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This holiday season, make family time movie time

(ARA) - Family movie night has joined tree-trimming, baking and shopping as part of the holiday tradition. Nearly 90 percent of Americans plan to celebrate the season with a movie this year, according to a recent survey by movie rental provider redbox. From "Shrek Forever After" and "Toy Story 3" to "Grown Ups," "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Last Airbender," movies bring the holidays to life and families together.

It's easy to have family movie time and celebrate on a budget with DVD rentals costing only $1 a night when rented from redbox kiosks.

Follow these tips to create a festive movie night:

• Set the mood. Dim the lights, put the snacks within reach and rearrange the seats to make sure everyone in the family has the best seat in the house.

• Relax. Tonight's your night to take a break from holiday stress. Kick off your shoes, change into something cozy and grab a few extra pillows and fluffy blankets.

• Unplug. Put your cell phone on "silent," turn off your computer and power down any other distractions - no cheating allowed. You'll be more focused on the movie and, more importantly, spending time with your family.

• Schedule an intermission. You're at home, so you're in control. Minimize interruptions by scheduling a break halfway through the movie to refill snacks and shake out your legs.

• Make it fun. Incorporate a game into the movie watching experience. For example, every time Ken has on a new outfit in "Toy Story 3" or Katara bends water in "The Last Airbender," chow down on a handful of popcorn.

Published November 16, 2010

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