…if you’re feeling kinda naughty.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas,”…and the stress of it all is getting to you. You’re starting to feel like an angry South Pole elf.
Take it easy. Make life easy.
Thanks for reading my Santa’s “Nice List” films for children five and under.
If you have older children, play one of these “(Slightly) Naughty List” films for the more mature crowd. Instant family night! Instant entertainment!! Instant relief for you, Momma!!!
Slightly Naughty – Savage Stuff (Violence, Language, and/or Mature Topics)
Miracle on 34th Street (96 mins):* When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (Not Rated, 96% Tomatometer)
*Miracle didn’t quite make it on the Nice List due to the film’s darker topics (mental illness) and settings (mental institution, courtroom) It’s surely Nice List material!
Slightly Naughty – Sexy Stuff
Elf (95 mins): After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (PG, 83% Tomatometer**)
**How did this movie not get 💯?!?
Slightly Naughty – Scary Stuff
Gremlins (106 mins): Set during Christmastime, a boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (PG, 84% Tomatometer)
The Grinch (104 mins):*** On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (PG, 51% Tomatometer)
***My husband (then boyfriend) and I thought the animation was a tad creepy…okay…terrifying.
Slightly Naughty – Some or All of the Above
A Christmas Story (94 mins): In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (PG, 89% Tomatometer)
Home Alone (103 mins): An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (PG, 30% Tomatometer)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (120 mins): One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind. (PG, 30% Tomatometer)
- It’s a Wonderful Life (130 mins): An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (PG, N/A Tomatometer)
Synopses from IMDb
A Final Thought – From the Pillow
Don’t label yourself “bad mom” or “bad dad” just because your kids have a little too much screen time over the holidays. It’s okay.
So don’t feel naughty. You won’t get coal in your stocking, I promise. Reframe watching a movie (or two or twelve!) as a fun and festive family tradition.
What are your older kids’ favorite holiday movies?