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Family movie night around here is a big deal. It’s the only activity our schedule allows us to enjoy together every week. It’s our family’s little tradition that has changed the way we end our weeks (together with home-made pizza!). It’s by far the best night of the week for my family. We love cuddling up on the couch together and snuggling up to the perfect movie. This is the perfect time to get silly, have some fun, and make some memories!
Want to start a movie night tradition in your home too? This is a perfect time! There are so many amazing family-friendly holiday movies, and it’s a great way to into the Holiday Spirit.
Who doesn’t love a little festive fun! These cherished films make a great Christmas Movie Night, and they also offer great parenting lessons and survival tips that hold true for the holidays — and the rest of the year.
1. “Jingle all the way” – Every year you promise yourself, never again, and every year, it’s exactly the same. You left it late, too late and you left Christmas shopping last minute. Waiting until the last-minute means you will be rushed and likely stressed trying to find the perfect gift. Don’t do it to yourself. If you have to pick up gifts at the last minute, stick with gift cards.
2. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – A little bit of Clark Griswold lives inside of many of us. and the Holiday Season can be a cinnamon-baked decathlon of stress and anxiety. Aren’t we all in search of the perfect holiday for our families and ourselves? But even in Hollywood the perfect Christmas doesn’t exist. Let’s take a deep breath, temper our expectations, and enjoy Christmas.
3. “Home Alone” – As much as we parents want to have some time for ourselves from time to time, so do kids. Obviously, I’m not suggesting leaving your younger kids home alone and flying to the other side of the Ocean. But some solo playtime can help them become well-rounded individuals who are happy whether they’re in small groups, large crowds, or alone, and don’t count on others for their happiness and entertainment. And, without their parents constantly hovering, kids can do really amazing things.
4. “A Christmas Carol” – Life happens to all of us. Sooner or later everyone goes through a dark time. Starting over after a painful experience, or loss can be scary and intimidating. Sometimes we feel like there’s something so big blocking us in life that we’re not able to move forward. Ebenezer Scrooge teaches us that we can change our life over-night and it’s never too late. Each day is a new beginning, a new chance, and a new opportunity for you to create something better. There’s joy in letting over of a painful past and starting over.
5. “A Charlie Brown Christmas Story” – ‘Tis the Season to take commercialism out of our Holiday festivities, or at least cut it down. Get creative about doing, rather than buying. Stop racing around like a chicken without a head to enjoy other activities too, from riding around to enjoy neighborhood lights and giving back to those in ned to baking cookies with your family, and everything in-between.
6. “The Grinch” – Nobody is too young to make an impact on someone. Cindy-Lou Who was a sweet little girl from Whoville who just wanted to believe that everyone had at least a tiny bit of good in them, including the mean old Grinch. Her innocence, love, and trust planted a small seed of change in the Grinch’s heart. She did not judge him but showed kindness throughout.
7. “The Christmas Chronicles” – We need each other. We truly cannot do Life alone. The movie and its sequel show us the importance of being there for each other. It’s not just about being there when times are tough. It’s also about being there when things are going well.
8. “Love Actually” – One of our family traditions at Christmas is to go around the room one at a time when unwrapping gifts. But I get it, for some of us Holiday gift wrapping can be a frustrating event, especially if you hate wrapping, Not everybody is good at gift wrapping, and it’s ok! You can still use boxes and bags to build some anticipation.
9. “A Christmas Story” – Some times we get gifts you don’t necessarily like. Accept the love and joy the gift-giver intended to come with said gift, write a lovely thank you note and let that said git go out of your house.
10. “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” – Being different is not a weakness. We must be able to look at our differences, embrace them, and use them as our strengths. Here are six things to do with the gifts you don’t want: return it, sell it, donate it, regift it, repurpose it, trade it. None of these actions reflect your affection towards the gift-giver
The holidays can be really hectic. A movie night is a great (and easy) way to relax and enjoy this time of year. Pair it with amazing movie night snacks, and it only makes the evening that much better! I love homemade gourmet popcorn, and this homemade cheese popcorn is so addictive and full of Cheddar flavor:
- In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add popcorn and cover.
- Shake the pot frequently as popcorn pops, until they are 3 seconds between pops.
- Melt the butter butter and let it coll down slightly.
- Toss plain popcorn in melted butter.
- Sprinkle it with cheddar cheese powder.
- To combine the popcorn, butter, salt and cheese sprinkle, you can use a big mixing bowl with a spoon or spatula, or you can do it all in a big ziptop bag and give it a big shake.
Serve, enjoy, and say cheese!