The ULTIMATE online guide for Christmas in watching videos/movies (on Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube), games, unit studies, ebooks, audio, and more.
What fun it is to enjoy snuggly time on the couch with hot chocolate, homemade cookies, and a Christmas movie. The lights are glowing from the Christmas tree and you can almost feel the magic in the air. The time of Christ’s birth is approaching as we anxiously await his arrival. The time of advent is here.
There are many things that you can do as a family that do not require you to be on the tv or computer. BUT in case you are wanting something along those lines, we have the ULTIMATE guide for you!
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– Christmas Classical Radio
– Celtic Christmas Radio
– Christmas Traditional Radio
– Kids Christmas Radio
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YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS SONGS:
SOMETHING TO HAVE ON ALL DAY –
Fireplace for your Home Christmas Music edition – (Amazon INSTANT) Enjoy the sounds of a crackling fireplace mixed with tasteful renditions of all-time Holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, and Joy to the World.
Fireplace for your Home presents Crackling Fireplace – (Amazon INSTANT) Suitable for any time of the year, this installment of Fireplace For Your Home includes our Famous old-fashioned, wood-burning fireplace.
Nativity Set – (Amazon INSTANT) Your favorite Christmas music set to 5 beautiful Nativity sets!
The Merry Yule Log – (Amazon INSTANT) When we think of Christmas, we think of great traditions. There are few things more traditional at Christmas time than the sound of classic holiday carols and the warm crackle of a yule log in the fireplace. Start your own tradition this season with The Merry Yule Log, and bring the warmth of Christmas into your home.
Christmas Lights 2: Bigger Dazzling Displays – (Amazon INSTANT) Get into the spirit of Christmas in an even BIGGER way with the Christmas Lights DVD Vol 2!
The Nativity Story – (YouTube) (Netflix DVD) WARNING for sensitive viewers – the very beginning of the movie is intense with the soldiers going after the babies under 2 years old after Herod’s decree. You can also rent for $1.99 or purchase this on Amazon for $8.
The Greatest Adventure – Stories From The Bible – The Nativity – (YouTube)
Jesus – The Nativity [Full Presentation] – (YouTube)
The Nativity ( Christian Animated Cartoon Movie ) – (YouTube)
Star Over Bethlehem – (Amazon INSTANT) Filmed on location in the Holy Lands, this is the complete Christmas story. 24minutes
Mary Had A Little Lamb – (Amazon INSTANT) In this enchanting children’s musical, puppets tell the story of the events of the first Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.
The Savior Is Born, Told by Morgan Freeman with Music by The Christ Church Cathedral Choir – (Amazon INSTANT) The poignant retelling of the Nativity weaves together the gospels of Matthew and Luke as it follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, culminating in the touching events surrounding the birth of Jesus. An awe-inspiring musical score captures all the power and beauty of the very first Christmas. Ages 5 and up. Illustrated by Robert Van Nutt. Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winner.
The Puzzle Club Christmas Mystery – (Amazon INSTANT) The detectives search for a missing father and discover the true “mystery” of the season along the way.
Studio One: The Nativity (1952) – (Amazon INSTANT) From Westinghouse Studio One, this is the story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.
Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: The Announcement to Mary (animated)(You Tube)
Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: A Child Is Born (animated)(You Tube)
Bible Stories For Children – New Testament: Escape to Egypt (animated)(You Tube)
Legends of the Bible: The Nativity (animated)(Netflix DVD)
CLASSICS and PERSONAL FAVORITES –
Holiday Inn – (a FAVORITE, but only available to rent on Amazon for $3 or $7 for purchase) Bing Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Fred Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – (Amazon INSTANT) This Christmastime angelic intervention sparkles with good humor as Dudley the angel is sent to help a bishop and his wife survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral.
It’s a Wonderful Life – (YouTube)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – only available for purchase on Amazon for $5
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – only available for purchase on Amazon for $10
Miracle on 34th Street (Meet Mr. Kringle) – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) The holiday spirit is alive and well in this televised take on the 1947 film that earned Edmund Gwenn an Oscar for his portrayal of Kris Kringle. In this version, Thomas Mitchell dons Santa’s suit to play a man who could be capable of miracles. Sandy Descher stars as the little girl who hangs on to her skepticism, with Teresa Wright co-starring as her mother, a hardworking woman with no time in her schedule to believe.
The Polar Express – (Netflix) A young boy’s faith in the holiday spirit is revived after he makes his way by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve in this warm-hearted computer-animated tale inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning children’s book.
Jingle All the Way – (Netflix)(Amazon INSTANT) A desperate dad must match wits with a sleazy Santa, a stressed-out mailman and a horde of parents to procure a hot new toy on Christmas Eve. And since disappointing his son isn’t an option, he’s determined to get it by any means possible.
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker) – (Netflix) In the spirit of the original fairy tale, this adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “Nutcracker” alchemizes Tchaikovsky’s score, Maurice Sendak’s costumes and production, and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s dancing into a memorable masterwork. At the story’s center are young Clara, the nutcracker she receives for Christmas, and the fantastical creatures that come alive when all but Clara have gone to bed for the night.
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – The Full Movie – (YouTube)
CHRISTMAS CAROL options –
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009) – with Jim Carrey, the best and closest adaptation to the book. Available only on Amazon to rent for $3.99 or to purchase for $8.
A Christmas Carol (animated) – (Netflix)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (animated) – (Netflix) Nicolas Cage, Kate Winslet and Simon Callow provide voices for this animated version of the classic Charles Dickens tale about the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas from three ghosts who confront him in the night. The film uses live-action sequences to bookend the story, and a mouse in the animated portion helps younger viewers follow the story. Winslet sings the film’s main theme.
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – (Amazon INSTANT) An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens’ timeless classic “A Christmas Carol.” The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn’t have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve.
An American Christmas Carol – (Amazon INSTANT) In this unique retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol, Henry Winkler is Benedict Slade, a heartless finance company president in Depression era New England.
A Christmas Carol (1984 with George C Scott) – (YouTube)
BOOKS READ on VIDEO –
The Night Before Christmas, Told by Meryl Streep – (Amazon INSTANT) A magical Christmas Eve experience that will become a family tradition. A heart-felt reading of Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem with illustrations of favorite carols, this collection of holiday classics captures the true spirit of Christmas. Ages 5 & up. Music by Mark O’Connor, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Van Dyke Parks, Sarah W. Neil, Meryl Streep.
A Gingerbread Christmas – (Amazon INSTANT) Christmas has been canceled in the town of Gloomsbury – and something must be done. So the Prince and Princess of Gingerbread attempt to save the day in this fun-filled holiday classic. The spirited narration and lively musical score will whisk you through this merry tale about the true meaning of Christmas. Ages 4 and up.
The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, Told by Amy Grant – (Amazon INSTANT) Your family will enjoy this endearing story about two Christmas presents–a dog and a cat–who fall out of Santa’s sleigh. By working together–something that doesn’t always come naturally–they find their way to their new home. And, through their example of love for one another, they bring harmony to an entire household. Music by Chet Atkins and illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi. Ages 4 and up.
The Lion and the Lamb, Told by Amy Grant and Christopher Reeve – (Amazon INSTANT) Christopher Reeve and Amy Grant relate this wondrous fable of an escaped lion and a new-born lamb who teach a brother and a sister about the true spirit of Christmas. Based on European legends, this animated tale is directed by Bill Kroyer (FernGully: The Last Rainforest). Music by Lyle Mays. A heartfelt holiday story that promises to be a seasonal classic. Ages 4 and up.
The Tailor of Gloucester, Told by Meryl Streep with Music by The Chieftains – (Amazon INSTANT) No thanks to his naughty cat Simpkin, the tailor of Gloucester has no more thread to finish the coat for the mayor’s wedding on Christmas day. With the help of friends, the tailor finds that a favor is returned. A sensitive retelling and beautiful music evoke the humor of Beatrix Potter’s tale. Ages 5 & up. Grammy Nomination-Best Recording for Children; Parents Magazine-Year’s Best for Kids.
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse – (Netflix) When a huge snowstorm leaves everyone stranded at the House of Mouse, Mickey and his guests, including Pooh, Piglet, Belle, Snow White, Ariel and many more, break out the cookies and hot chocolate to help Donald Duck regain his holiday spirit.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – (YouTube)
Pooh Bear – Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too – (YouTube)
Tigger And Pooh Super Sleuth Christmas Movie – (YouTube)
Winnie The Pooh -A Very Merry Pooh Year – (YouTube)
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS –
Christmas Classics: Vol. 1 – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) Nine merry and high-spirited holiday cartoons are included in this family-oriented collection from the 1950s, highlighted by the perennial favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the classic verses of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Holiday Favorites: Vol. 2 – (Netflix) Christmastime becomes even merrier with this collection of lively holiday-themed animated shorts, the second volume of a series designed to provide seasonal entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. Titles include “The Snowman,” “Somewhere in Dreamland,” “Jack Frost” and the Depression-era “The Shanty Where Santy Lives,” which finds good Mr. Claus whisking a poor lad from shantytown to his own much jollier North Pole shanty.
Holiday Favorites: Vol. 3 – (Netflix) Seven lively shorts — each capturing a different aspect of holiday tales and traditions — are combined in this collection created especially for the whole family to enjoy together. Featured films in the volume include “Santa’s Surprise,” “Jerky Turkey,” “Hector’s Hectic Life” and the 1949 follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along classic “Snow Foolin’,” in which members of the critter world enjoy fun wintertime activities.
Holiday Favorites: Vol. 4 – (Netflix) When a cigar-smoking Santa takes a break from his duties, playful toys emerge from their cheerfully wrapped boxes in “The Christmas Visitor,” one of the six vintage Christmas cartoons and live-action shorts that make up this volume from the Holiday Favorites series. Other titles in the collection include “The Christmas Visit,” “The Candle Maker,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Christmas Comes But Once a Year” and “Christmas Journey.”
Holiday Favorites: Vol. 5 – (Netflix) Six heartwarming featurettes are included in this volume of holiday favorites ideal for the entire family to enjoy together, including a unique, black-and-white interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson’s charming “The Little Match Girl.” Other titles in this collection include “The Music Album,” “Christmas Carols,” “A Collection of Carols,” “Santa Claus’s Punch & Judy,” “The Home of Santa Claus” and “Christmas Fairy Tales.”
CHRISTIAN Holiday Favorites: Vol. 1 – (Netflix)
Four shorts, two animated, are included in the first volume of this holiday collection, part of a series designed to give family members young and old an ideal way to celebrate beloved Christmas traditions together. Anthony Jacobs provides the narration for “Star of Bethlehem,” a 1950s TV production of the classic Christmas story. Additional titles in this volume include “Silent Night,” “Starlight Night” and “Brightest Night.”
CHARLIE BROWN –
Charlie Brown Christmas – available for purchase on Amazon for $9
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales – (Netflix)
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown – (Netflix)
PRESCHOOL and UP:
VeggieTales: St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving – (Netflix)
VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy – (Amazon INSTANT)
The Christmas Toy – (Amazon INSTANT) A fan favorite and a holiday classic, “The Christmas Toy” tells the story of Rugby the Tiger, who was young Jamie’s favorite Christmas toy last year. On Christmas Eve, Rugby thinks that he will once again be wrapped up and placed under the tree, but all the other toys try to explain that is not going to happen. Rugby decides to place himself under the tree and it is up to his friends to get him back before it is too late. Filled with music, memorable characters and a great message about friendship, Jim Henson’s “The Christmas Toy” is entertainment for the whole family.
Jack Frost – (Amazon INSTANT) Rankin Bass / The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human and helped a knight win his lady love.
Little Brother, Big Trouble – (Netflix) With Christmas approaching, young reindeer Niko’s world is turned upside down after his mother announces plans to get remarried. When his new stepbrother gets kidnapped, Niko must save the day while learning about the importance of family.
Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas – (Amazon INSTANT) This classic Christmas story is about Ma and Emmet Otter – a family that has little more than each other. When a talent show is held in town, a fifty-dollar prize gives them each hope of buying the other a real present this year but they face stiff competition from a fierce animal rock group.
Babes in Toyland – (Netflix) Christmas is upon the land, but Barnaby doesn’t believe in toys, so he has plans to shut down the Toyland Toy Factory. Now, Jack and Jill must stop Barnaby’s evil plot and save Christmas for everyone.
Christmas Classics: Jingle Bells – (Amazon INSTANT) A merry elf reveals how a loving farm family learns that the very best holiday gifts come from the heart. Voices of this animated tale include Jason Alexander and Don Knotts.
Christmas Classics: O’ Christmas Tree – (Amazon INSTANT) Featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Tim Conway and Marie Osmond, this tale is set in a snowy forest on Christmas Eve where a forlorn pine tree feels she is too homely to ever realize her dream of becoming a real Christmas tree.
Little Spirit: Christmas in New York – (Amazon INSTANT) When a friendly cabbie tells two young sisters the story of a boy named Leo who moved to Manhattan with his family, a magical adventure begins. While adjusting to the big city and enjoying the days leading up to Christmas, Leo accidentally loses his dog Ramona in Central Park. Leo is devastated by his loss until a magical creature named Little Spirit appears.
Yes, Virginia – (Netflix) Set in 1897, this animated holiday tale follows the efforts of plucky, 8-year-old Virginia as she crisscrosses New York City to discover whether there really is a Santa Claus. Her answer comes from an unlikely source — a crusty newspaper editor.
Elf Bowling – (Amazon INSTANT) When Santa’s half wit brother kidnaps the elves, Santa and super-elf Lex team up to save the day! Based on the enormously popular game, this beautiful, computer-graphics-animated movie is full of pirates, penguins and legendary heroes in a magical adventure perfect for the whole family.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas – (Netflix) George and The Man In The Yellow Hat are having a merry time counting down to Christmas. But neither can decide what to give each other. Will they find the answers before Christmas morning?
The Snow Queen – (Amazon INSTANT) When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.
The Littlest Angel – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) In this charming version of Charles Tazewell’s Christmas story, heaven’s littlest angel struggles to adapt to his new celestial home. Torn between heaven and earth, he eventually finds his place when he presents God’s newborn son with a special gift.
Magic Gift of the Snowman – (Netflix) Emery is a poor, sick little girl and her brother’s way of making her feel better is to tell her the story of the coolest guy he’s ever heard about — a snowman named Snowden and the magical kingdom he lives in.
Santa and the Three Bears – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) After learning about Santa Claus, two willful bear cubs decide to postpone their hibernation so they can see the jolly gift-giver in person. Eager to please the baby bears, a park ranger dresses as St. Nick and sets out to spread Christmas cheer. Set in Yellowstone National Park, this pleasant animated movie for children features the vocal talents of Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl and Christina Ferra-Gilmore.
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) Rather than prepare for winter hibernation like his neighbors, Ted Edward Bear sets out in search of the lights, music and toys of a special place he’s heard about called Christmas. The first thing Ted learns is that Christmas is not a place at all.
In Search Of Santa – (Netflix)Even in the coldest places on Earth the magic of Christmas can warm the heart. Join penguin princesses Crystal (Hilary Duff) and Lucinda (Haylie Duff) on the adventure of a lifetime in this enchanting, fun-filled, CGI-animated movie.
How the Toys Saved Christmas – (Netflix) When Santa’s helper Granny Rose falls ill and must take off on Christmas Eve, she recruits Mr. Grimm to help deliver all the toys. What no one but the toys knows is that Mr. Grimm plans to auction off the toys to the highest bidder!
A Very Barry Christmas – (Netflix)When Barry Buckley’s surefire business venture fails to ignite, a bizarre chain of events causes a catastrophic chance meeting with Santa, and the two unwittingly trade lives in a Christmas mix-up of epic proportions.
A Magical Cartoon Christmas – (Netflix)Join Jack Frost, Grampy and other friends for nine classic seasonal shorts that celebrate the Christmas spirit. One highlight of this holiday extravaganza is Max Fleischer’s “Somewhere in Dreamland.”
Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On: Christmas in Mouseland – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) It’s yuletide in Mouseland, and everyone at Angelina’s school is buzzing about the upcoming holiday production, “Cinderella Mouse and the Ugly Whiskers.” Angelina yearns for the lead, but is disappointed when she ends up cast as the wicked stepmouse.
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet – (Amazon INSTANT)
Care Bears: The Nutcracker – (Amazon INSTANT)
Barney: Night Before Christmas – (Amazon INSTANT) Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your favorite purple pal in this “dino-mite” Christmas classic. Join Barney and friends as they take a musical journey to the North Pole where they are greeted as special guests at Santa’s Workshop.
Barney: A Christmas Star – (Amazon INSTANT) BARNEY: A CHRISTMAS STAR sends Barney and his friends on a mission to find the perfect Christmas star for the top of the tree!
An Angel for Christmas – (Netflix)Christmas has been crushed by the mean-spirited D. D. Kovet, who owns most of the tiny town of Ironsville. But when a mysterious peasant girl and her wolf companion come to town, it’s up to them to rekindle the spirit in the hearts of the townsfolk.
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas – (Amazon INSTANT) Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour prime time special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.”
Pingu: South Pole Adventures – (Netflix)
Children’s Favorites: Christmas Treasure – (Netflix) Make it feel like the most wonderful time of the year anytime of the year with this collection of Christmas-themed children’s favorites starring Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Barney, Pingu, Kipper and the Rubbadubbers.
HIT Favorites: Jolly Holiday – (Netflix) This collection features favorites like Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney. Tag along on a Christmas tree delivery with Thomas, build a sleigh with Bob and his crew, catch a holiday light show with Sam and more.
Winter Wonderland – (Netflix) This cheerful celebration of all things winter features six beloved children’s television characters — Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Kipper, Pingu and Fireman Sam — in rollicking adventures that capture the holiday spirit.
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends – (Netflix)Preschoolers will find plenty of laughs and lessons in this winter-themed collection featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney and more. They’ll help Bob the Builder make a snowman and tumble down snow-covered hills on a sled with Kipper the dog.
Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember – (Amazon INSTANT) Bob and his friends have their work cut out for them to prepare for the town’s annual Christmas concert.
Bob The Builder: Bob’s White Christmas – (Amazon INSTANT) Celebrate Christmas with Bob and his Can-Do Crew as they “rock and snow” their way through these magical holiday episodes.
Bob The Builder: Snowed Under / The Bobblesberg Winter Games – (Amazon INSTANT) It’s the countdown to the Bobblesberg Winter Games, and the team assigned to build the courses is snowed under. Bob and his crew have stepped in to get the job done, but time is running out! As the competitors train for the big event, Bob and the team race the clock to ramp up the ski jump, build a log cabin, and smooth over the ice rink. Will everything be finished before the opening ceremonies?
Alpha Bots Christmas – (Netflix) Tiny tots will enjoy this lively animated film about 26 flying robots who prematurely pop out of their holiday gift wrapping to frolic about — and thereby possibly ruin Santa’s Christmas surprise for everyone. As they whiz through the air, these fun-loving droids introduce young viewers to the letters of the alphabet and also teach them valuable life lessons, such as the benefits of following instructions.
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas – (Netflix)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas – (Amazon INSTANT) Thomas lights up the tracks in a magical Christmas special! Thomas looks for the grandest tree on Sodor, while the Logging Locos sing the Snow Song in hopes of a winter wonderland.
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish – (Amazon INSTANT) Thomas has a special delivery for the season — the Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true! Celebrate the holiday season with Thomas — from building snowmen, preparing holiday surprises, and celebrating a Misty Island Christmas party. The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true.
Fireman Sam: Holiday Heroes – (Netflix)
Eloise: Little Miss Christmas – (Netflix)A last-minute visit from a hotel inspector throws the Plaza Hotel into a tailspin on Christmas Eve. But the ever-spirited Eloise (voiced by Mary Matilyn Mouser) won’t let it derail her plans to put on a holiday extravaganza in the ballroom.
DreamWorks Holiday Classics – (Netflix) Join your DreamWorks friends for these four holiday specials. Watch as those wacky animals from Madagascar save Christmas; Donkey puts on a caroling Christmas Shrek-tacular; and Hiccup and Toothless unveil an explosive holiday Dragons surprise.
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday – (Netflix) As preparations for the Winter Feast build, Po is caught between his obligations as the Dragon Warrior and his family holiday traditions. In the end, he follows his heart and shows both the villagers and the palace the true meaning of community.
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARTOONS ON YOUTUBE –
ACME HolidaysNet has Family Circus, The Christmas Tree, Buttons and Rusty, Berenstain Bears, and lots more!
ELEMENTARY and UP –
Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas – (YouTube)
Ernest Saves Christmas – (YouTube)
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish – (YouTube)
Santa Claus -(Amazon INSTANT) (YouTube) While most commercial adaptations of the Santa Claus legend add a distinctive twist to the traditional story this film is unique in its depiction of a Santa who works from outer space, and who does battle with a demon sent to Earth by Lucifer to ruin Christmas.
How About You – (Amazon INSTANT) Based on a short story by Maeve Binchy, Ellie is a free-spirited and headstrong young woman left in charge of a retirement home over the Christmas holidays.
The Heart of Christmas – (Netflix) Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax one last Christmas — even if it has to be in October.
Bush Christmas – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT)When a band of outlaws steals their father’s prize horses, four Australian siblings living in the outback have to revise their plans for Christmas — mostly because Dad has canceled the holiday. But the kids soon concoct a scheme to reclaim their yuletide celebration, and it involves some good old-fashioned detective work. This postwar classic was later remade in the early 1980s, starring a young Nicole Kidman in one of her first film roles.
Christmas Angel – (Netflix) While writing an assignment for school about Christmas wishes, Olivia Mead begins to notice strange things happening around her. As her wishes start to come true, she becomes convinced that they are miracles linked to a woman she thinks is an angel.
Christmas Town – (Netflix)Liz McCann is a single mom struggling to raise her only child, Mason. During the holidays, when they go to visit Liz’s father, who lives in a town totally consumed with Christmas, all three discover the magic and healing of the true holiday spirit.
*Christmas Lodge – (Netflix) (Amazon INSTANT) Hoping to cheer up her ill grandfather, Mary seeks to restore the dilapidated lodge where her family spent many happy Christmases, and as she works hard to fulfill her goal, she finds love with Jack, whose own family is deeply connected to the lodge. *Many of our FACEBOOK friends have recommended this movie*
A Christmas Snow – (Amazon INSTANT) – “A Christmas Snow” is a heartwarming story about faith, hope and restoration with a silver lining. After a fluke winter storm right before Christmas, Kathleen (Catherine Mary Stewart) finds herself trapped in her own home with two unlikely guests, Sam (Muse Watson) and Lucy (Cameron ten Napel).
Snowglobe – (Netflix)Angela finds a mystical snow globe that transports her into an idyllic and wintry Christmas wonderland. But when her two worlds unexpectedly collide, Angela must make a choice about what Christmas really means.
All I Want for Christmas – (Netflix)The only thing that siblings Hallie and Ethan are hoping they get for Christmas is the reconciliation of their divorced parents, and they’re convinced that all it will take is getting Mom and Dad in the same room at the same time.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – (Netflix)A scheming college student is desperate to get home for Christmas so he can collect his gift: a vintage Porsche. Unfortunately, he’s stranded in the desert with no money and no ID. Will losing everything help him find the real meaning of the holiday?
One Magic Christmas – (Netflix)A young mother, disillusioned with Christmas, finds its approach one more pressure to an already stress-filled existence. But her spirit of hope and Christmas is rekindled through a miraculous yuletide experience.
Christmas with a Capital C – (Netflix)This Christian family film follows the residents of Trapper Falls, Alaska, as they try to mount their annual Christmas celebration despite the interference of a Scrooge-like lawyer who objects to the town’s public displays of Christianity.
Midnight Clear – (Amazon INSTANT) Faith Comes in Unexpected Places. Based on the story by the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Left Behind Series, Jerry B. Jenkins.
Snowmen – (Netflix)In this family-friendly drama, a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three small-town boys into the spotlight. Soon the pals hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a world record for building snowmen.
Snow – (Netflix)Bumbling trainee Nick Snowden is next in line to take over the duties of Santa Claus. When Nick loses his prized reindeer three days before Christmas, he embarks on a journey from the North Pole to California to bring the animal back.
Snow 2: Brain Freeze – (Netflix)This sequel to the hit TV movie finds newly minted Santa Nick Snowden in trouble just days before Christmas. When a trip through a magic mirror leaves him with no memory, his wife, Sandy, tries to help him recover in time for his midnight ride.
ANIMAL RELATED MOVIES –
The 12 Dogs of Christmas – (Netflix)In this heartwarming holiday tale set during the Great Depression, irrepressible 12-year-old Emma sets out to treat her down-and-out community to an inspiring Christmas pageant starring some spirited canines.
Hercules Saves Christmas (Santa’s Dog) – (Netflix) In the woods two days before Christmas, mischievous 12-year old Max finds a talking dog named Hercules. Hercules explains to Max that he makes the naughty and nice list for Santa, and he was sent to offer Max a chance at the “nice list.”
A Christmas Puppy – (Netflix) A teenager’s faith in the spirit of Christmas dwindles when his single mother is faced with looming unemployment. However, he finds himself regaining hope after the arrival of a truly magical holiday surprise.
The Search for Santa Paws – (Netflix) In this prequel to Disney’s holiday hit Santa Buddies, Santa Claus and puppy Paws become best friends as they team up to spread the spirit of Christmas in New York City. But when Santa’s memory fades, it’s Paws who must save the holiday.
Santa Buddies – (Netflix) When golden retriever pup Budderball gets his name on Santa Paws’s naughty list, Santa Paws’s son, Puppy Paws, decides to take Budderball under his paw in this family-friendly North Pole adventure.
Golden Winter – (Netflix) A runaway boy befriends a pack of homeless puppies. Together, they help stop a bank robbery, while the boy tries to find a family to adopt them all. Set during the yuletide season, this heartwarming tale offers up wholesome holiday cheer.
Extreme Christmas Trees – (Netflix) Some people will take on any challenge when it comes to their Christmas trees — from a three-story-tall tree in a private home to a towering “singing” Christmas tree that houses hundreds of carolers.
PARENTS PREVIEW for OLDER KIDS – but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) – (Amazon INSTANT) Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I – and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. PG-13
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TV SHOWS
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3, Ep. 13 “The Alan Brady Show Presents” – (Amazon INSTANT) The entire Alan Brady staff presents a Christmas show instead of the script turned in by the show’s writers.
Father Knows Best Season 1, Ep. 12 “Father Knows Best 112-The Christmas Story” – (Amazon INSTANT) In an attempt to remind his family of the real meaning of Christmas, Jim decides the Andersons will cut down their own Christmas tree this year.
Dennis The Menace, Season One, Ep. 11 “The Christmas Story” – (Amazon INSTANT) Dennis goes crazy trying to find his gifts.
Dennis The Menace, Season Two, Ep. 12 “The Christmas Horse” – (Amazon INSTANT) Determined to get a horse for Christmas, Dennis searches the neighborhood trying to find what he thinks is his horse.
Dennis The Menace, Season Three, Ep. 12 “The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree” – (Amazon INSTANT)
Beverly Hillbillies Season 1 Episode 13 – Home For Christmas – (YouTube)
The Beverly Hillbillies Season 2 Episode 14 – Christmas At The Clampetts – (YouTube)
The Beverly Hillbillies Season 5 Episode 15 – The Christmas Present – (YouTube)
The Beverly Hillbillies Season 7 Episode 13 – The Week Before Christmas – (YouTube)
(The Walton’s Pilot) The Homecoming: A Christmas Story – (YouTube)
The Brady Bunch. The voice of Christmas. S1 E12 – (YouTube)
A Very Brady Christmas – (YouTube)
A Smoky Mountain Christmas with Dolly Parton (1986) – (YouTube)
Christmas with the King Family – (Amazon INSTANT) The King Sisters are back with their family to celebrate their favorite holiday in this 1967 Christmas special. The family shares some of their favorite Christmas songs. This show includes many touching moments, including King Sister Alyce dedicating “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to her son away in the army, who then surprises her on the show and they finish the song together.
The Hollywood Palace: Bing Crosby Christmas Show – (Amazon INSTANT) In this Bing Crosby Christmas Special, Bing and Kathryn Crosby, with their children Harry, Mary Francis and Nathaniel host Christmas themed acts with stars Cyd Charisse, Bob Newhart, The Cuban Cossacks, Roy Fitzell and trained dog act Excess baggage.
The All-Star Christmas Show – (Amazon INSTANT) 50 Incredible Stars Join Bing and Bob Together For The Most Celebrated Night In History!
Lawrence Welk Christmas Shows – (Amazon INSTANT) Includes performances of Christmas classics such as: Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Oh Holy Night, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Ava Maria, Silent Night, and many, many more!
UNIT STUDIES –
A Mini Study of Christmas from Homeschool in the Woods
Here is a list that was found at ihomeschoolnetwork:
12 Days of Christmas (traditions and history focusing on keeping Christ in Christmas) from Serving Joyfully
Christmas Around the World from Confessions of a Homechooler
A Norwegian Style Christmas from Eva Varga
Saint Nicholas for Preschoolers from Lara’s Place
Five Days of Christmas Carols A Free Unit Study from Homegrown Learners
Jesse Tree Ornaments: An Advent Unit Study Resource from Harrington Harmonies
The Meaning Behind The Twelve Days of Christmas from A Diligent Heart
ONLINE GAMES –
A great novel that would be a wonderful new tradition to add to your Christmas tradition – The Nicholas Book written by William Chad Newsom. “Journey back to small town America in 1959, as The Nicholas Book follows the adventures of Joshua and Rachel Kirk, two kids who set off on a quest to learn the truth behind the many Santa Claus legends. Hearing of a mysterious book that may answer their questions, they head for The Old Page Bookshop; but on the way, they are pursued by enemies, one who wants revenge, and one who wants only the Book. To find the truth, Joshua and Rachel will have to face their fears, and learn to see the magic of the world with new eyes. Of all Christmas legends, none has captured the imaginations of young and old for more centuries than the story of Saint Nicholas. Weaving a story-tapestry of history and myth, The Nicholas Book offers a new perspective on St. Nicholas, the elves, and the magic of Christmas Eve. This exciting new holiday adventure will help your family rekindle the magic of Christmas, and rediscover the truth behind Saint Nicholas, and the One he loved and served.”
Truth in the Tinsel – Click here to visit Truth in the Tinsel.
– This ebook will lead you and your children on your own experience through the Christmas Story. You’ll take a few minutes each day in reading the Christmas Story directly from the Bible, making a fun ornament craft and talking about it together.
The Jesse Tree Devotional by Blessed Beyond a Doubt The Jesse Tree is a FUN way to explain the story of Jesus’ genealogy and the history of God’s plan of salvation. It starts with creation to the birth of Jesus, concentrating on the imperative points in Scripture such as the fall of Adam and Eve, the flood, and the lineage from Jesse to Jesus. Each day during Advent there is an ornament that goes along with a specific scripture.
Why I Give by Corine Hyman – Click here to visit Books By Corine. “How wonderful would it be if we could teach our children to be a cheerful giver from an early age? Christmas is often thought of as the “season of giving.” However, as Christians we want our children to be givers year round, not only at Christmas time. This book is designed to help your child cultivate a heart of giving. It includes several coloring pages (created by my 13 year old niece, Lyrique), activity puzzles and suggestions for homemade gifts that children could make. In addition, it includes a giving journal. As a clinical psychologist, I know that research has shown that journaling to be one of the best ways to help children and adults learn and process things at a deep level. Why I Give – Activity Book was designed to help your child embrace a spirit of giving. As with all my ebooks, the copyright applies to the whole family.”
Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time by Corine Hyman – Click here to visit Books By Corine. “Why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday?” This is a question that everyone has wondered at least once in their life. However, few have been able to come up with an answer. Join Evelyn and her friends as they discover the reason why we give gifts to each other at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday.
While Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is geared towards children 3 to 8, it is a book that the whole family will enjoy. “Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time” uses biblical passages to answer the question of why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday. While this book is geared to the Christmas season, the principles it teaches can be used throughout the year.
One of the neatest websites that I have found. It is called Family Christmas Online. “The Site was formed to help your family to have a joyful and meaningful Christmas, even if your life is going in thirty different directions.Welcome to our growing library of stories, ideas, and songs to enrich (and in some cases simplify) your Christmas season.”
Northpole.com has stories, crafts, and games.
YouTube has audiobooks – did you know that? For me it is easier than downloading from Librivox (an most of them are from Librivox) Here are some options for you to check out.
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