This is the first year that our son (who's two and a half) is really getting into the holidays. He loved Halloween, especially trick-or-treating and getting spooked by the skeletons on our neighbors' lawns. He didn't quite get Thanksgiving (except for the whole pie part). But he is already starting to get excited about Christmas.
And John and I are getting excited about starting new traditions. One of those traditions will be setting up a movie-of-the-day Advent calendar. Now lest you think that we are the movie geeks with the absolute worst taste in Christmas movies, keep in mind that our son is only two. He's too young for Christmas Vacation or Scrooged or Die Hard or Eyes Wide Shut or (my personal favorite) Love Actually. Rest assured that John and I will be watching those films throughout the season. But as for the Hammerspawn, he'll be checking out some holiday classics (both new and old) for the youngsters.
Here's the list of films, presented without comment (mostly). We'll be posting our thoughts and reviews as we watch each of the films:
12/1 - Thomas and Friends Christmas (This one will be painful -- especially because I will most likely have to watch it everyday until, like, Groundhog's Day.)
12/2 - Merry Madagascar
12/3 - Frosty the Snowman
12/4 - Santa Claus: The Movie (I'm glad this one is going to fall on a weekend, so the boy can watch it with his father and not me)
12/5 - Elf
12/6 - Frosty Returns
12/7 - Little Drummer Boy
12/8 - Kung Fu Panda Holiday/Shrek the Halls
12/9 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
12/10 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12/11 - The Polar Express (Again, thankful that this one is on a weekend. I despise this movie)
12/12 - Prep & Landing (This is on TV 12/9 on ABC at 7:30 PM. Super cute, if you haven't seen it)
12/13 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (It's Friday the 13th, after all)
12/14 - The Christmas Toy
12/15 - A Charlie Brown Christmas
12/16 - Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas
12/17 - Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
12/18 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
12/19 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
12/20 - Home Alone
12/21 - Mickey's Christmas Carol
12/22 - Muppets: Letters to Santa
12/23 - A Christmas Carol
12/24 - In John's family, his dad takes all the kids to see a movie in the theater on Christmas Eve. John is continuing this tradition. This year the Christmas Eve movie is...Yogi Bear. I hope to be in the hospital having a baby so I can avoid this torture.
What are your favorite Christmas movies and specials, for young and old? Does your family have any holiday movie viewing traditions?