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I know every family has their favorite Christmas movies, and a lot of them even become yearly traditions. I, like so many people, love the oldies like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, and we like some of the newer ones too, but our kids have never been much for full-length movies, and watching movies is certainly not something we want to push them to do!
So we’ve kind of let them lead on the movie front (within serious limits, of course!) And over the years, three Christmas movies have emerged as stand-outs in our family. These actually get requested by all three of our kids (ages 8, 5, and 2) and watched year round over and over and over again. I love that all three of these movies are Jesus-centered without being negative about family and cultural traditions. So, I give you our heartiest recommendation of these three Christmas movies for preschoolers and early elementary-aged children. Drum roll, please……
My kids’ very favorite Christmas movie is A WowieBOZowee Christmas by BOZ The Green Bear Next Door($).
If you’ve not yet discovered Boz, this one is, by far, the best place to start! Boz is a big green bear that lives next door to a family and interacts with them in playful and imaginative ways. These are definitely aimed at preschoolers, but my 8-year old still really enjoys them. (Some of this is undoubtedly her lack of exposure to pop culture that American kids her age are into, but we’re so okay with that!) Personally, I wish they had just made all of the “Boz” movies about the family, and left Boz out of them entirely. I don’t really get the need for the big green bear; why can’t the movies just be about kids interacting positively with family and friends? But I digress… This really is a fun Christmas movie for kids. It has lots of fun songs and includes lots of North American Christmas traditions like caroling, exchanging Christmas cards and gifts, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, playing in the snow, ice skating, and a living Nativity.
Coming in at a close second, and inching into first for my oldest is What’s In The Bible’s Why Do We Call It Christmas?($)
I plan to do a post after Christmas about how much I love what Phil Vischer is doing with his new series What’s In The Bible?($), but for now, I’ll just say that this is a great movie that really helps kids (and, dare I say it, adults) to sort through why we do what we do at Christmas-time and which parts are cultural and which are religious. And I love that there are no judgments made – it just explains a lot of the history behind things and what they’ve come to mean now in a really, really fun way. (What’s In The Bible? is having some really great sales right now, so please check out and enjoy the “coupons” on the sidebar of this post!)
And finally, we must admit to enjoying Miss Pattycake’s Christmas($). Miss Pattycake’s Easter movie, Egg-Strava-Ganza($), is our very favorite of her movies, but Christmas is also good, and neither are in any way as annoying as the non-holiday episodes (in my opinion.)
My two youngest will watch these Miss Pattycake videos over and over if we let them. They are gentle and the songs are catchy, and they are reviewing truths about Jesus, so even though I feel like I say “no” more than “yes” and this is my personal least favorite of these three Christmas movies, they have seen it a lot of times.
So, there you have our three favorite Christmas movies for little ones. I noticed as I was looking up links for them on Amazon that they are pretty old and seemingly getting harder to find. To me, that means several things. First, you should get them while you can! 🙂 They really are worth it if you have little ones around. Second, I’m getting old! And third, there must be some new good ones that I’m out of the loop about. So please, fill me in!!! What are your favorite Christmas movies for little ones?