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Enjoying Family Movie Nights

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One of the things that we love to do as a family is to watch movies. It’s usually a weekly event. It’s rare that we go to the movie theatre, but when we do, it is a fun event. Regularly, we watch movies at home and we have a little ritual that goes on.

  1. Pop corn in the air popper, drench it with butter.
  2. Kids swarm the parent holding the popcorn bowl and each fills his bowl.
  3. Set the movie to play. We prefer DVDs since us old folks need to have subtitles ’cause we can’t hear above the din of the crowd. (It also helps little guys practice their reading skills.)
  4. Somebody has to go to the bathroom before the title sequence appears. Press pause.
  5. Enjoy a great flick and laugh and cry together. Usually it’s just me doing the crying.
  6. Parents eat most of the popcorn since they’re holding the big bowl.
  7. Smaller children fall asleep amid popcorn and laughter and are carried to bed before they wake and have a second wind.
  8. Fun memories are made.

In case you didn’t know, the Oscars are quickly approaching – next Sunday to be exact. Why not host your own Family Film Festival? So fun to watch multiple movies in a row.

Unsure how to fit movies into the budget? You’d be surprised how inexpensively you can catch a flick.

Wondering how to get hubby to watch a chick flick? There are some great movies for men that don’t include blood, gore, or Nascar.

What’s your family movie tradition?

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  1. We have a pull-down screen and projector (left over from our support raising days as missionaries) in a basement room that we call our “movie room”. We never go to the movie theater anymore because of the cost (INSANE!!), but we enjoy a lot of movies here at home. Most recently we used the big screen to watch the Olympics, which was great (and free!). We get cheap DVD’s used from a local used book/DVD store, or if we rent, we use Redbox ($1 for new releases!). Popcorn, cheese, and grapes used to be the snacks of choice, but since our new diet, we are snacking on peanuts, cucumber slices (with dill), cheese, and Canadian bacon. Not bad at all! :-)

  2. We had family movie nights much like that growing up, only we called them Family Parties. I have fond memories of shaking the popcorn bowl to mix the butter and salt over all the popcorn. Good memories.

  3. Now that my husband and I are “empty nesters” we designate Saturday nights as our Movie Date night. We either borrow a dvd from the library, our son Jaysn (who buys lots of the new releases), use a free movie rental coupon from Blockbuster (e-rewards remdeption) or watch an old favorite that we already own. We snuggle into bed, propped up with soft pillows, with popcorn and big glasses of water and the dog and one of the cats joins us for movie night! :)

  4. We LOVE movie nights at home! We don’t go out to the theatre unless we have a gift card since it’s so expensive. It’s so fun to turn out all of the lights, eat popcorn & candy, and snuggle up on the couch as a family. Plus, pajamas are completely acceptable at home! The theatre, not so much ;)

  5. We have “couch night” when my big kids were all little I even joined in. Basically I just let them stay up and watch movies until they fall asleep on the couches. 15 years later the little kids still enjoy couch night. It started at my cousin’s house back when TV shows on Friday nights were family friendly – Full House, Who’s the Boss etc. and now in the age of DVD’s it is movies. We have lots of fun memories of this tradition.

  6. We do this in our family, but it includes my parents. My youngest son started it when he requested Grandparents Movie Night. In the winter we usually have a fire, roast marshmallows, eat popcorn, drink hot chocolate and watch the movie. We had one Sunday night since it was the last night Ethan would be able to eat popcorn for a while. (Tonsillectomy yesterday.) Wonderful memories every time.

  7. Yes, we love to have family nights also! Sometimes we buy the full bar candy (big M&Ms, Whoppers, Mike-n-Ikes, Goobers, etc.) that you would find at a movie theater (from the grocery store –cheap) as a special treat.
    We eat our popcorn in “popcorn” containers that we got from Target for $1 each.
    Sometimes, I will expand on the theme of the movie — for example we watched Ratatouille — guess what we had for dinner that night?

    Lots of fun and so memorable for the kids and us BIG kids too!

    Blessings,
    Bella
    http://lildaisies.blogspot.com/

  8. This really brought back memories! As a kid, I was the one “in charge” of the popcorn and my dad always made a big deal about how perfect it was. It made me feel so special! Of course, back then it was all on the VCR. My son is only 14 months, but this was a great reminder to take time for this special activity I remember from my childhood.

  9. Our lil’ guy isn’t old enough for movies yet (he can barely sit through a commercial!), but I cannot WAIT to do this when he’s ready! We used to do this with TV shows when I was little (Little House on the Prairie, anyone?)

  10. Can I tell you how happy it made me to know I am not the only person who likes to watch movies with the subtitles on. The down side (which ALWAYS make me say feel old) – having to choose the option “English for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.” I guess I am hard of hearing. I didn’t know that!

  11. We have an air popper, too. I have a question for those of you who also have one: do you get chewy popcorn from yours? Is it the popper? Is it the popcorn? I really love the idea of having fresh, quality popcorn, but it really tastes terrible. It’s so “chewy” that we want to go back to the microwave kind. Help!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Becky, it sounds like the popcorn. We don’t have that problem. But, I know that what makes the pop is moisture in the kernel. That moisture can evaporate. Perhaps stale popcorn is the problem?

  12. Thanks for sharing, Morgan! The Orville Redenbacher was the popcorn of choice for us (since I had coupons, of course). It’s the only popcorn we’ve used in our popper. I rarely shop at Wal-Mart, but will plan to stop by and try out their popcorn per your suggestion.

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