Eliza is right on the cusp of “getting” Christmas this year – I think she definitely could, if we introduce and reinforce the concepts, but right now she has no clue about any of it. We also haven’t exactly landed on our holiday approach – I mean, which traditions we will try to have in place for our little family, versus what we grew up with, etc. I feel like we need to have that reasonably well figured out by next year, but that this year we still have a pass. This year, she’ll get it a little bit, the parts we make a big deal out of, but the whole anticipation and understanding and so forth will still be beyond her.
OK, there is a huge rabbit hole I can go down here, about which traditions we want to stick with, what we believe in, all of that, but I have a point here and that isn’t it.
I am excited about showing Eliza Christmassy movies, and reading her Christmassy books. There are tons of both, of course, and to help narrow down what I’d like to show her, I figure we can use them to reinforce the Christmas stuff we’re hoping she can understand this year: that Santa is going to come one night and bring some presents. That he flies around in a sleigh drawn by reindeer. Magic. That part.
I know, I KNOW that is just the materialist entitled privileged part. We will build on that, I swear! I will add in charity and maybe tell her about some religious stuff (we aren’t religious really, but that is obviously a huge thing for a lot of people) and add in holiday cheer and I swear, we will do all of that. (I am feeling a wee bit defensive about this, apparently? I got into some coffee earlier, I’m betting that’s why.) BUT this year we are just doing a little dose of Christmas magic.
SO HERE IS MY QUESTION: Can you recommend any Christmas movies (cartoons, preferably) or little kid books that focus on that part? The magic? Santa? That would be good for the toddler set. I have How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Frosty the Snowman, and I’m working on getting the claymation Rudolph movie (which, by the way, go read this, it is my favorite thing on the internet), but I’m wondering if there is a PERFECT movie or show for this purpose. Because my kid LOVES MOVIES OMG (cartoon ones at least).
And here is another question, for people who don’t care about that, or to make up for my little temper tantrum a few paragraphs ago: What are your favorite holiday/winter movies?
I personally have a major thing for Bing Crosby movies – The Bells of St. Mary’s, White Christmas, Holiday Inn. Except not the part where they do black face, omg. Also every year, as the holidays ramp up and Bing Crosby music reasserts itself in my daily life, I look him up on wikipedia and am devastated anew to learn that he was perhaps kind of a jackhole in real life. One should not be allowed to have twinkly eyes and a delightful affect if one is also a douchebag.
Also, I love It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Snowman. Walking in the Air is the song I think of when I think of Christmas.