There’s nothing quite like the nostalgia of those vintage holiday specials. Remember how exciting it was when they aired on TV because they only aired once a year? And back then there was no On Demand or streaming video so if you missed them when they aired on TV. You were out of luck and you wouldn’t get the chance to see them again until next year. Of course, there are some modern holiday classics like the movie Elf that people watch every year. But if you want to make this holiday season special start a new tradition with your kids of watching these holiday specials from the past:
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Your kids may have seen the modern live-action version of this special but have they seen the original animated version narrated by Boris Karloff? If not, you need to watch this animated special with them this year. In my family, it’s just not Christmas until we all sit down with hot chocolate and popcorn to watch The Grinch.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
This stop animation classic looks a little dated compared to the modern CGI effects that are used in holiday specials and movies but the message of love, inclusion, and the spirit of Christmas is the same. Teach your kids the story behind the classic Christmas carol with this fun animated version of the story of the red-nosed reindeer who saved Christmas from the blustery winter weather that made it impossible for Santa to fly his sleigh around the world distributing toys and presents to all the good girls and boys around the world.
Frosty The Snowman
Another classic animated Christmas special is the Frosty The Snowman animated classic that shows Frosty being assembled and coming together thanks to the magic in that old silk top hat. Together with some very special friends Frosty goes adventuring before the warm weather comes and threatens to melt him.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
And you must watch with your kids the most revered animated holiday special of them all A Charlie Brown Christmas. Even though this animated special was made a long time ago. In 1965 it has great insight into the true meaning of Christmas and why the holidays matter so much. If you want to teach your kids that Christmas is about much more than just gifts. Show them how special the holidays can be when families gather together to pick a family holiday movie night. Settle in to watch some classic Christmas specials. In my family, we do this on Christmas Eve. Everyone gets a Christmas Eve present. They can unwrap which is Christmas pajamas, a mug, specialty hot chocolate, and popcorn. The kids take their baths and get into their PJs and I make hot chocolate. Popcorn and we all watch the holiday animated specials together. Then the kids have to go to bed so that Santa can stop by.