I have kids and I have my own Christmas movie traditions that we keep every year, and it seems like every year we add another movie that we have to see for it to feel like Christmas.
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The day after Thanksgiving I break out all of our Christmas movies and we watch my all time favorite Christmas movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol. I’ve always loved the Muppets, and when you put the Muppets together with “A Christmas Carol” you get my all time favorite Christmas movie. I frequently watch this movie when I’m not feeling well, and can probably quote large parts of it to you and then snicker to myself as I watch the scene in my head.
I will happily sing this song from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I don’t care that it’s not “One more sleep ’till Christmas.”
At least once we will watch A Charlie Brown Christmas (Actually for our first Christmas together Jeff got me the Peanuts Holiday Collection, and we pull it out every major holiday to watch the relevant DVD). I love Linus’ speech on the true meaning of Christmas, and how everyone gets together to make Charlie Brown’s tree into something amazing.
I love the old 1960s animated Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we used to record it off of the TV, but a few years ago Batman gave me the DVD for my Christmas present from him, and so ever since I haven’t been dependent on recording it. I love watching it with the kids and singing along with the movies.
I love the Veggietales movie about Saint Nicholas. ST. NICHOLAS: A STORY OF JOYFUL GIVINGhas so many fun songs and it makes a great tie-in for Saint Nicholas Day on December 6. Watching it just makes me smile. It’s my favorite of the 5 or 6 Veggietales Christmas movies that have come out over the years.
I had a short period of time where I recorded every Christmas movie I could find, and that’s how I found the last movie I’m going to share, The Christmas Card. It’s a fun romantic comedy that Jeff and I enjoy watching a couple of times every Christmas. I always enjoy romantic comedies, but the more recent trend in them is for it to be couple after couple falling into bed together.
I’ve tried my kids on many of the other Christmas classics from when I was a kid, but they’ve never really warmed up to them. They haven’t wanted to watch Frosty or Rudolph really.
What Christmas movies do you watch with your family?
I’ve got a couple of movies I’m going to try and check into this year, it’s going to be the same mystery as always if the kids will like it.
This is part of Creating Christmas Traditions series come back tomorrow as I talk about Christmas giving traditions. For more Christmas posts check out iHomeschool Network’s 5 Days of Christmas series.