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5 Holiday Movies to Watch as a Family

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

Apparently my new MO is going to be doing a non-bookish fave on Bookish Fave day. However, I know a lot of us will be home with our kids for most of the week, and I thought you might like to have some ideas of movies that are appropriate (for the most part) for the whole family.

The Christmas Chronicles One and Two on Netflix

This is a two for one. You're welcome. This duology is available on Netflix. It stars Kurt Russell as Santa in both, and in Two, Goldie Hawn joins him as Mrs. Claus. I mean, really...what more could you want? What is great about these movies is they have a lot to offer a broad age range. I have a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, and both of them really liked these movies. My husband and I also enjoyed them. Warning: The dad of the main characters dies in the first movie. His death is also referenced in the second movie.

Jingle Jangle on Netflix

This brand new holiday musical follows the life of a toymaker and his granddaughter. If you love a musical, this talented cast is something to behold. Warning: The mother dies in the beginning, and my kids thought it was pretty sad. Bonus: There is a middle-grade book based on the movie available!

Jingle All the Way

This 1996 movie...yes, I said that...1996...stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as two fathers trying to find the season's most popular toy on Christmas Eve. Hijinks ensue. This is my son's favorite holiday movie. We watch it every year. It is a very entertaining. Don't pay attention to the Rotten Tomatoes score. If you have kids, they will love it, especially if they are into superheroes. Warning: There is some spicy language in it. It isn't excessive, but if you are averse to some mild cursing, you may want to skip it.

Christmas with the Kranks

Based on John Grisham's Skipping Christmas, this holiday movie starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Aykroyd is a favorite in my family. It is about a couple whose daughter isn't coming home for Christmas, so they plan to skip Christmas and use the money to go on a tropical vacation. Surprise! Their daughter decides to come home for Christmas after all. You guessed it. Hijinks ensue. Warning: One of the Kranks' neighbors has cancer. She is okay in the movie, but it is clear that she is sick.

Arthur Christmas

This animated movie is one that flies under the radar, but is an entertaining, unique take on Santa and his operation at the North Pole. This movie employs a high-tech theory for North Pole operations, and my family really likes it. The animation is great, the story is great, and overall it is just a well-done, solid family Christmas movie. I highly recommend it, especially if your kids are into animated films!

I hope you have enjoyed these recommendations. This Christmas is going to be different than other Christmases, and I hope these films will provide some great family time for you and your loved ones! Happy Holidays!

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