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Start a Tradition: Watch These Christmas Movies with your Family

It’s the last week of school before the holiday break, which means lots of fun family time for a few days before Christmas eve. And what better way to spend that time together than catching up on some classic Christmas movies (from past and present!) while curling up on the couch with some hot chocolate and blankets for snuggling. To get you started, here’s a roundup of our all-time favorite Christmas movies that the whole family will love. So heat up some hot chocolate and que up Netflix for a week’s worth of family movie nights.

Home Alone

If you grew up in the 90s, then this cult classic has probably become an annual Christmas movie tradition in your family. Macaulay Culkin stars as a young boy who’s accidentally left at home when his enormous family packs up to head out of town for the holidays. It follows his hijinks as he’s left to his own devices in a massive house that he gets all to himself. The whole family will enjoy seeing what kind of silly situations he gets himself into.


More of a modern classic (given that it came out in 2003), Elf is a buddy comedy that’s wholesome enough the entire family to watch. Will Ferrell stars as a man who’s raised as an elf at the North Pole, and after causing much trouble at Santa’s workshop, he’s sent back home to find his family and true identity.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Dr. Seus classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been around for decades. But it wasn’t until 2000, when Jim Carrey starred in a live-action version of the classic story, that it truly came to life. Carrey makes a great Grinch, and kids of all ages will love seeing this childhood classic literally come to life.

Miracle on 34th Street

A real, true Christmas movie classic is the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street. You probably grew up watching this with your family around the holidays, and it’s a perfect tradition to pass on to your little ones. The story revolves around a man claiming to be Santa who’s institutionalized as being crazy. A young lawyer works diligently to prove that he’s actually the real Santa and have him freed. It’s a movie classic that everyone should see at some point in their life.

Frosty the Snowman

If you’re a child of the 70’s, you probably remember the animated Frosty the Snowman shorts. They were only about half an hour long, but they’re replayed on tv over and over during the holiday season, so it’s almost impossible to miss. This show is great for watching on the morning of Christmas Eve because it just always seems to bring that wonderful Christmas feeling back. Frosty the Snowman just makes Christmas feel like Christmas.

Are these Christmas movies on your holiday to-do checklist? Which movies do you always watch as a family? Share with us in the comments!

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