Here’s some help in finding family films to watch over the holiday season. Easy to find on DVDs, each is unique with a blend of romance, comedy and drama.
A Christmas Story (1983)
A childhood memory of a 1940’s Christmas when all boys really wanted for Christmas was a Rod Ryder BB Gun. This movie is wonderful. Some families watch the movie together as part of their annual Christmas traditions.
Trading Places (1983)
Two scheming, heartless millionaires make a bet manipulating the lives of a stuck-up stockbroker and a cocky con-man. The bet backfires when unexpected allegiances are formed offering us some happy havoc and fun.
A cold-hearted television executive finally sees and understands life’s realities after three wacky ghosts visit him during the rehearsal of an especially important TV Christmas special.
A fantastical musical adventure starts for Skeleton and Rag Doll when Skeleton stumbles through a mysterious door which separates his Halloween land to the entirely different land of Christmas.
Maybe trusting all to fate, destiny or serendipity will give your romance too much adventure; but in this movie the twists and turns of the couple’s missed chances are fun to watch.
Love Actually (2003)
Interwoven romantic stories follow the fanciful relationships of likable people in situations that may make itimpossible for them to find love together. Sweet and engaging movie that is fun to watch more than once.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
What if a rich, demanding young stranger knocks on your door one December day wanting to rent his oldbedroom so he can spend Christmas in his childhood home? Money is in scarce supply and the lonely fellow is looking for a family and love.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Mom and Dad planned to leave on a wonderful Christmas vacation away from home until all of a sudden
Daughter decides to come home. Throwing together a great old fashioned family Christmas in such a short period of time brings a lot of laughs. The whole neighborhood is part of the fun.
The Holiday (2006)
Two young women living an ocean apart are fed up with their own lives and surroundings. They find each others’ ad on an Internet “trading homes” site. They decide to take the risk exchanging houses, weather and surroundings. Change can be good but will they have any luck finding love?
This Christmas (2007)
After four years a Mother finally succeeds in bringing all her children together to celebrate Christmas at home. Everyone brings a partner, friends, lots of secrets and their sibling rivalries.
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
A working mother overwhelmed with her job and family obligations decides to radically change her life. Her daughter’s request to Santa Claus sets the whole hilarious family adventure in motion.
Christmas Cottage (2008)
This movie is sometimes titled “Thomas Kinkade’s Home for Christmas.” Thomas Kinkade is known as “The Painter of Light.” The story is told of the Christmas vacation in which he started his painting career in earnest. This gentle movie is also a special movie about community and working together.