One of the best parts of the Christmas season is that kids absolutely love it. They try to contain themselves during the days before the holiday, but it’s always all over their faces. They ask questions over and over about Santa Claus and his elves, which is a perfect opportunity for you to weave in the real meaning of Christmas: giving, charity and loving one another.
To help pass that message along, here are some of our favorite Christmas-themed books and movies.
1. How to Catch Santa
Every kids dreams of staying up all Christmas night to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. This book teaches them all the tricks! This interactive book is full of beautiful images that all Santa Claus believers will love.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween Town native, Jack Skellington, accidentally finds his way to Christmas Town. He becomes overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit and decides to deliver the presents himself… by kidnapping Santa Claus. Jack gives out creepy Halloween gifts to the children of Christmas Town as he learns the meaning of this special holiday
3. The Polar Express
Do you believe in Santa? If so, you might hear the magical bells of the Polar Express, a mystical train that picks up children for a Christmas adventure on its way to the North Pole. There is a book and movie version of the same name.
4. Home Alone
This Christmas comedy classic should be watched every year. A young boy is stranded at home when his family departs on a holiday vacation. He’s forced to protect his house with sheer ingenuity and slapstick comedy from a pair of inept robbers.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This Dr. Suess classic is a must-read for all young children. The Grinch, a known Christmas scrooge, does nothing but complain about the holiday season. One year he attempts to rob everyone else of their Christmas until a little girl teaches him the true meaning of the season. It’s entertaining and has a strong, positive message for young minds.
6. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
If you’re like many families, you wait around for this movie to come on every year. There’s a book version as well. This classic Christmas tale tells the story of Rudolf who is sad because he’s different from the other reindeer. He needs the help of an elf (who also feels different) to learn the meaning of Christmas and how everyone is beautiful on the inside.
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Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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