Holiday Movie Guide

On the surface Asset Building seems pretty simple—say hello to kids, know your neighbors’ names, include youth in decision making—and it is in a lot of ways. It’s so easy that most of us are building assets and we don’t even realize it.

However, when we don’t name and acknowledge what we are doing it goes unnoticed. We forget our intention and our kids don’t benefit from our efforts as much as they could.

In order to reap the full rewards of Asset Building, we need to regularly talk to our kids about The Assets, prompt them to notice and reflect on Asset Building activities, and encourage them to actively participate in their own Asset Building.

Watching movies as a family, and inviting neighbors and friends to join you, is a great way to, not only build assets, but to spark intentional conversations about The Assets.

Below is our Asset Building Holiday Movie Guide including some prompts to help you get the conversation started. And don’t miss our printable Conversation Cards at the end!


Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

Summary: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Asset: #26 Caring

Why It Matters: This is a classic Christmas movie with several versions. Aside from the incredible animation, this one hammers home how a simple act of Caring radically shifts the Grinch’s perspective. Research repeatedly shows that this is true for youth as well. All it takes to alter the course of an at-risk kid’s life is one healthy adult relationship. This movie shows the power of community and connection, and demonstrates what happens when we feel disconnected and alone. Use it to inspire Caring this holiday season.

Conversation Starters: How did Cindy Lou Who show Caring and what was her impact? When has someone shown Caring to you? How did it influence you? What can you do to show Caring to someone this week? 

Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Klaus (2019)

Summary: A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Asset: #9 Service to Others

Why It Matters: This is our new favorite holiday movie! While it has its dark moments, this movie ultimately shines because it so heartwarmingly demonstrates how powerful Service to Others can be. Which is true in our world too. There are so many examples that illustrate how one person’s good work on the behalf of another dramatically changes communities: Malala, Kelvin Doe, Nicholas Lowinger…Use this movie to inspire a community service project this holiday season, and who knows maybe it will go viral too.

Conversation Starters: How did serving others change Jesper? What impact did his service have on his community? What problems do you notice in our community? How can you be of Service to Others in ways that address these needs?

Where to Watch: Netflix

Elf (2003)

Summary: After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Asset: #39 Sense of Purpose

Why It Matters: Aside from being one of the silliest holiday movies sure to make even your bah humbug family member laugh, it tells such a sweet story of how not giving up on your mission has the power to change even the hardest of hearts. Having a Sense of Purpose and staying the course, no matter what others might say, not only helps kids stay out of trouble because it focuses their energy, it also rubs off on others. And that makes the world a much brighter place. Use this movie to begin identifying New Year’s resolutions that connect to your Sense of Purpose.

Conversation Starters: How did Buddy’s life change when he started living with a Sense of Purpose? How did that change those around him? What do you feel called to do? How can you commit to your Sense of Purpose in the coming year? How can the adults in your life best support you?

Where to Watch: The Driggs Library on Thursday, Amazon Prime Video

*While all the movies we recommended are rated PG, please do your own homework before sharing them with your children to make sure they align with your family’s values.

If you watch any of these movies or use the Conversation Cards, take a picture and tag us on social media!

Get our printable Conversation Cards!

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