As the festive season approaches, it’s the perfect time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some classic Christmas flicks.
Beyond the jolly Santas, twinkling lights, and hilarious heroes, there are valuable lessons in mental health, resilience, and overall wellbeing to be unwrapped in some of our most popular Christmas movies.
So, for our festive Mentally Minded newsletter, let’s dive into ten Christmas movies and explore some of the insights and value they can bring.
Yippee-kay-yay Christmas movie fans!
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
George Bailey’s journey teaches us that life’s challenges shape our character.
When the going gets tough, reflecting on the positive impact we’ve had on others can be a powerful antidote to mental stress.
George’s selflessness and community spirit exemplify the strength found in connection and purpose.
2. Die Hard (1988)
Yes, this IS a Christmas movie. John McClane’s tenacity under extreme pressure showcases the importance of adapting to adversity.
Sometimes, facing challenges head-on is the best way to overcome them.
McClane’s resilience and problem-solving skills serve as a reminder to confront life’s hurdles with a can-do attitude.
Plus it shows the importance of reaching out for help and the importance of having a partner or friend you can rely on.
3. Elf (2003)
Buddy’s boundless enthusiasm reminds us of the importance of embracing our quirks and finding joy in the little things.
A hearty laugh and a positive attitude can go a long way for mental wellbeing.
Buddy’s journey encourages us to approach life with childlike wonder, fostering a mindset that is open to joy and free from unnecessary stress.
4. Gremlins (1984)
In this dark comedy, the chaotic invasion of mischievous creatures serves as a metaphor for the unpredictability of life.
Facing unexpected challenges, like dealing with gremlins, requires adaptability and resilience.
The film teaches us to navigate the unpredictable with composure and creativity, promoting mental wellbeing in the face of chaos.
5. The Polar Express (2004)
This animated adventure teaches us about the power of belief.
Whether it’s in ourselves or something greater, maintaining faith can be a source of resilience during challenging times.
The journey on the Polar Express symbolises the importance of holding onto our beliefs and values, providing a guiding light in the face of adversity.
6. Home Alone (1990)
Kevin McCallister’s resourcefulness and independence showcase the importance of self-reliance.
Sometimes, relying on our own strengths can boost confidence and mental wellbeing.
Kevin’s ability to navigate challenges on his own demonstrates the empowering effect of self-sufficiency and the resilience that comes with trusting oneself.
7. The Grinch (2000)
Beneath the green fur, the Grinch’s story is one of redemption.
Learning to let go of resentment and embracing the joy of giving can lead to a happier and mentally healthier life.
The Grinch’s transformation from a cynical recluse to a compassionate member of the community illustrates the positive impact of shedding negativity and embracing a more altruistic outlook.
8. Scrooged (1988)
A modern twist on Dickens’ classic, Frank Cross learns the value of genuine connections and empathy.
Building strong relationships is essential for mental wellbeing.
Frank’s journey highlights the importance of prioritising meaningful connections over material success, emphasising that true fulfilment comes from nurturing genuine, compassionate relationships.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Clark Griswold’s chaotic yet love-filled holiday highlights the importance of embracing imperfections and finding humour in life’s absurdities.
Laughter is indeed a great remedy for mental health.
Clark’s comical escapades serve as a reminder that embracing the unpredictable and finding humour in the midst of chaos can contribute to a more positive and resilient mindset.
10. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
This adaptation of Dickens’ classic combines heart-warming storytelling with Muppet charm.
The tale, narrated by Charles Dickens himself (played by Gonzo), emphasises the significance of generosity and kindness.
Through the Muppets’ whimsical lens, we learn that simple acts of goodwill can have a profound impact on our own wellbeing and that of those around us.
So, grab some popcorn, kick back, and let these Christmas classics impart some valuable lessons for mental wellbeing.
Remember, taking care of your mental health is a gift that keeps on giving.
Cheers to a Merry Christmas and a mentally resilient New Year!