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Our Favourite Christmas Books & Films for the Family

It's time to get out the Christmas favourites, snuggle up with a loved one and enjoy a few festive tales. We've compiled our favourite Christmas books for children, and the best kids' Christmas films

 

Christmas is a nostalgic time of year; one filled with traditions and family rituals. Whether you like to gather around the table at certain times or take in specific sights and sounds, we all have something that gets us in to the festive spirit.

This year we decided to look at the Christmas books and kids' Christmas films that make the holiday special for us. From classic tales of visiting spirits to modern stories of sibling rivalry, here are a few of our Christmas favourites.

We know some of us will be curled up with a cup of hot cocoa and a roaring fire, while others will be coming back from a day of sporting activities, exhausted and tucked into our warm beds. But nothing finishes the day off quite like a story or a film with the whole family.

The team at Tinies wishes you a very Merry Christmas! 

Christmas books for children and their parents

(Twas the) Night Before Christmas

By: Clement C Moore, written 1822

There are many versions and adaptations of this Christmas classic, and regardless of whether you've gone for a beautifully illustrated version or a pictorial board book that your child can chew, this story never fails to impress! Through its lyrical style, it brings to life the wonder, intrigue, and excitement of Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens, written 1843

It doesn't matter if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a first edition, or you're tucking into the pages of a recent replica: this story is timeless. With visitors from the past, present, and future, Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to take a hard look at himself and the life he leads in this reflective novel.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

By Janet and Allan Ahlberg, written 1983

This heart-warming tale brings all of our favourite fairy tale characters together as they spread the joy of Christmas in letters to each other. With each turn there is a new present to discover - from cards to games, there is something for everyone within these pages.

Hurry Santa

And other Christmas stories by Julie Sykes

Julie Sykes tells beautifully simple tales of Santa's Christmas adventures. Slipping on the ice and tip toeing from house to house, her loveable characters are brought to life in these colourful stories about the everyday muddles Santa finds himself in. 

A few kids' Christmas films we love

Home Alone

If you haven't already seen this slap stick comedy gem, it's an ultimate Christmas film. When Kevin is left behind over the Holidays, his smart thinking and clever plotting come into play as he tries to foil a pair of thieves. Great viewing for the whole family, this film topped our list!

Polar Express

For all those "Doubting Thomases" out there, this family-friendly film brings to life the spirit of Christmas.

Through new friends and adventures this young boy finds out that anything is possible when you believe.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets tell us their version of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey to the past, present and future in this adaptation of Dickens' classic. With their unique personalities and foibles, the Muppets never fail to delight!

Good fun for everyone!

The Snowman

While this film had a recent sequel, our team prefers the original. This (almost silent) film tells the story of a young boy who builds a Snowman on Christmas eve. Of course, the Snowman comes to life and the pair head off on a magical adventure to the North Pole. The imagery delights and, even without words, the story leaps off the page and right into your heart.

It's a Wonderful Life

Christmas just isn't Christmas without this film. Based on the prayers of those close to him, an angel takes a big-hearted man on the brink of disaster and shows him what life would be like if he didn't exist.

Fred Claus

Appealing to the big kid in all of us, Fred Claus tells the story of Santa's bitter - and slightly twisted - big brother. When asked for a favour, Santa offers to help if Fred sees him through the Christmas rush. This comedic take on sibling rivalry is made even funnier as the Efficiency Experts threaten to shut down the North Pole.

Elf

Ever felt like you just don't belong? That's precisely how Buddy feels when, raised by Elves at the North Pole, he embarks on a journey to find out his true identity in New York City. A quirky comedy, in grand Will Ferrell fashion.

Miracle on 34th Street

Regardless of whether you're watching the 1947 version or the more modern one, this story is fabulous. As a young girl struggles to believe in Santa Claus, her faith is renewed by a chance meeting with a department store stand in. This is brilliant viewing for the whole family - especially those who are just starting to doubt the magic of Christmas.

Scrooged

Dickens' story gets reworked yet again in this over-the-top depiction of a troubled millionaire who is visited by spirits past, present, and future. If you're looking for a funny take on a traditional tale, we recommend this one!

 

 

 
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