One look at the line up for ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, and you'll see that there is no shortage of holiday movies out there. And that's just a sampling, really, when you think of all the other Christmas specials and features that didn't make the cut. And don't even get me started on the never ending holiday movie programming on The Hallmark Channel.
So how do you choose which of these myriad movies to share with your children this holiday season? Some definitely lean toward the adult side of the season, like Love Actually. Some just aren't very good (why did they ever make a Home Alone 3?). But some are classics that are a part of our collective Christmas culture.
We quote Ralphie from A Christmas Story, we reference Buddy The Elf's New York City Christmas adventures, and we sing the title songs from animated classics like Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. They're a staple of the holiday season that we can all reminisce about and enjoy together. And, best of all, they come back every year. Unlike trendy movies, which have their heyday when they are released but then tend to fall out of preference, Christmas movies will reliably light up our television screens every year. They give us something to come back to.
Start your kids young on those traditions. The earlier they become familiar with Frosty The Snowman, the more meaning it will have when, 30 years from now, they play the movie for their children. These are classics that will never grow old, no matter how impressive our movie technology gets.