It’s just a few days until Christmas 2023, and families all across the world are settling in to watch some holiday flicks together.
However, given widespread concern that the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid film might ruin the Christmas spirit for young children, parents may be hesitant of whatever films they show their children.
While the great majority of children’s Christmas films embrace the enchantment of the season, there are a few you should avoid.
There are also dozens of other excellent Christmas films to enjoy with the whole family on Disney Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
But if you want your kids to hang on to Santa a bit longer, keep reading.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever
Wimpy Kid’s Diary Christmas: Cabin Fever generated a big outcry from parents who claimed that the new film breaks the Santa mystique, with schools even telling guardians that it ruins the mystery.
The narrative of Cabin Fever follows Greg, who is worried about buying the latest gaming console after getting caught in the snow with his family on his winter holiday.
He then discovers his prized possession in the cabinet days before Christmas, but his parents keep promising him that if he’s good, ‘Santa’ would deliver it to him.
Currently available on Disney Plus.
A lesser-known Christmas video that utterly ruins Santa and leaves no opportunity for you to reason yourself out of difficult questions.
Unaccompanied Minors, which was released in theatres in December 2006, depicts the story of Spencer and Katherine, who are snowed in at an airport on Christmas Eve while on their way to spend the holiday with their father.
Spencer is concerned that his sister may lose faith in Santa if she does not receive a present the next morning, so he sets out to locate one, and when he succeeds, she wakes up with a gift ‘from Santa.’
It’s not subtle at all, and it’s presently available on Amazon Prime.
The Christmas Chronicles
The Christmas Chronicles depicts a brother and sister struggling after their father’s death, and Teddy, the older brother, no longer believes in Santa.
At one point, he starts telling his little sister that there is no such thing as Santa – and while he pauses, it is very clear what he is about to say.
In this film, however, Santa proves to be genuine, and the siblings embark on an adventure with him… However, the idea may raise some eyebrows.
Currently available on Netflix.
A Very Goofy Christmas
This Christmas story is for very young children, but it begins with a serious debate over whether or not Santa is real.
A neighbour mocks Goofy’s kid Max for believing in Santa and tells him straight out that he isn’t real. While Goofy attempts to persuade him, Max struggles with the concept throughout the film.
While Santa does emerge at the end, the first narrative is particularly appealing to young ears.
A Very Goofy Christmas is accessible on YouTube.
Parents that are nostalgic may want to show their children the 1984 Christmas classic Gremlins.
They may forget, however, that the character Kate shares a tragic account of how she discovered Santa wasn’t real: her father becoming trapped in the chimney and dying after pretending to be Santa to surprise his family.
While only rated PG in the United States, Gremlins is classified 12A in the United Kingdom, which means children under the age of 12 should be supervised by an adult while watching.
Gremlins is available to watch on Sky and to rent or purchase on Apple, Google Play, Amazon, and other platforms.
Many of us recall getting a sinking sensation as youngsters while reading Judy Blume’s Superfudge novel, which discusses the reality that Santa isn’t real.
10-year-old Peter does not believe his three-year-old brother should be ‘lied’ to about Santa, with his mother telling him Santa is ‘only a concept’ – Peter also tells readers how he spotted his parents hiding gifts beneath the tree on Christmas Eve.
We’ll have to keep an eye on things now, since a film based on the famous novel is on the horizon, and it’ll be available on Disney Plus.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the creators behind Avengers: Endgame, will produce the animated picture.
While there are no information on whether the infamous chapter will appear in the upcoming film, it is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
Source My Celebrity Life.