Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing our Favorite Holiday Movies and TV Specials.
We have a long list of “traditions” we try to get to every Christmas, like most American families. I use quotation marks because I realize something isn’t exactly a tradition if it doesn’t happen consistently, but the reality is that life is just busier each year and some things don’t happen annually. Still, the same list (or a larger one!) is made each year, and though it may look more like a “Christmas Bucket List” than a list of must-dos, we still cherish the memories made time and again doing some of our favorite Christmas activities.
All that said, there is one tradition that happens absolutely every year, without fail. For as long as I can remember from childhood and then seamlessly into my own children’s, we gather together to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas“. It’s timeless, poignant, and powerful. It’s just the right length no matter what age your children are. The Vince Guaraldi Trio soundtrack is flawless. Truthfully, it doesn’t need anything to make the night wonderful.
But sometimes, we just want things to be extraordinary right?! This year, we plan to put together a themed movie night and as I gathered ideas, I thought I’d share them with you! 🙂
Party Pinching has the most spectacular lineup of party snacks: Linus’ Lollipops, Lucy’s Licorice, Schroeder’s Snack Mix (with a really simple, really effective way to create chocolate music notes!), and of course, Peppermint Patty’s Peppermint Patties.
Piggy Bank Parties has an adorable snack mix – Snoopy’s Snack Mix, in fact – served in a dog bowl! 🙂
Totally the Bomb has put together the most perfect Charlie Brown Muddy Buddies. A chocolate zig zag, lemony, white chocolate covered Chex, and yellow M&Ms.
Thankfully, you may already have plenty of Christmas decorations up – and that can be more than enough for a simple movie night! If you want to take things a step further though, it’s so fortunate that almost anything can become Charlie Brown themed with just a little black zig zag! 🙂
Once again, Piggy Bank Parties has spectacular and easy-to-implement decor. Check out the use of comic strips for popcorn cones and garland!
Carrie Elle has some super cute, super easy treat bag printables inspired by Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
Dress up as your favorite character with these adorable photo booth props. You can purchase them here, or make some of your own!
If you’re throwing an actual party, Oriental Trading has some super cute decorations, craft kits, favors, and activities.
You’ll also need the official Charlie Brown tree. Obviously.
While you’re waiting to watch the movie, why not color in some of these free printable pages from Peanuts?
If the kids have a little steam to burn off, pick a character and learn their sweet moves from the quintessential dance party!
… and don’t forget to play the soundtrack in the background before and after you watch!
Finally, I’ve put together a Charlie Brown Christmas Trivia printable for you, so you can quiz your family and guests. It’s up to you whether you test their knowledge in advance, or ask after to see how well everyone watched! 🙂
I can’t wait until after our movie night to share pictures. I’d love to see yours, too!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Yellow | Favorite Holiday Movies + TV Specials Loop:
- 1st Stop – Sparks of Magic | Mickey’s Christmas Carol”
- 2nd Stop – The Delightful Life | YOU ARE HERE 🙂
- 3rd Stop – Love Our Disney | Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- 4th Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Elf