#breakthrulinkup 7 – Create a Christmas playlist with your teen

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Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #7!

If you don’t know this about me yet, I gotta tell you: I’m an old-school rock ‘n roller from way back. Even today, my “go to” music when I’m cleaning the house (or having to do any other chore that I find distasteful) is a fun Pandora or YouTube playlist of classic rock, or maybe some Motown grooves. Now I admit to being a tad more careful about what I listen to around the kids, however; because I realize many of the topics, and certainly the worldview, of some of those old tunes are less than what I’d want my kiddos to be singing about.

But hey, none of us are perfect, right?

And my hubby is a movie nut. Absolutely hands down his favorite thing to do with the kids is to head out to watch the latest superhero flick; and if it includes a good car chase, all the better!

You can probably imagine that one of the ways we most enjoy engaging with our teens is over “culture.” My teens are definitely the conduit I have to any knowledge of today’s music and movies. Much like I was at their age, they know all the words and are familiar with the music genres and movie personalities that make up the current pop culture. (And thank goodness, too, since they are quick to change the station for me when a song comes up that I shouldn’t be listening to…)

So what better way to connect during the Christmas season than with a good playlist of tunes or flicks?

Much like the Encouraging Playlist of songs I put together, or the series of TEDTalk videos I found on topics such as leadership development, STEM studies or “life prep,” you and your teen can assemble a fantastic start to fun family entertainment together!

Christmas music

Christmas movies

  • Believe it or not, YouTube has quite a collection of full-length Christmas movies, too, including quite a few Hallmark classics.
  • Netflix has them, too, although I’ve found that usually, the ones I want to see are available only on DVD (and of course I would have the streaming option…).
  • Not to be outdone, Amazon has Christmas movies available for immediate streaming for their Prime customers (which I recently enrolled in – perfect timing!!).

Pop a bag of popcorn into the microwave, get comfy on the couch, and hit “play.” Don’t forget, however, to stop for conversation and connection after the show or music is over…both provide a perfect springboard for sharing, as well.

Enjoy the quality time with your teen this season as you get a peek into how he feels and what he thinks, while you also create warm wonderful memories together. A total win-win!

This post is part one of a 5-part series. Read the other parts here:

5 Days of Preparing for Christmas with Your Teen

1. Schedule quality time
2. Spend a day in the kitchen
3. Work on a Christmas playlist (or two) together
4. Host a Christmas party for his friends
5. Craft a special family Christmas evening

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What tunes or movies would you put on a Christmas playlist? We’d love to hear about your favorites…

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15 thoughts on “#breakthrulinkup 7 – Create a Christmas playlist with your teen”

  1. Pat, this is so great, because I was literally JUST talking to my HS freshman yesterday (en route to Target so she could buy DIY supplies to decorate her room for Christmas!) about the Christmas playlist she’d just created. And this–“even YouTube has some great Christmas music collections that you and your daughter can look through”–I know to be true because she mentioned she had found a classic instrumental Christmas collection to play in the background while she does her homework (one of her personal tricks). All of which is to say that in my real-mom experience, you’re spot on with this. 🙂 Here’s to lots of merry music for the season! And thanks for hosting the #breakthroughlinkup!

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    1. Oh, how funny! Ya know, I have to admit that while many of these posts are based on my own kids’ experiences, I sometimes have to wonder if other kids are like that, too! So I’m happy to hear of another teen who can “relate” 😉
      I love working with music in the background, too, and look forward to Christmas tunes!!
      Always happy to see you here, Elizabeth!
      (And may I be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas <3 ...)

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    1. Oh, Michele, I’m sure it will be special, and I’ll be especially interested to see what neat ideas you discover! Please let me know if there is anything I can help with…
      And praying for you as you celebrate this special season together with your family – treasure each moment 🙂

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  2. I’m a little late to the linkup because I, quite frankly, couldn’t find the linkup with the way you’ve reorganized, Pat. Not that I’m complaining! I now know how to find your trusty linkups and love that you’ve dedicated a whole page just to us! Thanks also for these great suggestions. I remember when my house was “full” that movies were a great way to connect with my then teen sons. Now they’ve all flown the coop, but I’m looking forward to visiting with all of them at Thanksgiving at my oldest son’s locale–Louisville, KY. It’s going to be a great time of bonding with perhaps a movie thrown in for good measure! Love your heart to connect us with our children!

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    1. Beth, I’m so sorry you had trouble but glad you found it! Yes, this blog is still a work-in-progress, so I’m really glad you said something… I’ll see if I can work on making it easier to find next week 😉

      How cool to be spending the holidays at your son’s house. As much as I love having everyone back in the nest from time to time, it will be wonderful to be a part of their own homes as the years go by. Looking forward to that stage, too!!

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  3. My boys and I created our own Pandora station to listen to in the car; we’re going to have to turn our focus to creating a Christmas version just as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Such a fun idea and a great way to connect with most teens and tweens.

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    1. Oh how FUN! I love Pandora! Surprisingly, my boys are the ones to put tunes collections together, too. But I’m so grateful because it gives me a way to connect with them. “Sounds” like you’ll have a wonderful soundtrack for the holidays 🙂

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