12
Dec

Best Christmas TV Show Guide

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Christmas Television Shows - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Best Christmas TV Variety 2018

The best Christmas TV shows are a great time for family time. There are multiple opportunities to get together, share, and talk about family values and learn some valuable life lessons while watching them.  There are many options to choose from: Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas, ABC, NBC, Disney Channel, Hallmark channel's Countdown to Christmas, AMC, Lifetime & even Netflix has stunning Christmas original programming!  With so many options, where do you start?  Which are age appropriate?  Moreover, Common Sense Media does great review that includes their recommendations for age appropriate viewing.  Therefore, I've included those links for many of the best Christmas TV shows and movies below.  Here's my guide!       

Netflix

The Christmas Chronicles

Netflix

Netflix

I'm going to start by telling you our first watched Christmas TV show for 2018.  I happened to see Netflix had a new Christmas show called The Christmas Chronicles starring a very entertaining Kurt Russel as Santa Claus.  I figured we'd take a chance with something new.   Plus it was an older brother & younger sister story.  Frankly, this was right up our alley as that is exactly our household sibling dynamic.  We LOVED it!  Why?  For instance, Santa rocks in the jailhouse while he has the brother-sister duo help save the very Christmas that they accidentally set on a course to be the Christmas that might not happen!  These siblings helping Santa while coming to some personal revelations about growing up & making us laugh along the way. 

Angela's Christmas

Then, there's Angela's Christmas.  It's a tear jerker about the family, loss, poverty & the chaos created when a little girl tries to warm the Baby Jesus, taking it from the church.  She had good intentions, but things go awry.  Above all, her family is there to help and support her.  My little girl really loved this one.  That is to say, she connected with special little Angela's her big heart and fierce determined personality.  

Other Netflix Christmas TV Originals

Likewise, some other entertaining Netflix originals include The Princess Switch and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.  

Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

Above all, Freeform has the best Christmas TV show schedule that is includes Christmas movies too!  I really like that there is a great variety of non-Christmas shows & movies.  They are shown on the Freeform Channel, ABC & the Disney Channel.  What programming do they offer?  Here's a sampling with some of our family's favorites!  On December 11, 2018 they are showing Mickey's Once Upon a ChristmasMickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, & Disney's A Christmas Carol.  On December 12, 2018, there are some repeats & a few different options such as Call Me Claus, Deck the Halls & The Santa Clause.  To sum it up, their schedule is great with a lot of variety aside from the Holidays, such as Disney's Finding Nemo, Brave & Tangled.  The whole family has an opportunity to pick a couple of favorites.  

ABC

Elsa & Anna, Best Christmas movie, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Christmas TV show

Elsa & Anna

ABC has their Christmas TV show  schedule that includes some very special kid shows that are great to re-watch.  Here's a sampling are some of my family's favorites!  On December 19, 2018, the Disney geek in me is happy to see Olaf's Frozen Adventure!  There will also be Dreamworks' Shrek the Halls.  On December 20, 2018 there will be the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.  On December 23, 2018, they will air Disney's Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice.  To sum it up, I  can't resist those two elves.  One is funny & anxiety ridden & the other a bit of a daredevil in my opinion!                                                                          

NBC

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It's a Wonderful Life

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is another absolute best Christmas TV show that NBC is scheduled to air on Christmas Day! To be honest, we own the cartoon original & the movie.  As a child, I was scared of the Grinch.  Then, my son came along.  As a result, I love the Grinch now.  Therefore, we plan to go see The Grinch movie soon too!  On December 24, 2018, NBC will also air It's a Wonderful Life.  This is the best Christmas show in Black & White.  And it never gets old!  It teaches so much about life, love, struggle, self-worth, self belief, community & that one person really makes a HUGE difference in so many unknown ways.  I grew up watching this one.  

Tampa Theatre

Ultimately, this year we're going to watch It's a Wonderful Life at the Tampa Theatre with showtimes are from Friday, December 14th through Thursday December 20th.  The Tampa Theatre is a wonderful experience is known as Tampa's Non-Profit Movie Palace & a National Historical Landmark.  My kids haven't been there yet, so this will be an extra special magical treat.   

AMC

Elf, Christmas movie, family time

Elf

This year, AMC has achieved a great trifecta!  They are exclusively showing ElfNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, & The Polar Express.  My family favorite filled with the magical ride to the North Pole is definitely The Polar ExpressElf is one of the best Christmas TV movie comedies that makes me laugh and laugh!  AMC has a Christmas movie lineup of over 40 movies sure to satisfy the Christmas movie fan!                                                                                                                                                    

Hallmark & Lifetime Original Movies

Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas lineup does not disappoint either!  They have a Christmas movie lineup of 22 new original movies!  Lifetime's Christmas movie lineup has 14 new original movies!   While I wouldn't call these the best Christmas TV shows, I would say they have some ice entertainment value.  In addition, they are family friendly which is a plus!

The Original Christmas Specials

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Three of the best Christmas TV shows are Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerSanta Claus Is Comin' To Town (on Freeform Christmas lineup) & Frosty the Snowman.  A classic, Rudolph is the longest running Holiday special in TV history, broadcasting for 54 years!  I loved these every year since I was a little girl.  It was always special because I didn't get a chance to spend much time with my dad since he worked nights.  Christmas movies with my dad will never be forgotten!  They give my inner child a special warmth and a lifetime memories.      

FX

Christmas movie, Rise of the Guardians

Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians is another one of the best Christmas TV movies.  However, it seems the FX channel is the only one playing it.  Magic is in the air when Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth FAiry, the Sandman and Santa Claus need to save the world from Pitch Black, the Boogeyman, who is the nightmare maker.  Will the children still believe?  There are scary parts for the little ones.  Consider this before allowing to children to watch.  However, at the coreof the movie is Jack's search for his center  Santa's is his sense of wonder.  While watch, it made each of us think, 'What's my center?'

Family Time

In conclusion, what matters most about Christmas TV shows & movies is not just their content or quality.  Most importantly, too much TV is not a good thing.  Certainly, a few good shows is all it takes to have some memories & some good times.  The family time is the best part!  We have movie nights with popcorn, blankets, and all lights off, except for the Christmas tree. How do you create Christmas TV & movie memories?  Do you still believe?  While you're at it ... What's your center?  Please share it with yourself, your loved ones, and here as well.

15
Jun

Fun Affirmation

I nurture the child in me.  I choose to have fun.  I play.  I live happily.

Fun Affirmation

Fun Affirmation:

I nurture the child in me.

I choose to have fun.

I play.

I live happily.

 

There is more information on Children & Affirmations on this website.

There are other Daily Affirmations available as well.

2
Aug

Fun Affirmation

Fun Affirmation

Fun Affirmation

13
Nov

Alvin & the Chipmunks | Simple Fun

I'm enjoying this movie on DVD with my son.  It's an oldie and a goodie. Testing mobile blogging at the same time. I snapped a picture of Alvin taking a shower in Dave's dish washer.  Note: Alvin was waiting for the rinse cycle when Dave unexpectedly opened the door. 

My son imitates the Chipmunk voices really, really well.  Such simple fun. It's great to laugh!

2
Dec

Thanks After Thanksgiving

What was I thankful for this Thanksgiving?
This Thanksgiving was a rare chance to spend time with my husband's entire family.  Everyone's lives are so busy, it's almost impossible to get everyone in the same place for a day.  An extra special treat this Thanksgiving was the time I spent with my infant nephew on his first Thanksgiving.  It's so exciting to see him standing up!  It's a wonderful gift to be able to see a child developing from month to month, but an even more special gift to see it in your own family.

Next, was the pure love that my other nephew and my son have for each other.  "Fumble"  and "Boing"  were the main games.  These were created on the fly.  What fun to watch!

Lastly, we had a chance to spend some one-on-one time with my brother-in-law, sharing a home cooked meal; it was simple and nice.  The sweetest part of the evening was that he saved two Christmas specials for my son to see. And watching him and my son bond even more than before ... priceless!
There were many moments with each family member.  Too numerous to mention.  Brief snapshots fill my memories.  Yes, I am thankful for so much.  We often take for granted the simple blessing of spending quality time with each other.
Oh & yes ... my mother-in-law made a killer turkey with all the trimmings!  Left-overs were awesome.
What were you thankful for?  What about the kids?  Did you ask them?  It's never to late to look back and give thanks.  As for me, this Thanksgiving, I was thankful for good food, family, love, and memories.
4
Sep

Labor Day Fun: Staycation!

The Labor Day Weekend is here. Fun is on the horizon. But how? You used to vacation on this long holiday weekend, but now you can’t. Maybe it’s because of the economy; times are tough. Or maybe travel isn’t as fun as it used to be. Or the idea of going through another search at the airport is not appealing to you, especially with kids and all their gear in tow. Maybe you’re simply tired and just don’t want to pack or travel.  So, how can you still have fun, locally, happily, and on a budget? Staycation!

Everyone is being affected. So what can you do with your family that won’t cost much & will still allow you to enjoy? Enjoy the local fun. You can make it special.  Most of us are so busy day to day that we don’t ever seem to enjoy what’s in our very own backyard.

Some helpful hints for how to handle your Staycation:
Plan each day:
Without a plan, you will not have any fun, as your household chores and other life obligations will take a priority. This could leave you and your family feeling stressed instead of gaining the needed rest.

Don’t over plan:
Leave a day open “to do nothing”. Over-planning each day can lead to overload.

Meet a few obligations:
Set aside specific times for chores, banishing them at all other times. After all, you wouldn’t be able to clean house or garage if you were away, would you?

Schedule some alone time:
It can be a simple pizza night with a movie rental and a glass of wine. Or get a babysitter for just two hours. Whether you are a single parent or a couple, you can enjoy two (2) hours of “me” time. Then, you’ll return a happier parent. Life is what you make of it. Many times, we forget enjoy the simple things.

Some low budget ways to have fun
Ride bike trails, use public parks, play in your own backyard:
The family will remember the good times when you played with a frisbee, football, hula-hoops, badminton, and water slides or sprinklers.  Maybe you can even do a treasure hunt!

Scrapbooking, arts & crafts, other hobbies, and board games:
The kids will love this family time.  Kids love pictures of themselves.  You can do all sorts of activities with this.  Be creative!

BBQ Party with just a few friends:
Keep it simple so you can enjoy. If you make it big, you’ll be knee deep into clean up, asking yourself, ‘What was I thinking?’

Other possible affordable fun activities
Beach
Zoo
Museum
Aquarium
Movies – Consider a matinee.
Local amusement park

Keep in mind that this is a lot cheaper than a traditional vacation in which your expenses can include flights, hotel, car rentals, gas, and dining. It also saves you a lot of time and stress, as you won’t be packing or planning for the getting away. After all, if you plan it right, you can have fun and get away right in your own back yard.

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the special rare treat of extra time with your love ones. After all, it’s about spending quality time with your family and loved ones.  In the end, it’s the only thing that matters.

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