Christmas Movies for Stress-Free Family Nights

Christmas Movies for Stress-Free Family Nights

Pinterest mostly inspires me, but often the posts there overwhelm me instead. A couple of years ago I saw a pin boasting a recipe for "Grinch Punch" and I thought, "Aha!" My kids would love it! So I picked a December date that wasn't already taken and told the kids we were having a Grinch dinner. 

We served "roast beast", Who Pudding (I made a corn pudding), a festive salad, and the Grinch punch. Then we watched the movie and voila! The night was a big success for not a whole lot of mom effort. 

Since that first Christmas Movie Night year, we've done an Elf night complete with snowflake decorations the kids made (believe me, I want this to be stress-free so if the kids wanted to do it, I said, "Go for it!" and sat back to watch them), and just this week we did a Home Alone night.

This is meant to be easy, fun, and stress-free, so pick a movie and do something fun to go with it, then call it good. Some years are easier going and I can plan a little more to go with the theme, other years leave me feeling overloaded so we go with simple. 

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Ideas

-Grinch Punch

-Grinch Centerpiece - I know, I know. Not stress-free, unless you love to do beautiful floral arrangements and this would be fun for you!
 


-Roast Beast 

1 pkg onion soup mix 
1 roast, 3-5 pounds
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
2 T flour, not to be added until roast is cooked

Sprinkle onion soup mix on the bottom of the crock pot and place roast on top. Spread the cranberry sauce all over the roast. Cook on low for 10-12 hours, or on high for 4-6.

After roast is done, remove it from the slow cooker and slice or shred. Stir flour into juices in crock pot and turn the temperature to high. Cook and stir for 5-10 minutes, until you have a nice gravy. Spoon gravy over roast and enjoy!

-Who Pudding (Cook's Country Corn Pudding)
 


 

 

Elf Ideas

-This Elf party post has a lot of great ideas. Just make sure you choose the non-stressful stuff :)

-We served spaghetti (I drew the line at syrup on the pasta and just served meat sauce), French bread, salad, and lots of candy. Our kids did try the syrup on plain pasta just for fun.

 


 

 

 

Home Alone Ideas

-Most stress-free movie night to date: I picked up take-and-bake pizzas, Pepsi, and created an ice cream sundae bar.