my family our Christmas day tradition always involved a nice big
breakfast, lots of coffee, lots of gifts, and then afterward, we’d
bundle up and brave the crowds at a midtown movie theater for one of the
big releases. (Yes, crowds–clearly we’re not the only one with this
tradition in Manhattan!)
Since having kids who are only just now
old enough to make it through a movie in a theater, our tradition has
been put on temporary hiatus. So we thought we’d bring it back gently
this year, by watching a favorite movie right in the cozy, crowd-free
comfort of home.
Besides, we can put real butter on the popcorn.
While I have other personal favorites besides the ones here, I tried Miracle on 34th Street and…well
yeah. The kids lasted about 10 minutes. These are just the ones I think
should be part of the media collection for kids of all ages–including
their 30’s and 40’s. –Liz
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
– Okay so all the reindeer are jerks, and so is Santa more or less
until the end, but my kids are so enamored of those misfit toys this one
remains firmly at the top of the list. Get the new Christmas Class
4-DVD set and you’ll get three other faves too.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The animated version never feels dated, and I still get teary when his heart grows two sizes.
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – “Do you know what happened to the boy who got everything he wanted? He lived happily ever after.“
Great message on a day about magic, family and love. It was just
released on blu-ray and I love the little included booklet that includes
all the song lyrics.
A Christmas Story
– I have yet to try this cult-favorite out on the kids yet but with my
DNA in them, I think it’s a guaranteed hit. If you’ve yet to see it
yourself, do yourself a favor and snag one. You’ll finally understand
why people always say “Frageelay! It’s Italian!” (Or is that just my family?
A Charlie Brown Christmas – This is the single reason my kids ask for a small tree instead of a big one. Thank you Charlie Brown!
The Nutcracker, starring Baryshnikov
– If you don’t have tickets for the real thing, this ABT performance is
the next best option. For budding baby ballerinas with shorter
attention spans, also consider the wonderfully abridged Prima Princessa Nutcracker.
releases for young kids that don’t need you in the room. Good for
stocking stuffers, or if the grownups need an adults-only eggnog hour or two.
– This new release will lead your kids to ask questions like “which is
better for hanging ornaments? A unicycle or a pogo stick?” Adorable fun.
Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure – The kids love it, even if Swiper does break character and get into the Christmas spirit.
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet. Not as satisfying as the real Nutcracker, but little girls can’t resist it.
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street – It’s Christmas Eve. It’s Sesame Street. You can figure out the rest.
Do you have any holiday favorites I missed?