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Christmas Box: Movie Nights

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” this song is heard throughout the house. The glow of candles and smell of baked goodies fill the air in our home and sets the mood to our Christmas celebrations.

Every year we strive to continue our traditions and add more family fun activities that focus on the of Christmas, our lord and savior Jesus Christ. I hope our holiday traditions and celebrations inspire you.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Go Make Memories!


There are many family fun activities to during the holidays. Check your local community newspapers and your city or county websites. We enjoyed or city’s annual tree lighting celebration. They had many performers on an outdoor stage by the waterfront. It is so nice to see families out in droves sitting on blankets enjoying each other. After the mayor, Rick Baker, lit the tree (which simultaneously lit surrounding light displays all around North Straub water front park we headed over to view an outdoor holiday movie. We thought it was going to be “Miracle on 34th Street” but it turned out to be “The Shop Around the Corner ” We had never seen this movie. It was awesome! We all enjoyed it. It was freezing cold. Luckily, mom was prepared with fleece blankets, popcorn, and hot cocoa. Oh, what a wonderful night we had. Even Flat Stanley got in on the fun too. We introduced him to the mayor and had our picture taken by the tree. Mayor Rick Baker is almost as tall as the tree! It was nice to see him there with his family too. Every Friday and Saturday local merchants and the city of St Petersburg are sponsoring outdoor holiday movies, FREE!

See info below:

Sunscreen Film Festival 2009 Holiday Outdoor Film Series in the Park presents
North Straub Park, Beach Drive and Third St., 7 p.m. Enjoy a different holiday classic beneath the stars on the downtown waterfront every Friday and Saturday during the holiday season. Sponsored by the Merchants of 400 Beach Drive, Progress Energy and City of St.Petersburg.

o Dec. 4 – Polar Express
o Dec. 5 – White Christmas
o Dec. 11 – Prancer
o Dec. 12 – A Christmas Story
o Dec. 18 – Miracle on 34th Street
o Dec. 19 – It’s a Wonderful Life

We have a family tradition we started last year called the Christmas Box. Every few days my husband and I put out a wrapped box with special items inside for a family fun activity or outing. A family favorite is a movie night. We buy a new holiday movie to add to our growing collection or we rent one. We put the dvd in the box along with popcorn, holiday cookies, wassail or hot cocoa, which are a must for your holiday viewing pleasure. Those big holiday popcorn variety tins will make a spontaneous movie night even easier. If you have a portable movie projector light a fire out back and enjoy the cool weather by snuggling up with you hubby and kids under a blanket. Invite friends over and to share in the fun too.popcorn and any other treats we fancy. The kids are always excited to see what fun surprise awaits them inside the Christmas Box. Makes me feel a little like Santa! 

Here is a list of our family favorite holiday movies and some we plan on seeing this holiday season:




December 5, 2009 - Posted by | Family Fun, Holidays, Once Upon A Family


  1. AWESOME movie list! I had most of them on mine for this holiday season, but you reminded me of a couple I had totally forgotten. Listen, let me share a new one with you that I recently ran across that came out last month on DVD – Homeless for the Holidays. To break up the monotony of the classics, this is an awesome family film that relates to all of us today. Nearly losing it all, an executive must take a job at a burger joint to help his family survive near the holiday season. Definitely worth checking out & great for a family movie night as well. Just wanted to pass along!

    Comment by Michele | October 19, 2010 | Reply

    • I will add it to my list. Thanks for stopping by. Have fun making memories!

      Comment by gforceacademy | January 29, 2011 | Reply

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