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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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              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

              The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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              Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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              Review Your Past Flow

              Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

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              Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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              Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

              Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

              We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

              Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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