However, the movies are also chock full of lessons. In the second film, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," Kevin purchases something for himself at a New York City toy store. When he learns that the owner is donating all the proceeds from Christmas Eve sales to a children's hospital, he pulls out $50 to donate as well.
He said those kids need it more than he did.
That's typical of many little kids, giving to others because they know that the candy and trinkets they want to buy aren't as important as the needy.
However, many adults forget that. I find it interesting that while watching "Home Alone 2" on TV, the commercials are chock full of ads telling kids exactly what they need - pillow animals, cookie dough presses, dolls with crazy hair.
Instead of telling our kids what toys they can't live without, maybe we should be encouraging them to go with their giving instincts so they grow up with a desire to give to others instead of always buying things for themselves.