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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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              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

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              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              The result: no more mental stress.

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              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

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