Monday, December 9, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Today's post is Movies. There are a lot of Christmas movies out there. There is simply no possible way for me to list them all. Today, I have 12 Christmas movies for the kids.

Frosty the Snowman
This is, of course, the animated classic that so many have grown up with. It's the wonderful story of a snowman that comes to life, and then has to escape a greedy magician. A little girl tries to help Frosty, but he ends up having to help her as she starts getting sick from the extreme cold Frosty needs to survive.
I don't think I've ever met a child who didn't love this tv special. The sequel, in my opinion, doesn't hold a candle to the original.










Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Another animated classic so many have grown up with. Rudolph runs away because he was teased about his nose. He meets & becomes friends with Hermes, an elf who wants to be a dentist, & Yukon Cornelius, a prospector. Together, they run into the abominable snowman (and find out he's not so bad) and find the Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph returns to the North Pole to ask Santa to find homes for the misfit toys. Santa is fogged in, but Rudolph & his shiny nose save the day!








  Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
This is actually 3 different stories.
In the first, Huey, Dewey, & Louie make a wish that Christmas would come every day. So, they relive the same day over & over, "Groundhog's Day" style. Finally, they get it right, when they realize the true meaning of Christmas is family, not gifts.
In the second, it's Christmas at Goofy's house. His son, Max, starts to question if Santa really exists, thanks to their neighbor, Pete. Goofy does all he can to make Max believe, almost losing his faith in the process.
The third story is basically The Gift of the Magi with Mickey & Minnie. They each want to get something special for the other, but neither has any money. Mickey sells his prized harmonica to buy a chain for Minnie's family heirloom watch. Minnie sells her watch to buy a special case for Mickey's harmonica.
I'm pretty sure we've watched this every year since it came out in 1999. Both my kids love it, and even though the youngest will be 10 in a few weeks, they still watch it annually.

 Elmo Saves Christmas
Elmo wishes that every day was Christmas. Instead of "Groundhog's Day" style, where he repeats the same day over & over, every day is another Christmas. A super-fast reindeer takes Elmo into the future, so he can see what will happen if every day is Christmas. All the businesses are closed for Christmas, which means no work & no income for the residents of Sesame Street. Their money quickly runs from buying Christmas presents every day. The elves mess up because they no longer breaks & vacations. Big Bird is sad he can't see Snuffy, who is visiting his grandma for Christmas. Elmo realizes that Christmas wouldn't be special anymore is every day was Christmas. So, he wishes things were the way they had been & Christmas goes back to just one day a year.

My son was never a fan of Sesame Street, but my daughter LOVED Elmo when she was little. She watched this movie so many times I wanted to break the tape so we couldn't watch it anymore.

The Muppet Christmas Carol
The classic Dickens novel brought to the screen starring the Muppets, with Michael Caine as Scrooge.














It's a Meaningful Life
If you aren't aware of VeggieTales, it is an animated show, starring vegetables & fruits. The show is Christian in content, and largely aims to teach morals & character to young kids. The shows & specials are sometimes Bible stories, and other times, such as with this one, parodies of popular stories/movies. If that sounds strange, well, it is.
This movie is a parody of 'It's a Wonderful Life," but without suicide attempts (it is for little kids, after all). The lesson it aims to teach is to be content with what you have, instead of always wondering "what if?"








The Star of Christmas
Two jingle writers have written a  musical & plan to open it on Christmas Eve. A local church is planning a nativity play for the same night & will be featuring The Christmas Star, a religious artifact that hasn't been seen for decades. The jingle writers plan to make their musical even bigger than the nativity play, but eventually learn the true meaning of Christmas.










The Toy That Saved Christmas
Description from VeggieTales.com:
Appearing in his own TV commercials, unscrupulous toy maker, Wally P. Nezzer has convinced all of Dinkletown that "Christmas is when you get stuff!" With the town's children begging for more toys, it's sure to be the worst Christmas ever -- until one brave little Buzz-Saw Louie doll decides to take matters into his own hands!
The Toy That Saved Christmas reminds children of all ages that "Christmas isn't about getting; it's about giving.







Saint Nicholas
Description from VeggieTales.com:
Discover the power of a simple gift!

Laura Carrot's Christmas stocking might be empty this year because her dad is in danger of losing his job. While Larry thinks a letter to the North Pole should fix the problem, Bob knows what will really help... and tells the story of a little boy named Nicholas who made a discovery in Bethlehem that changed Christmas forever.

But what did Nick learn and how can it possibly help Laura and her family? Find out as the Veggies discover the true joy of giving to others - at Christmas time and throughout the year!



The Little Drummer Boy
Description from VeggieTales.com:
In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus. A story of generosity, hope, and love, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!










Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas
Description from VeggieTales.com:
Larry The Cucumber is a Christmas elf at the Spring Valley Mall who just wants to spread joy at the holidays. When he meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need, "Merry Larry" sets off on adventure that will light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about - "Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave to you!" Featuring Si Robertson as Silas the Okra!







A Very Merry Pooh Year
Description from Disney.Wikia.com:
The story begins with an opening segment in which Pooh Bear hides a present he has for Piglet. Then our friends gather together and tell little Roo about a past Christmas. This segment comes from the special "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too," featuring the characters from "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh." Pooh and his friends are getting ready for Christmas. They decide to make a Christmas list and come up with all sorts of gifts that they want to give each other. But when the list is lost to the wind, Pooh and Piglet decide to dress up as Santa and a reindeer and make gifts. Later, they recall a New Year's in which Rabbit wanted to move away because he was irritated Pooh's eating honey, Tigger's bouncing, Piglet's being afraid and Eeyore's gloominess. So they all made resolutions to change and swapped personalities.