Family Time Calendar: Classic Holiday Video Night

There's something about certain holiday videos that just makes everyone in the family feel good -- from the entranced youngster who watches for the first time, to the middle-schooler who can recite all the lines (and does), to the parents who revel in returning to one of their childhood favorites... A holiday-themed family video night is a great way to carve out some low-key but meaningful time together during a season that can be more hectic than any other.

What you'll need:
Holiday video (see recommendations)
Holiday cookies or flavored popcorn
Apple cider
Mulling spices (optional)
Comfy pillows and throws

Recommended Videos:
All Ages: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original animated version)
There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein
A Rugrats Chanukah
10 and Over:
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
A Christmas Story

What you'll do:
In the afternoon, or on the way home from work, pick up some special cookies at the bakery, or some gourmet flavored popcorn. (Caramel is always a hit.) Already received a tin of goodies from a client or friend? Break it open. Heat up some apple cider, with mulling spices if you and your kids enjoy it (or make a spiced pot for the adults, and serve the kids plain cider, warm or chilled). Then settle down for a long winter's night viewing: Watch several shorter cartoons together, or pair a shorter cartoon with a longer feature-length movie. (If you have children of varying ages -- and bedtimes -- this is a great way to balance everyone's interests and needs.


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