ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME (2003)

   

Both Eloise movies turned out to be quite a fun surprise. We enjoyed them and would watch them again. Eloise is quite a character. She definitely makes us laugh. This movie, obviously, is about Christmas at the Plaza and all the festive troubles that Eloise causes. If you are fans of the books or just looking for a fun family movie, the Eloise movies are a good watch.

ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS (1985)

   

This movie is about a mother who over the years have lost her Christmas spirit. The holiday has become more of a chore for her. An angel is assigned to with the task of restoring her faith in Christmas and he does so through her daughter.  This movie isn’t the greatest, but it isn’t awful either. Without giving anything away, let me just say, this movie is stressful! We were constantly asking, “Did that really just happen?!?” We were freaking out. If you happen to see it -playing on TV, give it a gander but don’t feel bad if you don’t. Just be warned if you decide to watch with children because there are some truly sad and scary moments.

 

SANTA CLAUSE 3 (2006)

   

In the third installment of the Santa Clause movies, Jack Frost is on a mission to steal the job of Santa Clause from Scott Calvin. Meanwhile, Scott’s wife, the new Mrs. Clause, is due to have a baby any minute now. The movie is just an entertaining as the second movie, but not as good as the first. We actually enjoyed this movie better than we remembered. If you enjoyed the first two, then this one will be just as fun.

 

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT (2000)

   

Oh no. This movie. We did not like it. A girl basically steals what turns out to be Santa’s weather machine and makes it snow in Los Angeles. This causes school to be closed so she doesn’t have to do her homework. Soon the machine and the weather get out of control causing a lot of problems for everyone’s Christmas. The lead girl’s character was so annoying. We get that she was kind of supposed to be, but at some point aren’t we supposed to feel bad for her and want her to learn to be better? Well, we didn’t. The plot was weird and just overall we were bored and just didn’t care about it and how it worked out for the characters. Kids may like this DCOM and so we gave it the extra 1/2 point, but we don’t ever need to see this one again.

 

WINNIE THE POOH: A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR (2002)

   

This Winnie the Pooh movie just didn’t quite do it for us. It seemed to lack the cute humor that the other Pooh movies have. While we liked the story about Winnie the Pooh becoming Santa because he thinks his friends won’t get anything since the letter to Santa didn’t get to the North Pole. The other stories weren’t as memorable. If the kids enjoy Winnie the Pooh, however, they will like this.

 

TWAS THE NIGHT (2001)

   

A teenage boy and his uncle accidentally knock Santa out when he is at the house on Christmas Eve. The uncle, who is a scammer, decides they better finish Santa’s job and deliver the presents so he can use Santa’s magic ball with the intent on stealing from various people. The teen boy goes along for the fun not knowing his uncle’s true plans. We were not fans of this movie. It was really weird and boring and we just weren’t into it. Perhaps young kiddos may enjoy it, but we recommend skipping this one.

 

THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 (2002)

   

Tim Allen is back as Santa, and this time he needs a wife. Santa needs a Mrs. Clause or he can no longer be Santa. Which lead me to ask this question: In the first movie, Scott becomes Santa because he puts on Santa’s coat after he fell off the roof and died. If you need a Mrs. Claus to be Santa, then that Santa had to have a Mrs. Claus. So when that Santa died…WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS MRS. CLAUS??? Was she just walking down the hall with some elves and a plate of freshly baked cookies in her hands then *POOF* gone? Cookies fall to the ground. The crash of the now shattered plate echos through the workshop. The elves, seeing that she has vanished, now know that the Santa they once worked for is gone forever. Is that what happened? Is it? Where did she go?? But…the movie is ok. Fun and festive but not as good as the first.

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I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (1998)

   

JTT! Every girl our age had a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the 90’s. If you didn’t, then I believe you are lying to yourself. Liar.  Anyway, JTT’s character is that kinda annoying popular college kid that doesn’t actually want to go home for Christmas. But after his father bribes him with a car if he comes home, he has to make his way across the country by Christmas Eve.  Everything of course goes wrong and getting home becomes an extreme struggle. Melissa has always loved this but it was a first time viewing for me and it was fun.  The perfect combo of cheese, adventure and JTT.

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MICKEY’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS: SNOWED IN AT THE HOUSE OF MOUSE (2001)

   

All the Disney characters come together to have a Christmas party but get snowed in. So, Mickey shows a few different cartoons to keep everyone entertained. They are also to get Donald in the Christmas spirit. I just love the thought of all the characters getting together for a party. But wouldn’t Ursula be like “Ugh, Ariel is here. Gross.” The new animation isn’t at its best but a big plus is that the movie has Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Oh yeah!

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THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)

   

Yes! This is a great Christmas movie. Kids and adults will love it.  We love that it answers some questions kids always have about Santa like, “How does Santa get into a house with no chimney?” and “How does he make it around the world in one night?” I love that it also teaches the lesson that “Seeing isn’t believing, Believing is seeing.” Perfect.

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