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08-21-2014 02:58 AM
Carolinaslowly Home Alone

The movie is quite enjoyable as long as it explores the fantasy of a neglected little boy having an entire house of his own to explore and play in, and it still manages to be fun when he exhibits superhuman ingenuity and resourcefulness.
12-11-2013 10:56 AM
Commanda13

Just to warn others - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has a lot of swears and some sexual references in it, so we haven't watched it with our boys yet.

 

Our boys really enjoyed Elf and Home Alone.  Rudolph is a yearly tradition.


One more holiday movie that no one has mentioned yet is Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn.  We watched that last year and are looking forward to seeing it again this year.

02-22-2013 03:22 AM
johnstephen1

Family Man is my all time favorite Christmas movie wanna watch again and again.

12-22-2012 08:59 PM
Storm Bride

One I forgot is Annabelle's Wish. It's a bit on the sappy side, but my kids adore it.

12-19-2012 08:37 AM
EmsMom

One of my favorite christmas movies is The Homecoming.  That must have been on in the late 70s when I was a kid.  yeah, I am an older mom!  But I still find it very moving.  Another favorite as a kid was mr. magoo's christmas carol.  Probably no one has even heard of mr. magoo and I never actually saw any of the other mr. magoo cartoons, but this one has some really nice songs in it and I still like it.  My kids saw it last year (13 and 8) and they actually liked it better than frosty or rudolph.  little bear's solstice special is another fav, but my kids are kind of old for little bear now!

12-19-2012 04:29 AM
greenemami

We love Polar Express to watch on Christmas Eve, and I think a pretty wide age range would enjoy it (at least my 2-11 year olds all like it!)

12-18-2012 06:02 PM
Melanie Mayo

Thanks for the ideas everyone! We made list of 10 suggestions from this thread to share with the community. Check it out here

12-14-2012 12:55 AM
mommy68

Elf! love it

12-13-2012 09:21 PM
Smokering

Meet Me in St Louis. I love it. Funny, sad, hilariously dated but still witty...

12-13-2012 09:12 PM
MaryCM

Polar Express, in 3D and in a theater, if you can find it.  Love this movie and I'll never forget seeing it on an IMAX screen on Christmas Day!
 

12-12-2012 07:29 PM
kismetbaby Not for little kids, but my family watches Jingle All the Way every year. Really funny, the late Phil Hartmen steals the show in a supporting role.
12-12-2012 06:40 PM
sunanthem

The old school 'Babes in Toyland' with Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves.. not the best acting, but I adored this movie as a kid.

And of course, Home Alone 1 and 2.

12-12-2012 08:28 AM
nightfall00

My girls love T'was the Night Before Christmas, the mouse cartoon by Rankin and Bass. It's simple and sweet.

12-09-2012 06:56 AM
milagras

Definitely not a kid movie but a favorite this time of year - The Ref.  Oh and Trading Places is another one.
 

12-06-2012 10:42 AM
ollyoxenfree

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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post

The family favourite is A Charlie Brown Christmas, followed closely by the original animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. DD has a friend who insists that the Jim Carrey version is better than the animated version. We told her to get a better class of friends. (Yes, very Christmas-like of us, wasn't it?) 

 

I haven't watched A Charlie Brown Christmas in a long time. I should, because it's an ongoing family joke (sort of) that my mom and I love "Charlie Brown trees". I don't like my trees super bushy. I like them a bit sparse, so I can put ornaments inside and have them still be visible.

 

 

 

 

DD was at a craft show last weekend. She said that there was a vendor selling replica Charlie Brown trees. Little scraggly evergreens on a wooden base and with a single heavy ornament pulling the tip over toward the ground. I guess they were selling really well!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-06-2012 10:29 AM
Storm Bride
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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post

 

We just had this debate at the dinner table the other night. I say it totally counts. It's all about a family coming together to enjoy the holidays after conflict and hardship. Typical - even stereotypical - holiday stuff.   winky.gif    lol.gif  Not everyone agreed with me, sigh. 

 

I can get onboard with that.

 

 

The family favourite is A Charlie Brown Christmas, followed closely by the original animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. DD has a friend who insists that the Jim Carrey version is better than the animated version. We told her to get a better class of friends. (Yes, very Christmas-like of us, wasn't it?) 

 

I haven't watched A Charlie Brown Christmas in a long time. I should, because it's an ongoing family joke (sort of) that my mom and I love "Charlie Brown trees". I don't like my trees super bushy. I like them a bit sparse, so I can put ornaments inside and have them still be visible.

 

 

The kids like Elf and I enjoy it but it isn't my sentimental fave. That's probably It's a Wonderful Life, because that was my father's favourite. I haven't watched it in a few years though, because it's so bloody long. 

 

I enjoy It's a Wonderful Life, but do find it a bit long. DH watches it every year, so I just kind of go with it.

 

 

DH's favourite is the Alastair Sims version of A Christmas Carol. 

 

I like that one, except for the end scene. When he wakes up after all the visits, I find the capering and what have you to be a little too over the top for my liking in that version. I do like it - just prefer the one with George C. Scott.

 

 

A long time ago, back when we had a VHS recorder, I made a tape of my favourite Christmas episodes from some television series. I haven't watched it in years, but the one that stands out is the first Christmas episode from Northern Exposure. My recollection is that it beautifully and sensitively managed the concept of tolerating, appreciating and celebrating different holiday traditions. 

 

If I was making the same kind of recording this year, I would definitely add the Christmas episodes from Community. They are well-written, well-acted, hilarious and touching. The stop-motion episode was genius. 

 

ETA: Just coming back to add the Seinfeld episode about Festivus. Not exactly my favourite but it's a good parody and makes some worthwhile points at this time of year. 

 

I don't really watch tv anymore, but I do remember enjoying Northern Exposure, when I remembered to watch it. I can't remember if I saw the first Christms one or not. I think I saw a Christmas one, but I'm not sure which one. I should get that show for dh...it had a moose in the opening credits, and he likes moose.

12-06-2012 07:15 AM
ollyoxenfree
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

Die Hard probably doesn't count, technically, as a Christmas movie, but I usually watch it at least once around this time of year.
 

 

We just had this debate at the dinner table the other night. I say it totally counts. It's all about a family coming together to enjoy the holidays after conflict and hardship. Typical - even stereotypical - holiday stuff.   winky.gif    lol.gif  Not everyone agreed with me, sigh. 

 

The family favourite is A Charlie Brown Christmas, followed closely by the original animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. DD has a friend who insists that the Jim Carrey version is better than the animated version. We told her to get a better class of friends. (Yes, very Christmas-like of us, wasn't it?) 

 

The kids like Elf and I enjoy it but it isn't my sentimental fave. That's probably It's a Wonderful Life, because that was my father's favourite. I haven't watched it in a few years though, because it's so bloody long. 

 

DH's favourite is the Alastair Sims version of A Christmas Carol. 

 

A long time ago, back when we had a VHS recorder, I made a tape of my favourite Christmas episodes from some television series. I haven't watched it in years, but the one that stands out is the first Christmas episode from Northern Exposure. My recollection is that it beautifully and sensitively managed the concept of tolerating, appreciating and celebrating different holiday traditions. 

 

If I was making the same kind of recording this year, I would definitely add the Christmas episodes from Community. They are well-written, well-acted, hilarious and touching. The stop-motion episode was genius. 

 

ETA: Just coming back to add the Seinfeld episode about Festivus. Not exactly my favourite but it's a good parody and makes some worthwhile points at this time of year. 

12-05-2012 01:44 PM
SweetSilver
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Originally Posted by MrsGregory View Post

ROTFLMAO.gif  Die Hard.

 

If this was the "Fathering" forum, you can bet Die Hard would have been mentioned much sooner and Love, Actually not at all.  

12-05-2012 01:22 PM
MrsGregory

ROTFLMAO.gif  Die Hard.

 

 

I just popped in to add to the list of those in favor of "It's a Wonderful Life", it's cheesy but oh my am I sniffling by the end.

12-04-2012 11:39 AM
cynthia mosher

I have not seen Elf so I want to watch that one.  thumb.gif  The Ref sounds good. 
 

Any other movies specific for younger children? 

12-04-2012 10:25 AM
Storm Bride
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Originally Posted by scary biscuits View Post

Die Hard count as a Christmas movie (sort of:)

 

Yeah - sort of. I tend to think of it as one, but...yeah...

 

Seconding Elf,  it's a new classic with my family. Um, and Scrooged is an old family favourite, but not really for the little ones.

 

My kids have seen Scrooged - fortunately, the innuendos went right past them. They were fine with the rest of it, and (like dh) thought it was hilarious when Carol Kane swung the toaster.

 

But my favourite Christmas movie has got to be White Christmas. Nothing gets me in the holiday mood quicker and if you love musicals like I do, it's a must see.

 

I've never seen this one. I think I'm going to try to watch it this year. I'm not really into musicals, but I don't mind them, either, and I've heard really good things about White Christmas.

 

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I second The Ref. I've seen it a million times but I always howl. The chemistry is unbelievable. It's definitely a tuck your kids in then curl up with DH movie for sure smile.gif
My dh doesn't like it, but ds1 caught some of it when I bought it a month or so ago. If I watch it again this season, I'll watch it with him. He thought it was hilarious.

 

Oops - deleted the whole rest of your post, when I only meant to chop part of it. When we do The Nightmare Before Christmas, we usually do it at Halloween. I don't like horror movies (neither does dh, and ds1 can take them or leave them, but will usually leave them, as there are SO many other movies he'd rather watch), so there isn't a lot of movie fodder for us at Halloween. At Christmas, we could watch a different movie pretty much every night of December, i think. (Heck - we could almost watch a different version of "A Christmas Carol" every night of December!)

12-04-2012 02:49 AM
skycheattraffic A Christmas Story hands down! It's not Christmas without it lol
I second The Ref. I've seen it a million times but I always howl. The chemistry is unbelievable. It's definitely a tuck your kids in then curl up with DH movie for sure smile.gif
Then there's The Nightmare Before Christmas which I can do on Halloween or Christmas... But I'm weird lol.

When I'm in need of a good chick flick, it's Bridget Jones's Diary.
Garfield Christmas, YES! Also the Muppet Christmas Carol. Looks like I have a few DVD's to get.
12-03-2012 08:08 PM
scary biscuits

Die Hard count as a Christmas movie (sort of:)

 

And for a romcom set at Christmas, While You Were Sleeping has my vote. Such a sweet movie and even though I've seen it countless times, it still makes me tear up.

 

Seconding Elf,  it's a new classic with my family. Um, and Scrooged is an old family favourite, but not really for the little ones.

 

But my favourite Christmas movie has got to be White Christmas. Nothing gets me in the holiday mood quicker and if you love musicals like I do, it's a must see.

12-03-2012 07:42 PM
Storm Bride

Die Hard probably doesn't count, technically, as a Christmas movie, but I usually watch it at least once around this time of year.
 

12-03-2012 07:23 PM
SweetSilver
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Originally Posted by LuckyMommaToo View Post

Not kid-friendly, but Love, Actually is my fave. DH and I are watching it this coming weekend -- it's one of the few movies I actually own!

I was just thinking about that one.  Probably the best adult Christmas movie I can think of....

 

....except Die Hard.  Does that count as a Christmas movie?

 

ETA: Oh, and I also love Family Man.

12-03-2012 06:59 PM
LuckyMommaToo

Not kid-friendly, but Love, Actually is my fave. DH and I are watching it this coming weekend -- it's one of the few movies I actually own!

12-03-2012 12:51 PM
ancoda

My all time favorite is - it came upon a midnight clear. 

 

also like elf, and both the old and newer versions of Miricle of 34th street.

12-02-2012 10:55 AM
Storm Bride

I don't exactly have favourites, but I love A Christmas Carol (my favourite is probably the one with George C. Scott, but I've enjoyed every version we've watched).

We watch It's a Wonderful Life every year. I like it okay, but it's dh's favourite.

Since Aaron, I love Elf - I think that movie, more than anything else, got me through the weeks after he died.

 

And, personally, I adore The Ref...not exactly a Christmas movie, but not exactly not a Christmas movie, either. It's not child friendly. I let my kids watch a lot of stuff that's probably not age appropriate, but only ds1 (who is almost 20) can watch The Ref.

 

I also really enjoy The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street (I like the original one better, but the ...was it 80s?...version is good, too),

 

 

As part of my activity advent calendar, every Friday night in December is Christmas movie night. We'll definitely watch It's a Wonderful Life. We'll almost certainly watch A Christmas Carol. The kids will probably pick the other one - I'm guessing they'll opt for Elf. We may watch a few others over the season, as well.
 

12-01-2012 05:16 PM
mamaofthree

national lampoon's christmas vacation( love it love it)

it's a wonderful life

white christmas

emmet otter's jug band christmas

frosty the snowman

and although i find it irritating the kids love rudolph the red nosed reindeer

a christmas story

charlie brown christmas

12-01-2012 02:45 PM
DaughterOfKali

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

The Santa Clause

Elf

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