With the snow falling and wind blowing outside, it’s a good time to snuggle on the couch with the kids and revisit some holiday classics from your own childhood.
10. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too(1991) While it is not really a classic, this is still a cute Christmas movie. When Winnie the Pooh realizes the letter he and his friends wrote to Santa is going to be late, he dresses up as Santa, but when that doesn’t work, he promises to hand deliver the letter to the North Pole so his friends can have what they want for Christmas. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship and the Christmas Spirit.
9. The Little Drummer Boy(1968) This is the story of a young boy, Aaron, who had lost his family and harbored hatred toward mankind. One of his only friends, a camel, Joshua, was sold by a traveling performer. He followed a star to find Joshua to Bethlehem. Aaron must overcome his anger and find a gift worthy of the holy baby in the manger.
8. Mickey’s Christmas Carol(1983) This is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol. In this version, Scrooge McDuck appropriately stars in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge, and Mickey Mouse is Bob Cratchit. The adaptation follows the tale until Scrooge remembers the spirit of Christmas and changes his miserly ways.
7. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas(1974) In this tale, all of a town’s letters to Santa are returned and is removed from Santa’s delivery route for an insulting letter insisting he doesn’t exist. The people of the town decide to build a clock tower that will play a song for Santa Claus. The young mouse who had written the insulting letter wanted to see how the clock worked and ended up breaking it but ended up fixing it just in the nick of time. On Christmas Eve, the song played and Santa delivered gifts to the townspeople.
6. The Year Without a Santa Claus(1974) This movie is about the year Santa Claus has a cold and feels there’s no more Christmas spirit so he decides to take a vacation. Two of his elves, Jingle and Jangle, and a reindeer go down to Southtown to prove that some people do still believe. This is a good story about the spirit of Christmas.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas(1966) The Grinch, who hates everything to do with Christmas, decides to disguise himself as Santa Claus and steal all the Christmas gifts and decorations from the citizens of nearby Whoville. But, when this doesn’t ruin the Whos’ Christmas as he thought it would, the Grinch’s heart softens and he learns that the meaning of Christmas isn’t about the things after all.
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas(1965) Charlie Brown is depressed about the commercialism surrounding the holiday and questions what the true meaning of Christmas is. When he picks a scrawny tree for the Christmas pageant, everyone is initially upset but in the end learn what the true spirit of Christmas is about.
3. Frosty the Snowman(1969) Based on the popular Christmas song, this short animated tale surrounds a magical top hat, the snowman brought to life by it, and the evil magician trying to get it back. It encompasses the generosity and kindness that is the spirit of the holiday.
2. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town(1970) In this classic Christmas movie, a mailman narrates the history of Santa Claus. He tells how he comes to deliver toys on Christmas Eve and the reason behind the other traditions of the holiday.
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(1964) This classic Christmas tale tells the story of the beloved reindeer with the red nose and the elf who wants to be a dentist rather than a toymaker. It takes three-quarters of an hour for them as well as those around them to realize that being different is not necessarily a bad thing and can in fact save the day.