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Christmas Movies For Kids
There is always that period during the holidays where you know that you forgot something that you wanted to get for the kids but that is the one moment when they decide they want to be your shadow. No they don't want to stay with big brother, 'He's boring!' - all of a sudden. Its like they have radar that picks up the signal 'Gifts being bought'.It is on occasions like these that Christmas movies come in handy. They are also nice to sit and watch as a family which is the nicer, more memorable thing to do.The old ones I, of course, think are the best. They actually teach the children something. It is entertainment but for a purpose. There are the funny ones as well but I think with everything you should make sure that the message it is sending to your children is one which you would like them to learn.
Here are a few that should keep the little ones entertained:
- Christmas Comes But Once a Year.
This is a DVD that runs for about an hour and includes two short cartoons that I can especially say are special. Somewhere in Dreamland and Christmas Comes But Once a Year has that old fashioned animation that I am so fond of and the cute little singing that really makes you think it is Christmas. Both tell about little children who are not so fortunate and shows how those around them make an extra effort to make their Christmas special. Perhaps it will inspire the kids to think of someone they know who is not so fortunate as they are. Also when you sit and watch the cartoons with the kids, they don't know how to express it, but they appreciate it so much.
- It's A Wonderful Life
Although an old time movie, this is one of the best in my opinion. It has joy, sorrow, humor and relief all wrapped up in one. Perhaps the very little ones won't appreciate it but the older ones just might, especially if you sit with them to watch it. There is something about an old movie when a parent watches it with a child. It forms more of a memory than any new one could.
I always thought out of all of my friends that I was the only one who enjoyed this movie. I remember we watched it early in the morning and it became one of my favorites before it was over but my friends never said anything. Imagine my surprise when years later it was mentioned to me by a friend of Christmas past. I was shocked because she was not the type of person to remember such trivial things as a movie. But she remembered that. I will never know the reason but I think it had to do with the kind of movie and the company watching it. Get that combination right and you have a treasured memory. Get it wrong and you shrug it off as a wasted piece of your time. This movie really shows the things that a family, whose members learn to love the others more than themselves, can really face any hurdle faced. Humility, unselfishness, patience, and kindness are virtues portrayed. There are many versions of this movie to choose from and each have their own magic.
- Mr. Bean : The Whole Bean
This is a DVD compilation of all the Bean shorts and it really is hilarious. Bean has a curiously funny way about him which makes it irresistible to watch. On this DVD there are two shorts; one on Christmas and one on New Years', this is one that my family and I look forward to seeing each year.
- A Muppet Christmas Carol
I think that this is still one of the best adaptations of old Scrooge's story because it doesn't matter which version I see, to this day, Tiny Tim is a little frog and Marley is the Muppet with the big nose, I forget his name. Ha! What a show. Done as only the Muppets can. It really brings the story alive for children somehow.
There are others - Charlie Brown's Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, A Mom For Christmas, A Christmas Romance, and so many more. They are suitable for different ages. The cartoons really for the tiny tots and the films for the older ones, as usual though, you shouldn't put something on unless you have seen it first and deem it suitable. These are your precious gems after all and you know how you would like to shape them.