5 Movies to Watch to get you in the Mood for Christmas

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Dec 22, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Christmas

Christmas is a holiday enjoyed by most people and for many, watching a great movie is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who enjoy watching a great movie around the Christmas holiday, here are a few favorites.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street is simply a “must see” during the Christmas holiday season. It stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, an individual who is not only the splitting image of Santa, but an individual who literally believes that he is Santa. Kris is asked to fill in for the Santa who would be leading the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade because of the previous Santa’s problem with drinking while on the job. As a result, he is also offered the position of Santa at the Macy’s department store, in the toy department. While playing the role of the department store Santa, Kris feels sorry for those who can’t afford the merchandise at Macy’s and advises customers to shop at some of the much cheaper stores in the area. Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) surprisingly likes Kris’ suggestion and decides to use it as part of a customer service “gimmick” for Macy’s department store. Meanwhile, the in-house psychiatrist at Macy’s (Porter Hall) decides that Kris is a problem and makes arrangements to have him locked up at Bellevue, claiming that he is insane. The fact that Kris truly believes that he is Santa Claus doesn’t help matters one bit. But lucky for Kris, he has a number of influential friends in the right places.

The Polar Express

Billy (Hayden McFarland) is a boy struggling to believe in Santa, but having a very difficult time finding a reason to do so. The problem is that Billy’s family does everything they can to persuade him that none of it is true. Santa, the North Pole, the elves, all just a farce. Just when it seems that all hope for Billy’s belief is completely lost, Christmas Eve arrives and with it a magical train in the middle of the night. Billy is picked up by the train, and its conductor (Tom Hanks) notifies Billy that he is on his way to the North Pole to visit none other than Santa himself. Watch as Billy’s entire belief system is turned upside down, and as a boy is given the hope that only the Christmas spirit can bring.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey plays the role of the Grinch, a miserable, mean, green individual with every intention of ruining Christmas for everyone in the little town of Whoville. But the Grinch wasn’t always the unusually mean person that he is today. He was actually a resident of Whoville at one time, but was forced to leave simply because of his scary appearance. He now spends his days atop Mount Crumpet watching everyone in Whoville preparing for the Christmas festivities, waiting for his opportunity to steal their Christmas spirit along with their presents, decorations, trees, and everything else that has anything to do with Christmas.

Home Alone

Home Alone is the story of Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), a boy who finds himself alone for the holidays. While the rest of the family is aboard their flight to France, Kevin is still asleep in bed, completely unaware of his dilemma. When Kevin finally realizes that he has the whole house to himself, he is forced to learn to take care of himself and to defend his home against would-be robbers. The would-be robbers, on the other hand, come to wish that they had never stopped at Kevin’s house in the first place.

Elf

Will Ferrel plays the role of Buddy, one of the biggest elves in the entire North Pole. However, Buddy isn’t actually a real elf and becomes very upset when he learns the truth. He decides to travel to New York, the place of his birth, in hopes of finding his real family. What Buddy doesn’t realize is that New York is nothing like the North Pole, and the people of New York nothing like the elves. Buddy manages to find his biological father fairly easily but convincing dad to accept him will be a challenge.

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Winter Cinema: Show A Holiday Themed Movie Downtown

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Nov 26, 2012 Under Event Productions, Tips

As winter approaches, it is sometimes hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather and the outdoor fun that comes along with it, but winter offers equally wonderful ways to enjoy fun times and create special memories with family and friends. Beautiful snow and winter holidays offer opportunities for family fun. Winter cinema is a great way to turn a festive holiday event, like a tree lighting ceremony, into a complete holiday experience.

Many towns host annual holiday events like a tree lighting or holiday parade for community members to enjoy. After the holiday parade downtown or proceeding the tree lighting ceremony in the square, continue the festivities with a winter cinema. A family movie will add to the holiday cheer at the event and provide a full evening of family friendly fun. Show a movie like Elf, Arthur Christmas or Polar Express, or consider showing short cartoons like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. The winter cinema event might be hosted by a downtown business or redevelopment district, a shopping or retail center, or a school.

Here are some additional tips for making a winter cinema event a success.

Food

The right food will add a festive touch to your holiday themed event. Try gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa, and perhaps set up a campfire for making s’mores. The warm treats and the campfire will provide warmth during the winter event and add to the holiday cheer.

Decorations

Decorations create a festive atmosphere. Christmas lights will add to the cheerful mood and provide necessary lighting, and a snow machine is a great way to add ambiance. Inflatable decorations such as a reindeer or snowman will also add a fun touch.

Activities for Kids

Offering activities for kids is a great touch at family oriented events. Face painting is always a great choice; a selection of Christmas or holiday themed designs would be perfect for this type of event. Holiday or winter themed crafts are another excellent choice. Crafts are fun, keep children busy and provide something special for kids to take home and help them remember the special event. Provide the materials for children to build a snowman with marshmallows or cotton balls, or have children create reindeer head pieces. Children will stay occupied and have fun, while parents enjoy a chance to relax and socialize.

Charity

Embrace the spirit of giving by including an opportunity to help a charity at the winter cinema event. There are many charities to consider; perhaps choose a local charity with ties to the community. Consider having a “Toys for Tots” drop box or collecting coats to donate to those in need. A non-perishable food drive to collect food for holiday meals is another excellent option.

Local holiday traditions are important in communities. Adding winter cinema to an annual holiday event is a great way to take a favorite local tradition, like the annual tree lighting, and turn it into an even more memorable community experience.

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