Christmas Specials | Family Movie Night with a Twist

Dec. 10th, 2015 11:30 am

If you don't remember, or you aren't familiar with the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it goes like this.  The Grinch steals all the presents and decorations and all things material which represent the spirit of Christmas from Whoville, in effort to ruin the holiday for everyone.  His plan backfires when the barren town is left with no "representation" of Christmas left, except for the love of one another.  That is what Christmas is really about, God's love for us, and our love for each other.

So amidst all the tinsel, shopping malls, and commercialization of the holiday, take a break and relax with your family and enjoy each other before the big morning.  Enjoy a good Christmas movie together, and talk about the meaning of Christmas.  Here are a few ideas on how to make the most out of Christmas movie night.

 Schedule When You Are Watching

Plan ahead and make sure the whole family is available and included.  Put away the phones and devices and enjoy the family moment together.

 Take Turns Choosing What You are Watching

Christmas movies and specials can vary in age range and meaning, so take turns choosing, or give the family multiple options to come to a group consensus.

 Talk About the Meaning Together

At some point, whether before, during, or after watching the movie together, talk about the meaning of Christmas.  Get everyone involved.  The teenage Catholic school student may be able to teach the elementary student a message from the movie or vice versa.  You might be surprised with how much a good Christmas movie can get the kids talking!

 Here are a few classic and current Christmas movies for kids to get the whole family in the spirit of Christmas movie night!

 

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Snowman

How the Toys Saved Christmas

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Santa Clause

The Polar Express

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Story

Arthur Christmas

 

And here are a few for the older kids, teenagers, and adults...

Home Alone, 2, 3

Home for the Holidays

While You Were Sleeping

Love Actually

Jingle All the Way

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Elf

Miracle on 34th Street

Black Nativity

It's a Wonderful Life

 

Students and families of Christian and Catholic schools should remember to take a night or two to sit down and talk about the real meaning of Christmas. Everyone loves opening a gift on Christmas morning, but remember that the love of our family and friend is more important than any gift. Stay tuned to Western New York Catholic Schools' blog for weekly posts for elementary and high school families. 

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Christmas Specials | Family Movie Night with a Twist

Dec. 10th, 2015 11:30 am

If you don't remember, or you aren't familiar with the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it goes like this.  The Grinch steals all the presents and decorations and all things material which represent the spirit of Christmas from Whoville, in effort to ruin the holiday for everyone.  His plan backfires when the barren town is left with no "representation" of Christmas left, except for the love of one another.  That is what Christmas is really about, God's love for us, and our love for each other.

So amidst all the tinsel, shopping malls, and commercialization of the holiday, take a break and relax with your family and enjoy each other before the big morning.  Enjoy a good Christmas movie together, and talk about the meaning of Christmas.  Here are a few ideas on how to make the most out of Christmas movie night.

 Schedule When You Are Watching

Plan ahead and make sure the whole family is available and included.  Put away the phones and devices and enjoy the family moment together.

 Take Turns Choosing What You are Watching

Christmas movies and specials can vary in age range and meaning, so take turns choosing, or give the family multiple options to come to a group consensus.

 Talk About the Meaning Together

At some point, whether before, during, or after watching the movie together, talk about the meaning of Christmas.  Get everyone involved.  The teenage Catholic school student may be able to teach the elementary student a message from the movie or vice versa.  You might be surprised with how much a good Christmas movie can get the kids talking!

 Here are a few classic and current Christmas movies for kids to get the whole family in the spirit of Christmas movie night!

 

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Snowman

How the Toys Saved Christmas

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Santa Clause

The Polar Express

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Story

Arthur Christmas

 

And here are a few for the older kids, teenagers, and adults...

Home Alone, 2, 3

Home for the Holidays

While You Were Sleeping

Love Actually

Jingle All the Way

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Elf

Miracle on 34th Street

Black Nativity

It's a Wonderful Life

 

Students and families of Christian and Catholic schools should remember to take a night or two to sit down and talk about the real meaning of Christmas. Everyone loves opening a gift on Christmas morning, but remember that the love of our family and friend is more important than any gift. Stay tuned to Western New York Catholic Schools' blog for weekly posts for elementary and high school families. 

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