5 best Christmas movies for kids 5 and under

…if you’re feeling nice.

“‘Twas the night before Christmas,”…and you still have gifts to wrap, laundry to fold, and a house to clean. How do you make sure “…all through the house, / Not a creature [is] stirring, not even a mouse;” for an hour or even for a few precious minutes?

Gift yourself with some “quiet time” and play one of these Santa’s “Nice List” Christmas movies. These five flicks are especially good for the five and under crowd.

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Depending on your child’s favorite friend you can find a movie or program featuring the cherished character. Barbie, Barney, Curious George (Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas, 58 mins), Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse and the gang (Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, 65 mins; Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, 67 mins; Snowed in at The House of Mouse, 65 mins), the Wiggles, etc. – they’re all on Santa’s Nice List!

I think many of the kids and family movies suggested on streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix are a bit “too old” or “too scary” for your Cindy Lou-Who’s eyes and ears. To fix the problem, I built a short list of what I call “‘Santa’s Nice List’ movies for kids five and under” in my lil’ Stay-in-Bed Mom workshop. I hope you and your littles enjoy.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (25 mins): Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (G, N/A Tomatometer)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 mins): A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (Not Rated, N/A Tomatometer)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (85 mins): The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. (G, 74% Tomatometer)

The Polar Express (100 mins): On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (G, 56% Tomatometer)

The Original Christmas Classics:  This cheery compilation features seven Christmas originals: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth.

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Synopses from IMDb

A Final Thought – From the Pillow

Mamma, get in your “‘kerchief” and wrap those presents or – better yet – settle your brain “for a long winter’s nap.”

So save those worries about screen time until next year.

What are your children’s favorite holiday movies, ones they enjoy watching again and again?

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