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Classic Christmas Movies to Enjoy With Your Kids

Classic Christmas Movies to Enjoy With Your Kids

Having a hard time deciding what to do to keep the Christmas spirit alive in the weeks before Christmas Eve and Christmas day? Here are some quick ideas: caroling, reading Christmas stories, baking Christmas goodies, delivering Christmas cookies, writing cards, throwing parties and participating in other Christmas traditions and parties. Along with all of those fun Christmas activities, you and your family can schedule when you are going to watch all of your favorite classic Christmas movies.

Scheduling something like watching Christmas movies sounds funny at first, but just stop to think for a minute. When you think about all of the things you have to do during the month of December, your schedule is starting to look pretty full isn’t it? If you want to fit all of the classics and all of your favorite Christmas movies in and watch them before Christmas day then you need to schedule them in and find time for them.

Wondering what movies you want to enjoy with your kids this Christmas season? Here is a list of some of the classic Christmas stories as well as a short description of each so that you can better decide what movies you and your family will watch this Christmas:

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It’s A Wonderful Life

It's a wonderful life

    This movie is a black and white (also in color) classic starring Jimmy Stewart as a frustrated businessman who never got out of his hometown when his dream was to travel the world. As life gets harder, he considers ending his life when his guardian angel, Clarence, shows him what life would be like if he had never been born. A good movie for emphasizing what is really important in life and being grateful for the things you have.

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

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    a-charlie-brown-christmas

      This Christmas movie follows little Charlie Brown as he is first depressed by the materialism and the commercialism that comes with Christmas. He’s then uplifted when he directs the school pageant and finally he finds a small little fir-tree to use as the Christmas tree and he learns about the spiritual and giving spirit that comes with Christmas.

      Home Alone

      home-alone

        This movie is a hilarious comedy, following the story of a young boy who is accidentally left home alone for Christmas while the rest of his family heads to Paris. This boy, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself dealing with two burglars who are determined to get into his house. Kevin sets trap after trap that sends the burglars flying and makes any audience laugh.

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        Original Christmas Classics

        FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

          This includes classics like; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy and more. Share your old favorites with your children now.

          The Polar Express

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          the polar express

            This is a new movie but it is already becoming a classic must watch for Christmas time. The Polar Express is the story of a young boy as he takes a train to the North Pole and receives a special gift from Santa.

            How the Grinch Stole Christmas

            How the Grinch Stole Christmas

              The animated 1966 version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a short but classic Christmas movie that children and families of all ages will enjoy.

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              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

              Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

              1. Exercise Daily

              It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

              If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

              Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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              2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

              Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

              One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

              This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

              3. Acknowledge Your Limits

              Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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              Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

              Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

              4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

              Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

              The basic nutritional advice includes:

              • Eat unprocessed foods
              • Eat more veggies
              • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
              • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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              Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                5. Watch Out for Travel

                Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                6. Start Slow

                Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                Final Thoughts

                Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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