Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Eve Movie Party!~ By Kari Willinger

During the Christmas season, my family and I have a few traditions we like to do. I want to share these traditions and more with you. Traditions can come from all sorts of places, fun stuff for the family. One tradition my family does every year is bake cookies. We bake over 300 cookies in different Christmas flavors and give them all to our neighbors. This is not only a giving tradition but it is crazy and messy, the best combination for fun. Another thing you could do is make your own snowflakes to decorate your tree with, or take a nice nature walk and gather pine cones for decorating and be creative do what you want with the decorations.

 You can also have a movie night. Get about three great Christmas movies and spend the evening watching them. You can also do this with your friends instead of family for a kind of movie party. You can make Christmas treats and hot chocolate for snacks, and we can't forget the smores. Christmas time is a time to get out the best Christmas movies, whether they are cartoon or not. Here are a couple of movies that I think would be perfect for a movie night. I hope you enjoy these movies as much as I have.  

When Buddy (Will Ferrel) was a baby, he lived in an orphanage, until one Christmas eve night he climbed into Santa's sack and rode off to the north pole. When Santa finds Buddy he lets Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) raise him as his son. When Buddy grows into a man, Papa Elf allows Buddy to venture into New York city in order to find his birth father. After many misadventures and laughs, Buddy finds his father. Reluctant at first, Walter (James Caan) proceeds into a relationship with Buddy. When this relationships starts taking a toll on his work, Walter must sort through his priority's and find what is most important to him and what is worth giving away.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey (the Grinch) has a way with words, as you can see in this movie. A great story told and with great laughs. This movie is about The Grinch, a nasty creature living on the outskirts of Whoville. The Grinch tries and rids the world of Christmas until he is befriended by a tiny Who of the name Cindy Lou-who. When Cindy befriends the Grinch, he slowly gets his heart back and loves Christmas just as much as everyone else.
Miracle on 34th Street
A wonderful Christmas story, a man saying he really is Santa Claus or is he insane? We go through this story with Kris Kringle in an attempt to save Christmas. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it talks about how you have to have faith on things unseen, you have to believe in them. Even though this is talking about Santa Claus, I like to take it with me through life, a very valuable lesson indeed. Watch as people learn to love Christmas and believe in Santa Claus, through this touching and lovable movie.
The Santa Clause
When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa, he is magically fitted to take his place. Watch as Scott tries to juggle his job, his son, and being the new Santa Claus. A person favorite to me and I hope to you as well. If you really enjoyed this movie, watch the other two!
Home Alone
As the McAllistar family gets ready to go on a Christmas vacation, they completely forget about Kevin, the youngest. When Kevin gets left behind, he starts to have a great time, until two robbers try and break into the house. Kevin immediately jumps into action, wiring his own house with booby traps. Laugh along with Macaulay Culkin at the absurdity but highly entertaining traps the robbers get flown into.
Frosty the Snowman 
A story about a magic hat, a magician, and a snowman. Watch as Frosty the snowman comes to life but is in danger of melting. As he befriends a little girl, they run to the north pole to save him. Little do they know that they are being followed by a magician who want his hat back. This hat is the very same hat that is giving Frosty life. A wonderful kids story that is funny and cute.

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