Pop some corn and get comfortable! The boob tube is ushering in the holidays with hours of classic programming scheduled for kids. From animated favorites like Charlie Brown and Frosty the Snowman, to live action hits like A Christmas Story, there are plenty of opportunities to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Get your remote ready and mark your calendar!
When all the valentines have been passed out, and mouths ache from an overdose of sugar moms and dads can kick back with the kiddos for a little family love fest on the couch and a good movie. While everyone else heads to theaters for the hyped Valentine's Day movie, stay in and snuggle up with the wee ones and settle in with a lovey-dovey flick. Check out our favorites that will leave you warm and fuzzy.
There's hardly a better time of year to cook up popcorn, steam hot cocoa and cuddle up as a family for the holiday's best family flicks. You've told us some of your favorites, and now we're sharing our top 15 with you. Check out the list and let us know which one you are most excited to watch this month!
The holiday movie season kicked off with CBS' annual airing of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, the longest running holiday special on TV last week. Now the airwaves are filled with flicks and families will be gathering to watch these classics over the next few weeks.
Tell us, what is your favorite children's holiday movie?
The French film Un conte de Noel (more commonly referred to as A Christmas Tale here) stars excellent actors like Catherine Deneuve and Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and has been generating rave reviews. Critics are likening director Arnaud Desplechin's style to that of Noah Baumbach ("if he were French and a little more hopeful about humanity"), or a combination of Ingmar Bergman and Wes Anderson. The plot description reads: "The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lend itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan?" The trailer, which you can view after the jump, completely sealed the deal for me. Apparently A Christmas Tale is currently available from IFC on OnDemand.
Down in Mexico there's a slightly more innocent and whimsical Christmas story in Navidad, S.A. The movie had a record-breaking opening weekend in Mexico in mid-November, marking the "largest domestic release in the nation's history." The sweet-looking film's plot is as follows: "With Christmas approaching, Santa Claus has to contend with the fact that the North Pole is melting and find a way to rid the holiday of its capitalist nature."
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a trailer for Navidad, S.A. with English subtitles but the one in Spanish is so endearing even if you don't understand the words. To check out the trailers for these two new Christmas movies from afar, read more
For everyone who grew up watching the traditional holiday movies —'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Frosty's Winter Wonderland and The Year Without Santa Claus, ABC Family Channel is airing all of them during its 25 Days of Christmas movie marathon beginning December 1. In addition to the nostalgic films, the line-up also includes modern favorites like The Polar Express and Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So make a bowl of popcorn, settle in on the couch with your kids and kick off the season with some great flicks and family time.
Now that the Big Day is over, are you so done with shows and movies having to do with Christmas? Or are you still hungry for more holiday ham?