It was always our special Friday night; pizza, popcorn and a movie was the agenda. We would happily follow my dad into the video rental store, the earlier the better, before the new releases were already claimed. The aisles between stacked VHS tapes became our playground, hide and seek always the favorite, until we were called to the counter. Our choices haphazardly stacked high until we dwindled it down to the one… okay, maybe two choices for the evening. Begging for candy at check out always happened, and sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. We’d be giddy over glasses of soda because that night meant we actually had glasses of soda. Sometimes there’d be a puzzle and more often than not, we’d fall asleep before the flick was even finished. I remember the excitement, the hyper whispers, and the clamoring to the comfiest spot on the couch before finally creating beds of pillows and blankets when the couch was full and claiming that was now the best spot.
And just last week I saw it all on replay. A virtual mirror in my kid’s own eyes of excitement, minus the VHS tapes and video rental store, of course.
It’s something I’ve wanted to do since we purchased our new home; start up our own movie night tradition, complete with popcorn and pizza, pajamas optional, but encouraged.
We pulled out the projector and the set up involved layering rugs, blankets and nearly every pillow we own. Comfort is definitely key here! Our inaugural movie night took on quite the jolly theme and along with a little drink and treat station to make family movie night a bit of a party.
All in all, it was a perfect night, and this movie night thing is destined to be replicated time and again.
We’ve got a few holiday classic movies that we’ll watch every Christmas season and make the perfect accompaniment to our holiday movie night! There are SO many to choose from for sure, and we watch more than this list… but every year, these are our top ten family Christmas movie classics.
Our top ten Christmas movies for family movie night:
Home Alone (1990)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Miracle on 34th St (1947) and the remake (1994)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
I’d love to hear any family-friendly shows and movies you all have been enjoying and what is your favorite holiday movie?!
These festive Christmas tree snack ideas for kids would be the perfect pairing, too!