It’s not entirely appropriate as a family movie since it’s rated PG-13, yet National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of our favorite Christmas movies (we just skip over a few scenes).
One of our oft-used quotes comes from that movie:
Clark: “Before we begin, since this is Aunt Bethany’s 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of grace.”
Aunt Bethany: “What dear?”
Noah Griswold: “Grace!”
Aunt Bethany: “Grace? She passed away 30 years ago.”
Uncle Lewis: “They want you to say grace. The blesssssing.”
Aunt Bethany (after everyone has bowed heads for the blessing): “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
“The blesssssing” is frequently said in our house prior to saying grace.
Our family loves our weekly movie night and this is time of year we pull out our Christmas favorites a couple times a week.
I like having the list in one spot to refer to if my memory fades and thought I would share it with you in case you’re looking for some recommendations.
15 Christmas Movies for Kids and Families
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (G)
- A Christmas Story (PG)
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas (PG)
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not rated)
- Elf (PG)
- Frosty the Snowman (G)
- Home Alone (PG)
- It’s a Wonderful Life (PG)
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol (not rated)
- Miracle on 34th St (G)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
- The Polar Express (G)
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (G)
- Santa Buddies (G)
- The Santa Clause (PG)
And after the girls go to bed, we break out some of our adult favorites.
10 Christmas Movies for Adults (and Older Kids)
- Bad Santa (R)
- The Family Man (PG-13)
- The Family Stone (PG-13)
- Four Christmases (PG-13)
- Gremlins (PG)
- Love Actually (R)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (R)
- Scrooged (PG-13)
- Trading Places (R)
Not a movie, but we also really like the Best of the Christmas-themed SNL Sketches. Hereare 12 of them. Since it’s a compilation, you can pick and choose which ones to watch with the kids.
Ho. Ho. Ho. and cheers to the start of the Christmas season.
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