Holiday season is the perfect time for family togetherness. While the children are on school holidays, it’s great to sit back and enjoy each other’s company. Finding time to do something everyone enjoys can be difficult, but a movie is a great place to start. Here are some picks for the best Christmas movies to watch and enjoy with the family.
The Sweet: Polar Express
First and foremost, this is a beautifully animated movie. The original story (by Chris Van Allsburg) is told through the eyes of a young boy with growing doubts about Christmas. Following a train to Santa’s workshop is all the more enjoyable with Tom Hanks’ voicing talents, while encouraging you to truly believe in the power of Christmas. Polar Express is available in 3D from Warner Bros and is well worth checking out, so Warner Bros. to see it for yourself.
The Funny: Fred Claus
Don’t think every Christmas movie is clichéd or traditional. Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) is Saint Nick’s older brother, tired of living in the shadow of his generous and loved-by-everyone sibling. Fred Claus is a clever movie with plenty of giggles and an underlying heart-warming message that your kids can easily absorb. For the parents, any Paul Giamatti fan will love seeing him play Santa and Kevin Spacey is the ultimate in mean guys as the cost-cutting Clyde Northcutt.
The Traditional Movie: Miracle on 34th Street
When Macy’s department store hires a Santa Claus that is just a bit too convincing, he has awe-filled children in his wake and confused adults trying to figure him out. This is such a popular Christmas tale and has been remade, so take your pick of the version to watch.
The Close-To-Home Christmas Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Just what goes in to the perfect family Christmas? Clark Griswold and his bumbling family comes close to capturing the stress involved in trying to achieve the perfect Christmas. Clark is lovable and everything that can go wrong absolutely does – which will keep the kids laughing. Parents might find this a little too familiar!
The “Christmas is About More Than Presents” Movie: Home Alone
Reuniting with your family on Christmas should make every person happy. Throw in a chaotic family, a young boy left alone in his family’s mansion and a couple of thieves duped by a child and you have got something for everyone. Home Alone is a great family movie that hasn’t lost its touch.
The Traditional Story Made for Kids: The Muppet Christmas Carol
While the original Dickens’ classic might be a bit lost on younger children, the Muppets really deliver the key points. Yes, Bob Cratchit is played by Kermit the Frog, while Gonzo narrates as Charles Dickens – but don’t be put off by that. It is such a beautiful story and Michael Caine delivers a stellar performance in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge to capture the magic and the message of the original.
Do you and your family sit down with a Christmas movie? Maybe you have a favourite Christmas movie tradition, or a suggestion for essential holiday viewing? What movie do you look forward to during the holiday season?
What are your favourite Christmas movies?
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