The thing I love most about Christmas is that it’s the time of year when people make more effort to see their friends and family. I love to get together with my family and one of the things my dad and I really like to do is get together for a film night and a catch up. Some of my favourite memories as a child are going to the cinema with my parents – it was always a real treat, a big deal, and I always enjoyed chatting about the film afterwards as much as I did watching it in the first place. Gracewell Care Homes are also really passionate about movies and their power for bringing people together so sent me a box of goodies to help get my loved ones together this Christmas.
Gracewell believe that movie nights are a great way to keep generations in contact and a fun way to socialise all together. Movie nights are a regular event at their care homes and residents and their families are encouraged to come along and spend some quality time together.
When asked if there was a particular film I would like to view, there was one clear choice for me – Jurassic World! My parents took me to see Jurassic Park at the cinema when I was 7 and I was absolutely entranced! We were living in Hong Kong at the time so were surrounded with the types of lush greenery I’d just seen on the big screen and I went to bed that night listening to a palm tree bang on my bedroom window convinced there was a pack of raptors stalking around outside! (Which I found thrilling rather than terrifying!) I watched it everyday when it came out on video and went to see The Lost World and Jurassic Park III at the cinema with my family when they came out too, and had movie nights with my Grandad so he could enjoy them all at home as well. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get to the cinema all together to watch Jurassic World(though I still managed to make it on my own twice!) so it was great to be able to get us together to watch it at home (and yes, over 20 years later my mum still hides behind her hands when the raptors are on screen!)
What’s a movie night without snacks eh?! Ever one for sticking with a theme I bought us a Chicago Town promotionalJurassic World pizza (didn’t win a dinosaur though sadly!) and for some sweet treats Gracewell sent us some yummy Joe & Seph’s Caramel Popcorn (which is super sweet and decadent) as well as some fun retro sweets like Fizz Wiz and Refreshers yum! As it’s nearly Christmas I also picked up some mince pies as they’re my dads faves, some Christmas chocolates, candy canes and also a couple of festive cupcakes from Greggs – how cute are they?!
We all had a great evening, enjoying the film and food, as well as getting together and having a good old chat (and finding out what everyone wants for Christmas!) Film nights are such a fun, easy way to bring people together this Christmas and are really cheap and easy to organise, as well as being really all inclusive and fun for all generations.
How do you and your family like to socialise all together?
*Thanks so much to Gracewell for inviting me to join in their “A Night at the Movies” campaign. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.