It’s December, we’re getting closer and closer to Winter Break (hooray!), and sometimes the best thing to do when it’s cold outside is to relax on the couch with your host family, a bowl of popcorn, a mug of hot chocolate, and a great movie. There are a lot of fun holiday movies, and many families have a tradition to sit down together to watch their favorite holiday movies. Want some suggestions for what to watch this winter? Here are some of our favorite holiday movies!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is a children’s cartoon from the 1960’s in which the Grinch, a grumpy green man, hates Christmas so much he tries to steal it from a nearby town. The story was remade in 2000 as a live-action movie, too.
A Christmas Story
In this story, all Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Rider BB gun. He tries to convince his family that this is the perfect gift, and has a few adventures along the way!
It’s a Wonderful Life
This is a heartwarming Christmas movie from the 1940s about a man named George, who has hit some hard times and wonders if the world is better off without him. George is visited by his guardian angel, Clarence, who shows George a world without him, and proves to George the difference he has made in his town.
A Christmas Carol
This is a story written by Charles Dickens that has been made into many different films. In this story, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who teach him to love Christmas and the people around him. There is a cartoon version, one starring Patrick Stewart, a recent re-make starring Jim Carrey, and The Muppet Christmas Carol (my personal favorite).
This movie is a comedy about one of the elves from the North Pole that goes on an adventure to New York City, and realizes that New York is very different from Santa’s workshop! He goes to some of the places that you visited during your Orientation in New York, such as the Empire State Building.
Hanukkah TV Specials
Many TV shows, including The O.C., Rugrats, Even Stevens, and Friends, have special episodes about Hannukah, a Jewish holiday that is celebrated this year from December 16th to December 24th.
The Black Candle
This is a documentary about Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrated by some people of African heritage in the US, Central and South America, and Western Africa, which this year runs from December 26th to January 1st.
When you talk to your Host Family about their favorite holiday traditions, you should also ask about their favorite holiday movies! You can share your own favorite movies and then watch them together as a family.