Christmas time brings with it all sorts of traditions.
We all have our family traditions. We’ve got favorite foods, desserts, decorations, songs and movies. We love movies around here, and Christmas movies just MUST be watched at during this season! My kids love Christmas movies so much that they usually begin watching them mid-summer– much to my horror. Christmas time = Christmas movies. Fourth of July… notsomuch.
Just let the temperatures drop. Let the nights become frosty. Let me put the Christmas tree up first. (That will be the day after Thanksgiving.) THEN bring on the Christmas movies! There are oh, so many favorites! This list is by no means exhaustive, but I tried. 🙂 I also have some kid-friendly quick snack recipes for you, so plan your family movie nights with me!
Disclaimer: I wanted to make it very EASY for you to find good Christmas movies. Every title is linked to Amazon’s listing for that movie, and you will find that MANY titles are available for online rental through Amazon for between $1.99-3.99, or FREE if you have an Amazon Prime Membership (I LOVE THAT!) You can even try an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
Not every movie here will appeal to you. Some of the movies contain references to Santa. Others contain spirituality of one sort or another. Some may have some rude or adult humor or situations. Use your own judgement and please do not take this listing as a blanket endorsement from myself, the iHomeschool Network, or the Christian faith. As with everything, use your head. Only you can decide what to allow your children to watch.
I was careful to try to put the movies in the proper categories by viewing age, but there is no way for me to know what happens in every single movie.
Classics with a Capital “C”
A Christmas Carol (1999, George C. Scott)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (1984, Mickey Rooney) Out of production. If you can find it used, DO!!!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1947, James Stewart, Donna Reed)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947, Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwen)
White Christmas (1954, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay)
While you’re watching one of the classics, why not snack on some Puppy Chow? It’s fast and easy to make and it won’t last very long!
9 Cups Rice or Corn Chex style cereal
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1-1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Put the powdered sugar in a gallon size zipper storage bag. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a pan on low until combined. Remove from stove and add cereal, stirring until coated. Add the cereal to the zipper bag, zip shut and shake until all the cereal is coated with powdered sugar. Pour into a bowl and enjoy. If there are leftovers (as if!!), store in a sealed zipper storage bag.
Family Movies, Kids and Up
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2010, Jim Carrey)
A Christmas Memory (1997, Patty Duke)
A Grandpa For Christmas (2007, Ernest Borgnine & Katherine Helmond)
Back to Christmas (2015, Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney)
Bush Christmas (1947 B & W, set in Australia)
Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010, Doris Roberts)
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987, Tom Wopat, John Schneider)
The Christmas Dragon (2015, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen)
Christmas Eve (2015, Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole)
Christmas With the Kranks (2003, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Allen)
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey)
Elf (2004, Will Farrell, James Caan)
Fred Claus (2007, Vince Vaughan)
Get Santa (2015, Jim Broadbent)
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (2000, Michelle Lee, Elmo Shropshire)
Gremlins (1984, Phoebe Cates)
Home Alone (1990, Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci)
Jack Frost (2008, Michael Keaton)
Moonlight & Mistletoe (2009, Tom Arnold)
A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996, James Callahan)
One Christmas (1994- Henry Winkler, Katherine Hepburn)
One Magic Christmas (1985, Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton)
Prancer (1989, Sam Elliot, Cloris Leachman)
Santa and Pete (1999, James Earl Jones)
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985- Dudley Moore, John Lithgow)
The Angel Doll (2003, Keith Carradine)
The Christmas Bunny (2011, Florence Henderson)
The Christmas Card (2006, Ed Asner)
The Christmas Shoes (2002, Rob Lowe)
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008, Henry Winkler, Brook Burns)
The Nativity Story (2006, Keisha Castle-Hughes)
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (1993, Macaulay Culkin)
The Polar Express (2005, Tom Hanks)
A Royal Christmas (2014, Lacey Chabert, Jane Seymour)
The Santa Clause (1994, Tim Allen)
The Santa Clause 2 (2002, Tim Allen)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006, Tim Allen)
The Santa Trap (2002, Shelly Long, Dick Van Patton)
The Tree That Saved Christmas (2014, Lacey Chabert)
After many tries and failures, I finally came up with a Kettle Corn recipe is simple, easy, and delicious! Quick to fix for movie nights, your kids are going to LOVE this.
Stovetop Kettle-Style Popcorn
1/2 C. Popcorn
1/3 C. oil (vegetable or coconut)
1/3 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or a Whirly-Pop stovetop popcorn popper. Drop a couple of corn kernels in, and when they pop, you’re ready to start. Pour in the sugar and the popcorn kernels, cover, and heat until they start to pop. Being sure the lid is secure, shake the pan about every 15-20 seconds, to prevent the popcorn and sugar from burning (or just keep turning, turning your Whirly Pop). When popping slows down, make sure you’re giving it enough movement so nothing burns. Remove from heat after 10-15 seconds of no popping. Pour into a large bowl and salt to taste.
Fun for Kids
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965, Animated)
Adventures in Odyssey: Electric Christmas (2013, Animated)
A Golden Christmas (2010)
Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000, Animated)
Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977, Jim Henson’s Muppets)
Fat Albert’s Christmas Special (1977, Animated, Bill Cosby)
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976, Animated Original)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, Animated Original)
Jack Frost (Buddy Hackett, Robin Morse)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (2009, Disney Animated)
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001, Disney Animation)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (2003, Disney Animation)
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (2011, Animated)
The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (2005, Jim Henson’s Muppets)
For Younger Kids
Alpha Bots Christmas (2005, Animated)
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (from the Arthur animated series)
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1992, Animated)
The Star of Christmas (2002, Veggie Tales animated)
The Tangerine Bear (2000, Animated)
St. Nicholas: A Tale of Joyful Giving (2009, Veggie Tales animated)
For Teens or Adults
Noel (2004, Susan Sarandon, Alan Arkin)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (2003, Chevy Chase)
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013, Tyler Perry)
The Passion of the Christ (2004, Mel Gibson produced)
Also see: 15 Ways to Bring Peace to Your Holidays
Happy movie watching this Christmas season!
This post is part of the 25 Days of Christmas Ultimate Blog Hop over at the iHomeschool Network.
Image Source: Puppy Chow