How about a little throwback? While watching White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life are at the top of my list during this time of year, my tweens and teens aren’t always willing to sit down with me and watch the classic black-and-whites. So, I’ve come up with a short-list of Christmas movies for teenagers that should help all of us encourage family time.

[The first two are laced with profanities, suggestive language, and violence. Use your discretion in sharing these movies with your teenagers.]

Scrooged (1988): A selfish and cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Share a bit of history with your cynical teen. How great is Bill Murray in this take on the classic story of Mr. Scrooge? My favorite line: ‘That’s the one good thing about regret: it’s never too late. You can always change tomorrow if you want to.” (Rated PG-13)

Die Hard (1988): John McClane, an officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party in Los Angeles. Bet you can guess my favorite line. Here’s a hint: Yippie-ki-yay, bad guys! (Rated R)

The Polar Express (2004): A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. This movie has become one of our FAVORITE shows to watch on Christmas Eve. I can hardly believe this “new” classic been a staple in our home for over ten years! My favorite line: “The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.”  (Rated G)

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): A creature is intent on stealing Christmas, so he puts the mean in green. Jim Carrey serves up all of his usual cooky antics — rest assured, teens, this is not your grandma’s old Boris Karloff cartoon! My favorite line: “MAX. HELP ME… I’m FEELING.” (Rated PG)

Santa Clause (1994): When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. My favorite line: “Can we take a direct flight back to reality, or do we have to change planes in Denver?” (Rated PG)

Bonus: Harry Potter marathon! These movies are not necessarily Christmas movies for teenagers, but I’ve included them, anyway. Our family’s favorite films to watch during Christmas break include adventures with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Start with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

What’s your teen’s favorite Christmas movie? Let me know what I missed in the comments.

Desiree Townsend

Desiree is a Christ follower, wife and mom. #WakeUpAndLive