Now that I've told you our favorite books of 2015, I'm here to tell you our favorite family movies of the year. Sunday nights is our Family Night, and every other week we watch a movie together. (The weeks we aren't watching a movie, we're having game night.)
Finding a movie that all of us will enjoy is a bit tricky. Fortunately, our kids have watched very little when it comes to movies, so over the course of the last few years, we've been able to catch everyone up on some of the animated movies they didn't see when they were new to everyone else. This approach proved really handy for us, because we had a plethora of movies that were age-appropriate for our younger kids, but still new to our older kids.
But now that we've covered any of those we care to see (my kids really liked Toy Story 3) and have already watched episodes of Little House on the Prairie, and covered our favorite musicals (Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, all viewed numerous times), movies I loved as a child (The Parent Trap, anyone?), books-we-had-read-that-were-made-into-a-movie (From Charlotte's Web to Heidi to Where the Red Fern Grows to Pollyanna and everything in between), things were a little sketchy for awhile.
What else is there that is age-appropriate? Our kids range in ages from 6 to 14, girls and boys, and not everyone wants to watch animated movies all the time (least of all me. I really really really don't like animated movies).
So. Here are a few we discovered:
Man From Snowy River: While there is some swearing (thankfully my kids aren't super familiar with swear words so most of that goes right on over their heads), some brawls between the hands on the ranch, and a tense father-daughter relationship, the scenes are beautiful (it's filmed in Australia), and the story is winsome: a young man whose father has just died goes to work on the ranch to save money so that he can keep his father's land. He is hard-working and honest, and of course he falls in love with the rancher's daughter.
Narnia: We have read through the books twice, now. And while our older two (14 & 12) have watched this, our younger three had not. Our littlest (6) did cover her eyes a few times and we fast-forwarded one scary scene (our older kids are very diligent at alerting us, "There's a scary part coming up!") But overall this is a good adaptation of the book. Lucy is my favorite.
We also watched The Nativity Story in December and really enjoyed it. I think it will become a December tradition.
Aaaaand.... now it's YOUR turn! What are some movies you would recommend for family viewing?
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