After careful consideration, I have narrowed down my top 10 movies that all children can and do enjoy! However, this list is not just for children either. Every and all can enjoy these movies. I hope you enjoy the list I have put together for you. Now, lets get started.
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1. “A Christmas Story” (1983) PG:
A Christmas Story is about a young boy named, Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) who spends much of his time wishing for his ideal Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle.” During this humors’ Christmas movie, “You’ll shoot your eye out kid”, becomes the punch line as 9-year-old Ralphie sets out to convince his parents, teachers and jolly ol’ Santa on why it is the perfect present. Great message foe children who want gifts that are out of their maturity level. Teaching an example of the reasoning for saying no.
2. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) PG:
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a fictional green character (Jim Carry) who sets out to steal one his main hated holidays, Christmas. However, after he steals all the presents and attire in the village, he soon realizes that he can’t steal the true meaning of Christmas. Even though Whoville had lost all of their materialistic belongings they still had each other. Soon the Grinch comes around and realizes that Christmas is about gratefulness’ and family. Which, leads his heart to grow three times its size. Great message for one of the true meanings behind Christmas!
3. “Home Alone” (1990) PG:
When an 8-year-old boy Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts bratty the night before Christmas He is asked by his mother to sleep in the attic. The next morning, he wakes to realize he is home all alone while his family is on their holiday trip. While, accidently left home, he embraces it for a few days until he soon learns that there are two thieves’ who have targeted his home. The McCallisters house is left vulnerable and Kevin all alone, distinguishes a plan to protect his home. By far, one of my favorites that teach the golden rule to be grateful for your family and who you have in your life.
4. “The Polar Express” (2004) G:
A young boy who used to adore Christmas has started to doubt if Santa is real. On the night of Christmas eve, he hears a train whistle outside of his home where he boards the train heading to the North Pole. The hero boy goes through many obstacle’s and adventures throughout his time on the train ride. However, towards the end of the movie Santa asks the hero boy, what he wants for Christmas. The hero boy asks for a bell from one of the reindeers. After he is returned home, the hero boy realizes he lost the bell because of a hole in his pocket. On Christmas morning the bell is wrapped as a present towards the back of the tree that Santa returned to him. As he rings the bell, his parents can’t hear it and only him and his sister can.
Great story for children that may be losing their belief at a young age. This movie is beautiful made in 3D!
5. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (1964) TV-G:
Rudolph is unlike any other of his peers. His nose is bright and red while all other reindeer’s were black. Because Rudolph was different he had trouble being excepted and fitting in. However, when Santa sees his bright red nose and asks him to lead his sled at night, Rudolph proves his worth and becomes excepted. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, is a Great story for children to understand that being different is not a bad thing. It is an exceptional thing.
6. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) G:
Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst his peers during the Christmas season. This is when Lucy suggests that he become the director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but soon becomes frustrated with constant struggles. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs help from Linus’ to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This is another one of my favorites that show the true spirit of Christmas and team work.
7. “Elf” (2003) PG:
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidental transported to the North Pole as an infant, where he was raised by Santa’s elves. After realizing that he is different and “full size” he travels to New York to find his real father. After a DNA test proves that his real father is a cynical businessman, Walter Hobbs (James Caan). After his father comes to terms that Buddy is his son he tries to have a relationship that leads to constant chaotic results. This movie is extremely funny and shows the differences amongst a family with their personalities.
8. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) PG:
The pumpkin king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, has become complacent with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he comes across a Christmas Town, he is astonished by the ideal of Christmas he tries to replace Halloween with Christmas. With the help of his friends/resident’s bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town they gather together to reenact the Christmas town however, they can’t seem to get it quite right. Great movie for showing how family and friends come together to not only accomplish things but are there to lean on.
9.“The Santa Clause” (1994) PG:
Scott (Tim Allen) A divorced dad, has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. Scott accidentally kills a man dressed in a Santa suit, Scott and his son are magically transported to the North Pole. Once they arrive to the North Pole, an elf explains to Scott that he must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he begins to turn into Santa with drastic changes. He starts gaining weight and his beard grows long and inexplicably white. Soon Scott realize it is not a dream and he has his work cut out for him at the North Pole. This movie shows the hard work that goes into balancing more than just being their parent as this movie is full of balance. Divorce, son, Santa and the worlds toys for Christmas weigh on his shoulder.
10.“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) PG-13:
In this quirky comedy, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas as the holidays approach. He soon becomes an annoyance with pestering his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line and ready for Christmas. Making sure the tree and decorations are lined up perfectly, things begin to unravel quickly. Thinking this Christmas celebration will just be him, the wife and kids he soon realizes that is not going to happen. It takes no time for unplanned family to show up including his hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid); who show up and on the Griswold property living in their camper. To make matters worse, Clark’s employers refuse the funding for their holiday bonuses. This movie is one of my favorites filled with humor. Showing the final message that you do not need materialistic things to have an amazing Christmas. All you need is God and Family!