Christmas is a time for family and friends. It’s a time when we want to be together, all snuggly warm and cozy. And what better way to spend time together than watching a fun movie!
Young and old alike enjoy watching funny, magical, and touching Christmas movies. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite movies that are suitable for all ages. I know that our Christmas season would not be complete without watching at least a couple of these movies.
A Christmas Story (1983) Set in a 1940s middle-America family’s Christmas celebration, this movie is loaded with laughs. Ralphie is growing up in a house with a cranky father, understanding (sometimes) mother, and whiny brother. He has an aunt who gives him pink bunny pajamas forgetting perhaps that he’s a growing boy who will get beat up if he wears them. All he really wants in the whole world for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. But, anytime he slips and tells someone about the BB gun, he’s told in no uncertain terms “you’ll shoot your eye out!” Even Santa is against him! In between bullies, triple-dog-dares, daydreaming about getting an A+++++ on his school work, and fighting marauders, Ralphie’s days are full. If only he could convince someone of his need for the Red Ryder BB gun, life would be good.
Elf (2003) What is a six foot elf doing in New York City? Finding his father and getting his name on the “Nice List” instead of the “Naughty List”, of course. Will Ferrell plays Elf, who when he was a baby, stow away by accident in Santa’s gift bag and ended up living at the North Pole being raised by the elves. When Buddy grows up, he realizes he is different from the “other” elves. When told about his father, he decided he would find him and fix him. Well, Buddy finds him alright, and a lot of other people that need fixing. Buddy realizes that not everyone was enjoying Christmas like they should, and certainly not like Buddy! James Caan and Bob Newhart are fabulous, as is Ferrell, which makes this movie not only funny but very well done.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) This “must see holiday movie” is worth more than a passing glance. James Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary Bailey offer wonderful performances that have lasted the test of time. Set in a small town, George has big dreams. Unfortunately, he has to put those dreams on hold when his family and his town needs him. When his life takes a seriously bad turn, he is sent a guardian angel, Clarence, who is on his first mission to Earth to earn his angel wings. With help from Clarence, and a little magic, George learns that even when things seem the darkest, having a loving family and good friends is all that really matters. At times funny, at times touching, this movie is a classic for all ages.
The Santa Clause (1994) Charlie is a boy with an imagination, but his imagination could get him in trouble with his Mom and her psychiatrist husband. Charlie’s Dad, Scott, is trying hard to let his son’s imagination run wild, but stories about going to the North Pole with Santa are a stretch. The problem is Charlie was at the North Pole with his Dad, but his Dad denies it. He even believes that his own memories of the night are a dream and his new “SC” monogrammed pj’s stand for Scott Calvin and not Santa Claus. What Scott is unwilling to believe for a long time is that he signed on with the Santa “clause” when the first Santa fell off his roof! After the initial shock wears off, Scott is more than willing to show his son a proper Christmas Eve. When you see the end of this movie, you’ll be a believer, too!
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The entire Muppet ensemble is turned out in classic costume for this remake of the literary masterpiece. Featuring Michael Caine, in person, as Ebeneezer Scrooge, this Christmas classic is well done and extremely entertaining. Charles Dickens is played beautifully by the Great Gonzo, and who doesn’t find that funny! The Muppets bring this classic tale to children using a lighthearted approach with laughter and music. The ghost scenes are not too dramatic or scary. This is a movie made for kids and grown ups alike.
Pick out a few movies and make a date with your family this year to spend some time together. Get out your blankets and pillows, pop some popcorn, and meet your loved ones in front of the television! Enjoy your snuggle time!