Christmastime is perfect for family movie nights. There are countless holiday movies to choose from, but one of the most classic Christmas stories ever told is A Christmas Carol. We all know the story of greedy ol’ Ebenezer Scrooge and how, in one night, three ghosts change is whole outlook on life. Only now, when A Christmas Carol is headlining family movie night, the kids can have even more fun with this printable coloring activity!
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The story of Ebenezer Scrooge presents an important lesson, where the greedy miser learns that compassion and loving relationships mean far more in life than the love of money. No matter what fashion you share the story, the overall lesson is still important.
Family movie nights are always a fun time, so let’s talk movie versions of A Christmas Carol. While a tad bit scary at times, my family’s favorite movie version is Disney’s A Christmas Carol. The animations just can’t be matched and the movie really brings Charles Dickens’s story to life.
And truth be told, I’ve always been a big fan of Scrooged, even as a kid. But my kids don’t much “get” that movie yet. It is more of an adult version and was made in the ’80s. But I think it’s funny, so I still watch it every holiday season. There’s not a Christmas that goes by that we don’t watch at least one movie version of A Christmas Carol.
But sometimes my kids won’t sit through a whole movie. However, they do love listening to short stories. That’s why I think this video version of a reading of A Christmas Carol is perfect for them. Even I like to sit, watch and listen to the story with my kids. It’s much shorter than a 1.5-2 hour movie, but still gets the whole story in.
To make the story even more fun and interactive, I created this cute printable coloring activity.* Kids can read the story and color the graphics that go along with it. The graphics are complete with Ebenezer Scrooge, his assistant Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, of course, the ghost of Scrooge’s old business partner, Jacob Marley, and even the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Christmas Future. It’s just an altogether super fun way to incorporate the story of Ebenezer Scrooge into the holidays.
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Want the perfect snacks to go with movie night or story time? Here are a few Scrooge-themed snacks and drinks that pair perfectly with viewing or reading A Christmas Carol.
- Chocolate coin candies
- Hot chocolate with marshmallows
- Tray of cheese and crackers
- Turkey and cheese dip (I don’t recommend cooking a whole turkey just for movie night, so a turkey dip – made with ground turkey – will do!)
- Caramel popcorn
- Cranberry Salsa
- Cheese Ball and crackers
- Five Spice Candied Pecans
Do you have any favorite ways to incorporate the story of Ebenezer Scrooge into your holidays?
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