Moviegeek5: Family Christmas Movies
Many families have their own particular movie traditions around Christmas. Some go to the cinemas together, some watch the latest animated films, and some revisit the same classics over and over again. A “Christmas” movie in that sense can be many different things; for adult it can be something like Die Hard (1988) or Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (2001-03) but we have selected five films that can be enjoyed by the entire faimly, including children.
Make sure to let us know in the comments below what movies you like to watch around Christmas!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The first entry on our list is possibly the ultimate Christmas movie, so how could we not include it. In this classic story, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is feeling down, despite his loving family and the respect he enjoys among the locals, and is contemplating suicide, when an angel appears and shows him what life would have been like for his loved ones if he had never been born. Heartwarming and beautiful, this isa Christma classic the whole family can enjoy again and again, and a good opportunity to teach children that black and white movies can be just as great as those in colour. A truly wonderful film!
Mary Poppins (1964)
This 1964 Disney live action musical is a beloved classic adaptation of a series of beloved children’s books. Julie Andrews stars as the magical nanny Mary Poppins descends on a family to help two neglected children get closer to their emotionally distant father. Set around 1900 in a magical London full of chimney sweeps, with an innovative blend of live action and animation, and lovely musical numbers, this is a fimaly musical that everyone can enjoy around Christmas.
The Sound of Music (1965)
Another musical starring Julie Andrews, you say? Yes, indeed. This one had to go on a list because it is actually one of the movie I always watch around Christmas. There is something about that special sense of quiet that descend after a busy advent that goes hand in hand with watching a three hour long musical about a governess and a widowed officer set in the Austrian alps. It’s incredibly sweet and has a very strong catalogue of songs and there is something about Christopher Plummer and Andrews together that is simply magical. A less childish alternative to Marry Poppins.
Home Alone (1990)
This film is both a classic Christmas movie and a classic family comedy. It is funny and guaranteed to get in a nice Chistmas mood despite its far from saccharine plot. Just think about it: a boy is abandoned by his family and is home alone for Christmas and finds himself attacked by two burglars, unfortunately for them, this particular boy is clever and set all sorts of traps that result in lots of pain. Not exactly a recipe for a sweet family comedy. It’s odd that this would be fun and family friendly, but it really is! A stable classic in many homes come Christmas, I’m sure.
Fantasy is a genre that many turn to around Christmas. For some it’s The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, or possibly Star Wars, but a family friendly fantasy with a nice Christmasy feel is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Based on best known of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, this big screen adaptation wins with a great cast (including a young James McAvoy, Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan), a lovely setting, memorable side characters, and a pervasive sense of pure magic. The Pevensie siblings are transported away from the troubles of wartime Britan into a magical land which has fallen under the rule of the manipulative and evil White Witch who has engulfed the lands in an eternal winter with no Christmas. The Pevensie siblings must help set things right and do so over the course of a story that includes scenes of great pathos and an epic battle. Any child or childlike soul will want to check their wardrobes after this one!