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Good Housekeeping has put out a list of the 35 best Christmas movies for kids (of all ages). Not too many surprises but I was happy to see that it included the 1968 Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated television special, Little Drummer Boy. Actually had a bit of a dark edge to it and scared the daylights out of me when I was a little kid (still cover my eyes when Baba the lamb gets run over by the chariot), but I enjoyed it none the less and still do today. They don’t play it as regularly as Rudolph and Charlie Brown Christmas but you can still catch it on TV. I bought the DVD years ago. I’ve included the list, but you can read the full article and movie descriptions at: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g23303771/christmas-movies-for-kids/

Holiday Inn (1942)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

White Christmas (1954)

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

The Snowman (1982)

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

A Christmas Story (1983)

Gremlins (1984)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (1986)

Prancer (1989)

Home Alone (1990)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Santa Clause (1994)

Jingle All the Way (1996)

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

Elf (2003)

The Polar Express (2004)

A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa (2008)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

The Prep & Landing Series (2009)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

The Snowy Day (2016)

All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)

Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)


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while there are some good ones on this list - I do not believe it is accurate

       the first glaring problem - they include Arthur and Olaf - but where is Ernest Saves Christmas ???

clearly this list was compiled with biased polling

               I must protest !  


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Felix Estridge

And that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is not on that list is another glaring piece of evidence that they have no clue.

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I looked at the article, then the author, and also some of the other articles such as best Children's movies of 2019. 

Reviewing that information, I know how much value that I will place on her opinion.

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19 hours ago, Felix Estridge said:

And that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is not on that list is another glaring piece of evidence that they have no clue.

I have to agree that the absence of Ernest P. Worrell and Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr. is a glaring omission. 

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I like Gremlins but for children?  It's pretty rough at times.  I always thought of it as a movie set during the Christmas season rather than a Christmas movie.  Like Die Hard. 

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I just watched Santa and Pete with James Earl Jones. This was a great little movie and time well spent. Very deserving for this list. 

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