We've made it to day five of my series on giving Christmas presence not presents. I am a sucker for a good movie and popcorn, and there are some great family movies at Christmas time, so why not come together and watch with your family?
The first year we practiced Christmas presence was the year that Frozen came out. We're not ever up on the times, so it had been out for over a month and we hadn't seen it yet. So Christmas morning I planned on filling our time together with an exciting trip to see the movie that everyone was talking about. And yes, we all loved it!
Movies don't have to be a bad thing...maybe if you watched them all day every day to the exclusion of quality time together. The right movie at the right time can be a great way to strengthen family bonds - that is if you're not checking your phone the whole time *guilty*
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Our top 10 Christmas must watch list:
- Elf - who can resist the crazy antics of Will Ferrell? I can't!
- Nativity Story - This is such a cool adaptation of the Christmas story
- White Christmas - A classic Christmas musical...I love this one!
- Miracle on 34th Street - I love the newer version, but the classic version is good also
- A Christmas Story - If nothing other than to hear, "You'll shoot your eye out!"
- The Santa Clause Trilogy - My favorite is still the first one, but it's fun to watch all three
- The Polar Express - You definitely need hot cocoa while watching this one
- A Charlie Brown Christmas - I love that little Christmas tree
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas - cartoon version
- It's a Wonderful Life - I cry every time...
Beyond those movies we love looking for new movies to call our favorites. When I asked my kids what their favorite Christmas movie was, they listed off some unexpected ones:
- The Star of Bethlehem - a documentary tracking the stars at the time of Christ's birth.
- Home Alone - My daughter is begging for this one...not my favorite!
- Secrets in the Snow - High schoolers trapped at school in a snow storm learn more about themselves as they get to know the strangers they are stuck with.
If all else fails, we always head to the Halmark Channel to offer sweet family Christmas stories. Oh yeah, they're cheesy, but that is our favorite part.
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
Day 5: Snuggling Up with a Good Movie
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.