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Classic Holiday Traditions – Home Alone (Movie)

A Parent’s Perspective on Home Alone

If your children are growing up, finding Christmas Movies that you can watch as a family, yet are still entertaining, can certainly be a challenge. Children that are around the age of seven or older begin to bore of traditional Christmas classic, such as “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or even “The Grinch who Stole Christmas.” But luckily, there is a great holiday classic that the whole family can enjoy together. “Home Alone” is one of the top Christmas movies, especially for older children.”Home Alone” is a movie that revolves around Kevin McCallister, a character played by Macaulay Culkin. Kevin is a mischievous eight years old boy, that most children can identify with. He comes from a large family and just wants someone to pay attention to him. When things do not go his way, he ends up causing a ruckus and eventually winds up getting sent to sleep on his own up in the attic. He wishes that his family would just disappear forever, something that all children have felt at one time or another.
In the morning, his family is leaving for an out of country trip. Their alarms do not go off and they awaken and leave the house in a hurry because they have a flight to catch. In all of the commotion, they completely forget about Kevin, who as you recall, is sleeping alone in the attic. He awakens to find his family gone and instantly thinks that his wish of making them all disappear has come true. What ensues next is pure hilarity. Kevin does what most children would do if their parents disappeared. He eats loads of junk food, he jumps on the bed, he opens hidden Christmas presents and he even goes through his brother’s room.
As the film progresses, the plot begins to thicken. His family discovers Kevin was forgotten at home, and quickly attempt to make it back to check on him. However, since they are already in a different country and it is the holiday time, getting a flight is not easy. In the meantime, two robbers are going around robbing the houses of families that are away for Christmas. The robbers try to rob the house, but Kevin quickly scares them away. Eventually, they figure out that he is home alone and they make a plan to rob the home, regardless of whether Kevin is in the home or not. However, Kevin has a different plan in mind. He booby-traps the home with a serious of tricks that are sure to make any child laugh hysterically.
The film ends with Kevin lonely and missing his family. He makes a wish that his family could come home for Christmas. And then, lo and behold, his family magically makes their way back home, right on Christmas morning.
This moving is entertaining the whole way through, but ends with a feel-good moment that all families can appreciate. Because of this, I rank this as one of the best Christmas movies for families. “Home Alone” is one of the top Christmas movies, so if you have not seen it yet, or your children have not, make sure to grab a copy and watch it this holiday season. It will be a hit with your older children and a fun time will be had by all.

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