Just because you're showing a movie before the end of term doesn't mean you are abandoning learning. Here are a few ways to get the most educational value out of holiday favorites.
Use Rudolph to create a lesson about being different and special. Have students write down what makes them special (either adjectives for younger students or essays for older students) and share in group. Rudolph is a great tie in to teaching tolerance and anti-bullying messages.
Buddy becomes an author, so why can't they? Students can try to write holiday-inspired stories.
For social studies, Elf demonstrates the culture clash that can take place between people from different homelands. Buddy only knows the life of an elf, with their rules and their clothes and their main professions. When he comes to America, he struggles to fit in. When have your students traveled somewhere where they felt out of place?
A Science-lovers dream. He uses all kind of simple machines and scientific principles to outsmart the bad guys, including using the conductivity of the door handle to burn their hands, a pendulum to propel paint cans and gravity, gravity, gravity.
There's also a geography connection because the family is in Paris. Where is Paris? How far is it from their home? What are ways the mom can take to travel there?
Mickey's Christmas Carol (or any version)
Scrooge loves his money. What a great tie in to counting and even economic principals? Why do some people have lots of money and some people have very little?
The three ghosts also demonstrate the concept of past, present and future tense in a concrete way.
Any Familiar Favorite in Another Language
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Most students know the general storyline for their favorite holiday shows. That will help them to bridge the gap for beginning language learners.