14 December, 2017

6 Christmas Movies to Explain Fairtrade to Friends & Family

Christmas movies list
by Fairtrade America Staff

Get everyone on the couch! Curl up with some Fairtrade hot chocolatecookies , and this list of Christmas movies, and give your loved ones the ultimate gift – a social justice education. 

Ah, the holidays! Time for peace, joy, and awkward dinner conversations. Of course you choose to celebrate in a way that reflects your values, but sometimes maybe you feel like your family doesn’t get it? Well, Fairtrade America staff are here to help! 

If you need some help explaining why you got Fairtrade cotton socks for Uncle Rick, plop him (and the rest of the family) down on the couch for quality and sneaky educational family time. These movies will give you the perfect way to share what you care about with the people you care about. (For cheat codes, click the links for some of the most Fairtrade scenes! Spoiler Warning!)

Ariel Bramble, Business Development Manager, recommends:

Home Alone - Experienced crooks try to take advantage of an otherwise vulnerable individual. Not realizing, little Kevin is fully capable of taking care of himself with the help of his community and neighbor, who isn’t a bad guy after all!


It’s a Wonderful Life - A great reminder that even though our lives aren’t perfect, we have a lot to be grateful for. Furthermore, we have the opportunity to change others’ lives when we act with kindness and generosity.

Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing Director, recommends:

The Nightmare Before Christmas - This perennial favorite is appropriate for not just one, but TWO holidays. Bonus! Tim Burton highlights how scary supply chains can be! But Jack Skellington shows us how, with a bit more thought and effort, they can be beneficial for producers and customers alike. Also, he reminds us how much candy we eat between October and December – a great reason to choose Fairtrade sweets!

Kristina Ballard, Accounting & Finance Director, recommends:

Polar Express - On their way to the North Pole, the train’s passengers experience two of the most important values in Fairtrade –perseverance and empowerment. Children learn to believe that things can be better, stand up for what they believe in, follow their dreams, and don’t let difficult challenges stand in their way.

Margot Conover, External Relations Manager, recommends:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss's anti-consumerist musical extravaganza focuses on unity and community, two of Fairtrade's guiding principles. Make sure you get the 1966 version!


Trading Places - Not only is this the perfect intro to Agricultural Commodity Markets 101, it shows the vast difference a person's situation can have on the outcome of their life and how access to finance can help them reach their full potential. 

AND if you still need more

If you get to the end of all these Christmas movies and still need help explaining Fairtrade to your family and friends, we'd recommend this short on what Fairtrade does.

Whichever film you choose this holiday season, remember those less fortunate and how easy it can be to help others. From all the staff at Fairtrade America, may your days be merry and bright, however and whatever you choose to celebrate. Happy watching!

Click here for even more ways to Fairtrade your holidays!

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