No matter where you live, whether you have a white Christmas or not, Christmas is a magical time of the year. When the children come to visit you at the senior living community, make sure you have some Christmas cookies ready (or bake them together) and prepare a collection of wonderful Christmas movies to watch with the family.
Watching movies together is a wonderful experience, and you can discuss your favorite parts afterward. If the movies are your childhood favorites, tell them about the first time you saw the movie, where, and who you were with. Make the atmosphere nice and cozy with some scented candles and turn the Christmas tree lights on!
Some of the movies you may want to consider are:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Christmas classic about a frustrated businessman (James Stewart) who is ready to give up, but gets a second chance to live and appreciate his life when an angel shows him what life would have been like if he never existed.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Based on the Charles Dickens novel, with Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit. The Muppets add an element of fun to a serious storyline.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
Christmas favorite with Laurel and Hardy and all your favorite nursery rhyme characters.
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
A Claymation Christmas tradition that brings back warm memories. The songs “Rudolph” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” have become familiar and much-loved classics.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A kindly man is hired as Santa for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade by Mrs. Walker (Maureen O’Hara). When the hired Santa meets Mrs. Walker’s little girl, the question of whether he is the real Santa or not is on everyone’s mind.
Charming and silly, but totally lovable comedy about a boy (Will Farrell) who was raised by elves (his elf dad is played by Bob Newhart) in the North Pole and travels to New York City to meet his biological father (James Caan).
White Christmas (1954)
Irving Berlin’s musical comedy about a song-and-dance team (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) who become romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) while working at an inn in Vermont.
The Nativity Story (2006)
This is a Christian movie, without much glamour but instead with an authentic representation of the events surrounding Christ’s birth, as we know them from the Bible.
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