Christmas Specials | Family Movie Night with a TwistDec. 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.
Plan ahead and make sure the whole family is available and included. Put away the phones and devices and enjoy the family moment together.
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.
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!
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Toys Saved Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Santa Clause
The Polar Express
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story
And here are a few for the older kids, teenagers, and adults...
Home Alone, 2, 3
Home for the Holidays
While You Were Sleeping
Jingle All the Way
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street
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.