If one of your family’s favorite holiday traditions is getting together for a day or night of holiday-themed movies, consider films your senior loved one and his or her grandchildren can enjoy together. Prescott at-home care experts suggest trying something off of this list of holiday movies sure to be appreciated by those of any age.
A Christmas Story
A classic favorite, this movie tells the story of 9-year-old Ralphie, a boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas but has trouble convincing the adults around him it’s a good idea. They all continually tell him he’ll shoot his eye out with the gun. Seniors will enjoy the irony when Ralphie gets his gun and a BB ricochets back and breaks his glasses. Had he not been wearing them, the predictions would have come true. In addition to showing adults have a little more credibility than younger people seem to think, there are many fun family dynamics and humor in this movie seniors will enjoy. The young protagonist will also appeal to grandchildren and the warmhearted ending will please everyone.
If you’re looking for another excellent comedy with true Christmas spirit, you’ll want to put this movie on the list. Buddy is a human adopted and raised by elves who goes to New York City to find his biological father. As it turns out, Buddy’s father is a crotchety businessman who has no time for Christmas, something Buddy is determined to change. Seniors will enjoy this Christmas comedy for its driven emotions, believable family issues, and happy ending, and will also appreciate watching it with younger members of the family.
Miracle on 34th Street
Whether your loved one watches one of the newer remakes or the original, this is an excellent Christmas classic. When the real Santa Claus, going by Kris Kringle, takes over as Santa at Macy’s, he spreads Christmas cheer, honesty, and kindness to every child he encounters. He helps a little girl named Susan get her biggest wish and also helps her skeptical and disenchanted mother accept the magic of Christmas and kindhearted people once again. The original movie not only stars Maureen O’Hara, a favorite actress of many seniors, but also is full of the emotions the holidays are supposed to be about. Seniors will enjoy showing their grandchildren how Kris Kringle manages to impact life and make it better for so many people simply by being kind, generous, and honest.
The Santa Clause
Scott Calvin, a man who has just gone through a messy divorce and acquired partial custody of his son Charlie, startles Santa Claus off his roof. He then becomes subject to something known as The Santa Clause, which means he will become the new Santa, like it or not. Initially, Scott does everything he can to avoid the changes, even after a trip to the North Pole, but as the next Christmas approaches he starts thinking less like his former savvy businessman self and more like Santa. Scott soon remembers the true meaning of Christmas, family, and holiday magic. However, persuading his wife and her new husband he’s both really Santa and mentally competent enough to keep joint custody of Charlie is not as easy as he expected. Seniors will likely enjoy a film that merits the importance of remembering what is truly meaningful about Christmas, including loving others and a willingness to believe in things one doesn’t always understand. Grandchildren will also enjoy the character of Charlie, who is smart and loveable and supports and encourages his dad through his transformation into Santa.
There is sure to be a movie on this list your loved one can watch with his or her grandchildren for a wonderful bonding experience. If you’re concerned your loved one isn’t getting enough social stimulation or companionship during the holiday season, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist around the house, transport your loved one to personal events, and provide company whenever it is needed. For seniors who need more comprehensive care, we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Prescott. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.