One of my favourite things to do in December is watch all the Christmas films. But I will happily watch Christmas films any time of the year. It could be 30 degrees in July (who am I kidding, I live in England) but if Film4 are showing Home Alone you can bet I’ll be watching it. Christmas films are the best. They’re cheesy yes, but they bring festive cheer to anyone who watches them. Unless you’re the Grinch…
There are certain films you need to watch in the run up to Christmas. Everyone’s list will be different I’m sure, but I thought I’d share with you my must watch festive films.
Home Alone (1 & 2)
As I mentioned before, I will watch Home Alone any time of the year, numerous times. It’s my absolute favourite. Nothing says Christmas quite like a neglectful, dysfunctional family and a home invasion, thwarted by an eight year old kid. With it’s memorable one-liners and OTT traps, it’s an enjoyable film with an even better sequel. Every year I question which one I prefer and every year I conclude they’re both equally amazing.
The Santa Clause
I loved this so much when I was younger. I still love it but it’s not acceptable to watch this throughout the year for some reason, so it makes it extra Christmassy. When I think of Santa Claus, I think of Tim Allen. Again, this film has classic one-liners which Tom and I quote a lot. Usually when milk is involved. Plain milk’s fine… anyone? No? Ok then.
I have to confess, Will Ferrell really gets on my nerves. Except in this film! This is a silly, feel-good film about an Elf who isn’t actually an Elf. Turns out he snuck into Santa’s sack one Christmas Eve when he was a baby and ended up in the North Pole where one of the Elves adopted him. When Buddy finds out he’s not really an elf, he sets off for New York (because where else would you go at Christmas?!) in search of his real dad.
Miracle on 34th Street
This is a sweet film about a department store Santa Claus who believes he is the real deal and is pretty convincing too! #IBelieve. There’s one kid in particular that he wants to convince, which just so happens to be his boss’s young daughter aka the girl from Matlida (Mara Wilson). I have to watch this on my own or whilst Tom is playing video games as the kid really irritates him in this. Watch and let me know if she irks you!
This is one of those films I can watch numerous times and not get bored of. Santa Claus is contemplating retirement and his eldest son is ready to replace him. After delivering all the presents he returns to the North Pole but his younger son, Arthur, soon realises that Santa forgot to give one child their Christmas present and so he sets off with Grandsanta in tow to deliver the present himself.
Other films to watch this Christmas; The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, The Grinch, Christmas with the Kranks and Deck the Halls.
What are your festive film favourites?