Family Movies to Watch This Winter

The winter season is amazing for so many reasons….

Among them- family time to watch holiday movies!!! I have my personal favorites that I watch every year. I thought I would share all the family friendly ones with you guys! So here is:

The Hello Mamma’s Guide to Family Holiday Movies

Elf

Why they will like it: This movie is all about making the myths of Christmas REAL They get to see a grown man act like a 7 year old child, and it is full of jokes that they will appreciate. There is also a few appearances made by some cartoons 🙂

Why you will like it: Buddy is a refreshingly naive and funny character who is thrust into a cynical world that has lost the Christmas spirit.The movie is really humorous, but it touches on some themes which make it better for slightly older kids, I’d say around eight or up.

Warnings The film questions the belief in Santa in the beginning (though it is restored later on in the movie) and has minor swearing, plus the gifting of lingerie which some may find inappropriate.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas(2000-Jim Carrey Version)

There are two versions that you can see The Grinch in. There is the cartoon version and The Jim Carrey version. I am partial to the live action. Jim Carrey is spot on as Mr. Grinch and this movie is so heart warming to watch. The costume department did miracles for this movie and it is truly a treasured family piece.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Again, I think this is a movie for all ages, and I enjoy watching it now just as much as I did when I was a kid, and my daughter got a kick out of it too. What is amazing about this movie is that is doesn’t use the usual pop type music. It actually has some great jazz pieces in it.

In this story Charlie Brown is trying to direct the school’s Christmas play, and also tries to decorate one of the saddest little Christmas trees you can imagine. During the process he and the Peanuts Gang think about the religious meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, instead of focusing only on the secularization of the season.

Warning: There is a religious under tone to the movie, for those of you who don’t have a religious house hold.

Home Alone

This holiday movie is better for the 10 and up crowd due to the disrespect shown between parents and children at the beginning of the movie, crude language and the fact that a child was forgotten at home by his parents and has to ward off two burglars by himself.

While the violence towards the burglars is slap-stick and fantastical, older children will be able to realize this while younger children may not understand what is happening or that it is all fictional. If you are okay with all of that, I recommend this movie highly. It is funny, and the whole family will laugh.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

No list of the best Christmas movies would be complete without some version of Charles Dickens’s classic story, A Christmas Carol. You get to see all of your favorite muppets take the place of the characters in this classic. It makes it so great for the family to enjoy. The kids get to laugh and you get some really good substance to your holidays.

There are many good versions of A Christmas Carol (including the one with Jim Carrey- below)

Disney’s a Christmas Carol

While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol shouldn’t be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. . Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I’m aware there are those who aren’t fond of the visuals, at least the characters don’t look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis’ previous animated work ‘The Polar Express’. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.

Prep & Landing

This definitely helps break you and your family out of the Disney slump. While I am the first one to always jump on board for all things Disney, this well paced, well animated, well scripted movie a refreshing break. Parts may be a bit over the heads of the youngest viewers, but by and large it’s fun for the family. This and the sequel, Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice is a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Classic Christmas Favorites

Christmas is a time for snowmen, log fires, and, of course, holiday TV specials! This collection bundles together some of TV’s most beloved Yuletide programs featuring Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. For some a nostalgic reminder of holidays past, and the start of new memories for others, this release includes:

  • HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • THE LEPRECHAUN’S CHRISTMAS GOLD
  • THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BOOK II
  • THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN
  • THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS: DELUXE EDITION
  • RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • NESTOR, THE LONG EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY
  • FROSTY’S WINTERWONDERLAND
  • TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • and RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY.

Rise Of the Guardians

This is basically Avengers for elementary school kids. You get a great mix of holidays and a few other mythical creatures. It really is A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters.

The Santa Clause 3-Movie Collection 

Do I really need to give you a reason to watch these amazing movies?? Every year I will lay down, and pay an homage to what is, in my humble opinion, the greatest Christmas series. It’s funny, witty, and perfect for families. 🙂

Be kind today,
~Bre