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Holiday Movies that Teach: Life Lessons from the Classics

Without even realizing it, holiday classics can teach us valuable lessons about living better and enjoying more happiness throughout the year. It’s like a priceless gift from Tinseltown.

Here are important lessons from some old holiday favorites and some less popular works that contain value:


It’s a Wonderful Life:

Realize that a single person can make a difference – While being surrounded by challenges sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, we all create our own environment. George Bailey lives a modest life but he prevents good old Bedford Falls from turning into a sleazy Pottersville.

Honor the potential to create improved outcomes – With all the talk about toxic people, we tend to overlook the fact that we all possess a mix of constructive and destructive traits. By appealing to the good in others, George helps them to succeed in all walks of life.

Accept help from others – As powerful as George is, he still needs the help of Clarence, the angel, to see him through a rough night. Regardless of how powerful you are, you can still benefit from the help of another with a willing hand.


A Christmas Carol:

You can teach an old dog new tricks – Many of us tend to feel that our old habits are just too deeply-rooted to change. Scrooge proves that a life of stinginess can give way to one of kindness even late in life.

Pay attention to your dreams – As human beings we spend one-third of our life sleeping. Utilize the time spent by listening to what your dreams may be trying to tell you.

Learn from your past – Recognize the unhealthy patterns that have come between you and greater happiness. Scrooge’s greed cost him his first love. You may need to become more generous or considerate to transform your own relationships.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

Sing blissfully – Before he had a change of heart, singing was what the Grinch disliked most. Surround yourself with the music of the season and sing along.

Resist commercial pressures – The Grinch learned that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Concentrate on the true meaning of the holidays by sharing time with loved ones and looking for ways to put a smile on the face of others.

Let your heart grow – The Grinch suffered from a heart that was two sizes too small. But once it grew to be three sizes larger he returned the toys he stole, made everything right and got to love his new friends in Whoville.


Many of us look forward to watching our holiday favorites each year. It’s a great way to revisit their inspiring messages and share them with our children.



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  • I got 2 out of your ten: “love actually” and “how the Grinch stole Christmas”.My ovimes are: love actually, how the grinch stole christmas, home alone (the original one), this christmas, nothing like the holidays, white christmas and the holiday. i probably have more, but those are the ones i could think of on the spot….oh, oh, oh…Frosty The Snowman!

    • Lal

      i do like all the ones mentioned here as well maybe i’m a bigegr kid at heart, but i really like the old-time cartoon ones.. i.e. frosty, the grinch {the cartoon one} rudolph, baby new year (one of my all-time favs), and so on i cannot choose the best one because i love them all!!!!! lol but, , jim carrey did play the most awesome grinch ever!!!! , the movie u are speaking of is called A Christmas Story and it is an all-time classic and has always been in my top 3 favs!!!!