Christmas Movies: A Holiday Tradition
What are your favorite childhood memories of Christmas? My best memories of Christmas include watching Christmas cartoons with my sisters. When my dad went on a trip to the U.S., he brought home some VHS tapes of classic Christmas cartoons. Every year we would watch the Christmas movie compilation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and The Night Before Christmas. I will always remember those days with fondness.
Netflix Christmas Movies
Nowadays, we have Netflix! There are a lot of Christmas movies for kids and adults on Netflix right now. You can find both classics and new releases.
One movie you should really check out is Angela’s Christmas (2017).
It is based on Frank McCourt’s award-winning book called Angela’s Ashes. “Set in Limerick in the 1910s, ‘Angela’s Christmas’ is a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.”- IMDB
This animated film is just the right length (running time: 30 minutes). It can be enjoyed by preschoolers and parents alike. I enjoyed watching it because of its message about how families love and care for one another. As a mom, it touched my heart because I saw how the mother in the story took care of and provided for her children, despite their financial difficulty. Because it was set in the 1910s, you can see how Christmas was celebrated in a simpler way. The setting of the story can be a springboard for discussion on how Christmas in the past is different from how the holiday is celebrated today. Also, this movie has gentle humor and mild suspense. It definitely has the potential to become a Christmas classic.
Parents can help their children extract the lessons learned from the movie with the help of this question guide:
- Who was Angela?
- What was Angela’s family like?
- How did her family spend their Christmas?
- How do you spend Christmas with your family?
- Why did Angela take the statue of Baby Jesus from the church?
- Was it right for her to take the Baby Jesus? Why do you say so?
- How did Angela show her love and care for Baby Jesus?
- How do families show their love for one another?
- Should we show love and care to other people?
- What can you do this Christmas to show your love and care?
Which Christmas movies would you recommend to watch with the family? Please leave a comment below!
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