I’m pretty strict on respecting the bird, but once Thanksgiving is over I’m ready to don the Christmas jammies and dance around the living room to some Jingle Bell Rock (as in this actually happens Thanksgiving night). I love everything about Christmas. I love the way the lights look, and watching my daughters run to look for our Elf on the Shelf, Choo-Choo, every morning. I love drinking Bailey’s spiked hot chocolate while cuddled up with my husband on the couch. The cookie decorating, the candy making, the tree decorating, I just love it all! My very favorite thing about Christmas though is the movies. I am a proud Christmas movie junkie! As soon as my kids were up on Black Friday “Elf” was playing on my TV. I’ve been known to binge watch the Hallmark Channel during Christmas. I don’t care how awful and sappy they are, I just love them. So, from my family to yours, I give you the Top 5 Family Christmas Movies!*
5. Disney’s A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is one of the best classic Christmas stories out there. Before we had children Chris and I would go to Theater Memphis with our families every year to drink mulled cider and watch their performance of this beloved tale. Taking a toddler to Theater Memphis? Probably not the best idea. Disney’s A Christmas Carol fills in for now with great performances on the part of Jim Carrey as he plays many different roles. You can watch it on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas on December 17th at 8:45pm, December 20th at 12:45pm, December 21st at 9:00am, and December 24th at 5:oopm.
4. The Polar Express. With lines like, “seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things are the things we cannot see” this movie embodies so much of the magic surrounding Christmas. There are also a number of actions scenes (think the train spinning across a frozen lake), as well as song and dance numbers to keep the younger kids entertained even if they can’t grasp all of the themes. Add the phenomenal performance by Tom Hanks and you’ve got a winner! You can watch it on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas on December 16th at 8:15pm and December 17th at 6:30pm.
3. Home Alone There is a great deal of nostalgia involved in watching this movie. I can remember seeing this with my family when it came out in theaters, and howling at the bumbling, would be thieves as they are covered in super glue and feathers. Slapstick humor never goes out of style apparently, because my four year old thinks it is hilarious. Chris and I watch this every Christmas Eve after the kids have gone to bed. Once they are old enough to stay up a little later we will all watch it as a family. The nostalgia factor and the timeless humor make this one a must see family Christmas movie. Unfortunately, this one isn’t included in the 25 Days of Christmas. It’s also not available to watch on Netflix, unless you have their DVD service. You can rent a digital copy on Amazon Prime for only $3.99 or purchase one for $12.99
2. Nation Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I’m sorry, but there cannot be a list that does not include the Griswold Family’s wacky antics. It’s actually my dream to have a real Griswold Style Christmas one year, maybe just minus the giant tree and disentigrating turkey. There’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch with the family to watch Clark and the gang have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crobsy danced with well, you know the rest. The good news? Watching this on ABC Family means the more colorful language will be edited out making this a great family Christmas movie. You can watch it there on December 19th at 9:45pm, December 20th at 7:00pm, and December 23rd at 9:45 pm.
1) Elf. Did anyone have any doubt that this would be the number one family Christmas movie? It’s perfect. It has the quirky Zooey Deschanel alongside the always hilarious Will Ferrell singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Elf has more hilarious one liners than I can count. I exclaim “Son of a Nutcracker!” all year round. There’s even a chase scene with the Central Park Rangers in hot pursuit of Santa while Jovie and Michael desperately try to generate enough Christmas spirit to give Santa’s sleigh what it needs to fly! I honestly can’t think of a better Christmas movie for the whole family to enjoy than Elf. Clearly ABC Family agrees with me because it appears, by far, more than any other movie in their lineup. You can watch it December 12th at 9:00pm, December 13th an 2:15pm, December 15th at 8:15pm, December 16th at 6:00pm, December 20th at 9:15pm, December 21st at 6:30pm, Christmas Eve at 8:45pm, and on Christmas Day at 5:00pm.
You can check out the full 25 Days of Christmas schedule here.
*This is all totally my opinion, there was no actual science involved.
Movies to Snuggle Up with that Special Someone to Watch
Grab some of that spiked hot chocolate and curl up with your honey to watch these after the kiddos go to bed!
- Love, Actually. This is actually my favorite Christmas movie. It’s just got some racy content that isn’t really appropriate for little eyes. If the kiddos aren’t home you can watch it on December 17th at 10:15am, or you can rent or buy a digital version from Amazon Prime.
- Fred Claus. Another movie that is, in my opinion, just as funny as Elf, just not quite as child friendly! You can catch it late night on December 12th at 11:15pm the 25 Days of Christmas
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies to watch as a family?