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Top 5 family movies to binge during Christmas

The following movies are neutral and friendly for both grown ups and young ones with beautiful lessons to be learnt

In Summary

• There's a certain magic that comes with the festive season, movies are a great way to bond when you are all indoors.

• The following movies are neutral and friendly for both grown-ups and young ones.

The movie cover of Arthur Christmass
The movie cover of Arthur Christmass
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There's a certain magic that comes with the festive season, families coming together, choirs/ people singing Christmas carols in the streets, people are all jolly, in a sharing mood, and spreading kindness.

Movies are a great way to bond when you are all indoors.

It's thoughtful to have a selection of movies that can entertain both the young ones and adults as well.

Below is a detailed list of not only beautifully scripted but also incredibly acted Christmas movies with amazing life lessons with neutral storylines that don't restrict viewers no matter their religious beliefs and age

1) Arthur Christmas

Released in 2011 this animation/science fantasy comedy centres around Arthur, Santa's clumsy son who learns that due to a technical glitch a little girl's Christmas gift has been misplaced.

With the help of his grandfather (Grand Santa), they set out on a mission to deliver the present before it is too late.

The movie is full of heartwarming moments that remind us of the beauty and love that envelopes the holidays.

It doesn't have religious undertones and focuses mostly on Santa and his family.

It also tries to explain how Santa delivers gifts to all of the children across the globe and the workings that go behind each gift. It's an amazing family movie that'll have you all not only having aaww moments but hearty laughs as well 

2) Klaus

This 2019 film tries to tell the origin of Santa from a different angle, it's sweeter and more thoughtful than it truly needs to be, most definitely a fine holiday pick for the family.

The movie follows Jesper, a privileged young Postal employee who is punished by the Postmaster-General, with the most remote assignment possible: Smeerensburg, an island above the Arctic Circle.

The poster of the movie Klaus
The poster of the movie Klaus
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After Jesper accidentally delivers a child's letter to  Klaus, a reclusive carpenter, Klaus asks Jesper to deliver a toy back to the child. 

However, I'd give it a PG rating for kids eight years and above as it's a little rough in the beginning. The town featured has lots of feuding among some of the families. But all in all, it has an amazing message of kindness and spreading joy to friends and neighbours.

The snowy landscapes are gorgeously animated, swirling shades of white, blue, brown, and red while the characters are crisp and expressive.

3) The Nightmare Before Christmas

This is one of those movies that you can totally watch whenever with both the young ones and a mature audience and totally not get bored.

One of the many pleasures of the movie is that there is not a single recognizable landscape within it. It takes your imagination to a whole new world.

The movie poster of The nightmare before christmas
The movie poster of The nightmare before christmas
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It centres around, Jack Skellington from Halloween town who is trying to hijack Christmas but in a sorta haunting way.

Jack stumbles upon Christmas Town and is instantly enchanted by it, the situation escalates when his obsession leads him to abduct Santa Claus.

4) The Polar Express

This 2004 fantasy  Christmas musical follows a magical train that takes kids up to the North Pole to meet Santa.

The story, however, centres around a little boy  (who weirdly enough is never given a name throughout the movie) who on Christmas eve sees a mysterious train (the polar express) stop outside his bedroom window as he's awake trying to see if he can hear Santa's sleigh bless.

He is invited by the conductor to board.

The poster for The polar express movie
The poster for The polar express movie
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Along his journey, he meets extraordinary people who make his journey memorable. 

It's the sort of movie that creates a world of its own and doesn't bend to the cliche jolliness of Christmas movies, it has you on the hook with its sorta magical yet haunting captivity. 

5) How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This movie centres around Grinch a grumpy green-haired individual who lives at the top of a mountain (Mount Crumpet) and hates Christmas. 

This is a classic favourite family movie with a bunch of remakes.  

The poster for the movie, How the Grinch stole Christmas
The poster for the movie, How the Grinch stole Christmas
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The grinch and a little girl named Cindy Lou are the main characters of the movie.

Cindy ends up finding The Grinch's soft spot and sees the goodness buried deep within him. 

Not only does it have funny and uplifting moments, but it also has a warm happy ending.

It's a beautiful movie to bond over.

Let me know your favourites once you get to watch these top pics or if you've already watched them and what you loved most.

Happy holidays.

Edited by D Tarus