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10 Holiday Movies to Make a Family Tradition

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There’s nothing better than snuggling with your family on the couch, hot chocolate in hand, while watching a movie. Why not start a family tradition this holiday season of watching a movie together? It may seem simple, but it’s little traditions like these that will be cemented into your child’s memory forever. Below are my top ten Christmas movies to watch as a family. Yes, most of them are at least a decade old, but that’s why they’re so good!


 

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A Christmas Story: All this boy wants for Christmas is a B.B. gun, his only problem is convincing his parents. This is a funny movie your whole family will love; just make sure to teach your kids to never stick their tongue on a pole…or to shoot their eye out.


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All I Want for Christmas: This was one of my favorites when I was little. It’s about a brother and sister who are scheming to get their parents back together for Christmas.

 


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It’s a Wonderful Life: It’s a classic! The black and white aspect of the movie may confuse youngsters, but they need to be cultured. It’s a great tale about being grateful for what you have in life.

 


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Miracle on 34th Street: And by Miracle on 34th Street, I mean the original with Natalie Wood. Sure, the remake is good too, but always stick to the original. This movie will only solidify your child’s belief in Santa, and maybe your belief as well.

 


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One Magic Christmas: This movie teaches you about the true meaning of Christmas; it’s a film that will stick with you even after it has ended.

 


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White Christmas: The reenactment by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of the “Sisters” song will have the whole family in giggles.

 


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Elf: In my opinion, this is one of Will Ferrell’s best movies. Be sure to steer your children away from Buddy’s eating habits.

 


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How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The shorter cartoon version is the best and may be easier for little ones to sit through. However, the Jim Carrey remake is fantastic as well. You just can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss.

 


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Prancer: A young girl, who still believes in Santa Claus, happens upon an injured reindeer and believes he is Prancer. A great family movie that your kids will love for years to come.

 


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The Polar Express: What’s better than a magical train ride to the North Pole? Uh, not a lot. A great film, as well as a great book to read to the kids.


You may be wondering why I haven’t included any Thanksgiving-themed movies. Can you name one good Thanksgiving movie? I didn’t think so.

Upcoming Family Movie to See: Frozen, in theaters November 27th

Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.