Holiday Movie Round-Up

The four day weekend begs for at least one family movie viewing, doesn’t it? Here’s a handful of my kids’ recent faves.

muppets christmas carol

While we don’t have any regular Thanksgiving traditions — besides eating — we typically start thinking and planning and crafting for upcoming Christmas celebrations over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That usually includes busting out our Jesse Tree ornaments and some Christmas-themed films.

Here are five favorite films that my kids enjoy watching:

The Muppet Christmas Carol

My younger kids loved the recent Muppets movie, so they were thrilled when we received a review copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol, now available in a 20th anniversary edition Blu-Ray. I’m partial to the Jim Carey version, but Kermit and Miss Piggy hold their hearts.

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and how he learns to give is one that all of us need be reminded of from time to time. I know I do.

Elf

Elf is another favorite, starring the often inappropriate-but-he’s-okay-in-this-movie, Will Ferrell. He stars as Buddy, a human boy, raised by elves, who doesn’t know his true identity until he’s fully grown. Much more fully grown than the itty bitty elves he towers over. Hilarity follows him as he reclaims his parentage and reenters the real world.

This movie is a hoot! We are always kept laughing. Cute and sweet, it is a family favorite already. And there’s a very cute tshirt at Old Navy that I’ve got my eye on.

Home Alone

Let’s face it, the men outnumber the women in our home 5 to 3, so it’s only natural that Home Alone ranks as a must-see for my kids.  The slapstick comedy and one-liners in this film are classic. The fact that is has stood the test of time from my childhood to theirs is a testimony to that.

Warning: Preview it for language and mild violence. It’s not for all kids or all families. But, the ideas and messages stand above the laughs.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

What is a holiday movie viewing without A Charlie Brown Christmas?! In case you don’t know the story, Charlie Brown is appointed director of the Christmas play, but quickly becomes overwhelmed by all the bruhaha attached to the commercialized and fake celebrations of the holiday. He digs deeper for the true meaning of Christmas.

Who doesn’t like this classic story? It’s long-standing appeal is a testimony to Charles Schulz’s genius in getting to the bottom line. Linus’ monologue rocks.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I think that Dr Seuss and Charles Schulz might have been soul mates. The classic animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas never grows old. The newer, live action version,  How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carey, is super slow and boring at the beginning, but once you get past a certain point, it’s a fun ride. Weird, to say the least, but an interesting take on the old classic.

Either way, the story holds valuable lessons for all of us.

Got a favorite holiday movie at YOUR house?

Disclosure: This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. I was sent a review copy of the Muppet Christmas Carol. Others we have rented or purchased. All opinions are my own.

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  1. We just got “Arthur Christmas” from Redbox and loved it. My favorite classic is “Frosty the Snowman”

  2. I always watch The Family Stone….not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it helps me to keep a thankful heart for my beautiful family at the holidays!

  3. I really enjoy watching the Santa Clause movies. The 3rd one is my favorite. I also love the classics. Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, etc. I watched a movie on Netflix the other night called the 12 Dates of Christmas. It was more of a chic flick but it was pretty funny and heart warming.
    Have a lovely day!
    Kim

  4. We have a whole box of holiday movies. Our tradition is to watch ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (original version) on Thanksgiving night. I also like ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ with Ricky Schroeder, ‘Scrooge’ with George C Scott, and the Waltons – ‘The Homecoming: A Christmas Story’. Oh, my hubby’s fav is definitely, ‘A Christmas Story’. “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

  5. Miracle on 34th street is one of my favorites. The classic frosty, santa claus is coming to town older cartoons I love. Jingle all the way, santa clause, elmo’s saves christmas and the muppet family christmas are also ones on my christmas list.

  6. I read this post to my dh while we are driving 8 hours to my moms house for thanksgiving. He said, “what about a Christmas story – you’ll shoot your eye out!”

  7. Elizabeth Kane says:

    Love watching the Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch, and of course, a Charlie Brown Christmas around this time of year! I’ll try holding off watching them until after Thursday.

    Oh, and I have the Charlie Brown Christmas play list on my phone that I may or may not start listening to as early as October… :) Happy Thanksgiving, Jessica!

  8. LOVE all these movies, but have to disagree on the live action Grinch. I thought it was AWFUL! I mean, the whole point of the book was that the Whos knew that Christmas was about more than material things, but in the movie they are a mean, materialistic bunch. I thought it was really incongruous with the message of the book.

    New favorites in our house are the Pixar “Prep & Landing” movies. We LOVE them– in fact, we recorded “Naughty vs. Nice” last year and never deleted it from the DVR. Little Man would ask for it in the middle of July and often shouts “Jingle BAM!” at random moments. We purchased the original DVD on Amazon after watching “Naughty vs. Nice” last year and really like the additional video included on the DVD. Kind of hoping they have made another one for this holiday season!

    JINGLE BAM!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Isn’t that funny how different our tastes can be? I thought that the Prep&Landing movies had a few too many innuendos in them. I suppose Grinch might have as well. Guess I need to go back and review.

  9. I love non-traditional movies- In the Good Old Summertime (takes place mostly at Christmas) with Van Johnson and Judy Garland, While You Were Sleeping, and A Holiday for Love. I also love White Christmas and The Sound of Music. Ernest Saves Christmas is funny and The Santa Clause.

  10. I’ll add Frosty, the 1970 Santa Clause is coming to Town, and the Santa Clause movies.

  11. Our favorite movies are very different than the ones listed…..The Very First Noel, The Nativity Story, The Fourth King, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (loosly based on classic book). These are the favorites for our young family (ages 5,8,10) for years and years. Iliked that many of the ones here I’ve never heard of. Time to rent them from the library.Thanks.

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