Ah…Christmas morning…you’re surrounded by family, probably still in your pajamas, wrapping paper is strewn about and breakfast has been devoured. Now what?
After the highlight of Christmas morning many people struggle with what to do for the rest of Christmas Day. You’re supposed to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones but what, exactly, should you fill that time with? We’ve got you covered!
For the classic movie fan Christmas is a magical time filled with more holiday films than one can consume and, often, Christmas Day is a chance for binge watching them! However, there’s not much interaction with others during that time so why not take it to the next level? Turner Classic Movies has a new book release called Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season by Jeremy Arnold. This book highlights a list of some of the best holiday films of all time and includes behind-the-scenes stories, commentary and photos. A perfect idea for Christmas Day would be to purchase the book along with a few of its movie suggestions in advance and, as a family, read through and discuss the sections pertaining to the titles you purchased for your family binge-watch session before watching each film! It’s a great way to have some more insight into the holiday movie you’ll all be watching and will give your family a sense of good, old-fashioned togetherness.
Speaking of togetherness…if you’ve got a group of classic movie lovers together on Christmas Day but you’re not feeling a holiday movie marathon how about some games? The holidays are, often, some of the only times in a year that families get together and play games. We’re fans of Scene It? The Turner Classic Movies Edition and highly recommend it for your family’s Christmas Day. While it still feels a bit old-school-board-game nostalgic it also includes the DVD game feature which should interest those who aren’t necessarily into traditional board games. It’s a fun, interactive option that will test you on classics from the easy titles like Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz to musicals including Singin’ in the Rain and even more modern epics like Doctor Zhivago.
If board games aren’t your family’s thing perhaps a more casual approach to classic movie trivia might be the ticket! The TCM Classic Movie Trivia book features “More Than 4,000 Questions to Test Your Trivia Smarts” and this is something your family can use on Christmas Day to just pass around and put each other’s classic film knowledge to the test! Questions range from the early Hollywood days to the 1960s and beyond and there’s such a variety, including questions on quotes, stars, genres, directors, behind-the-scenes facts and much more! The book also includes images and film stills for your family to pass around and enjoy.
In many families this year there will be little ones running around on Christmas Day and we’re big fans of starting them young in their love of classic films. Many classic movie fans can trace their love of these old greats back to their childhood and we need to make sure we’re investing time into today’s children to have that same appreciation. We’re going to need the next generations to have the same passions we do to preserve cinema history and share it with the world for years to come! So if you’re planning on having children around this Christmas Day and they’re a bit young for the trivia games or won’t sit still during a movie marathon be sure to have the new book release Movies Are Magic: A Kid’s History of the Moving Image From the Dawn of Time to About 1939 by Jennifer Churchill available! With an intro by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz this fun and informative journey through the history of film geared toward kids is such a unique concept and a great way to introduce them to the world of classic cinema! Better yet, spending time with them by reading it together on Christmas Day would make it an even more special experience!
If you’ve had enough togetherness for the day and you really just want to curl up and relax the TCM Classic Movie Crossword Puzzles is for you! There are 80 entertaining and challenging film-themed crossword puzzles interspersed with trivia to test the classic film fan’s knowledge so all you need is a cup of hot chocolate and a comfy chair and you’ve got your Christmas Day planned!
With Christmas Day being only five days away (we know, can you believe it?) we hope we gave you some great, last-minute ideas to incorporate into your holiday festivities this year to make time with your loved ones special, interactive and, most importantly, fun!