One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to get cosy on the sofa in my pyjamas (preferably with a nice mug of hot chocolate) and put on a fun, festive film to get me in the mood for Christmas. There are so many Christmas films around now, but I always seem to come back to my old favourites and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them.
1) Santa Claus (1985)
The original Santa Claus movie starring David Huddleston, Judy Cornwell and Dudley Moore has always been my favourite. I think I’ve watched it every year since early childhood and although aspects of it seem dated now, it still never gets old for me.
I love Huddleston’s portrayal of Santa and the lovely on-screen relationship with Mrs Claus. It’s a colourful, heart-warming movie with lots of feel-good music and never fails to get me in the mood for Christmas.
Ancient Elf: The Prophecy has come to pass, that there would come to us a Chosen One, and that he, having no child of his own, would love all children everywhere, and that he himself would be an artisan, and a craftsman, and a skilled maker of toys. And now, Chosen One, come forward. From this day on, now and forever, you will bring all our gifts to all the children in all the world, and all this to be done on Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus: How can I do so much in just one night?
Ancient Elf: Well, know this: time travels with you. The night of the world is a passage of endless night for you, until your mission is done. This is your legacy, and your gift…. as is the gift of flight. Now, all those within the sound of my voice, and all those on this Earth everywhere know that henceforth, you will be called — Santa Claus.
2) The Muppet Christmas Carol
It’s easy-going, funny and is filled with cheery tunes to get you in the festive spirit. The Ghost of Christmas Present is my favourite!
3) Love Actually
I like the format of inter-weaving narratives, some of which are silly, some sad and others heart-warming. It’s a mixed bag of stories that don’t all have satisfying resolutions or a wonderfully festive message, but are entertaining all the same. The soundtrack is pretty good too.
[neither understands the other’s language]
Jamie: [in English] It’s my favourite time of day, driving you.
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
4) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it really a Christmas film or a Halloween film? Either way, this classic from Tim Burton is brilliantly creepy, kooky and fun. It offers a nice change from all the very samey feel-good kids films. The songs are always stuck in my head for days after I watch it.
Lucy: Winter’s not all bad. There’s ice skating…and snowball fights…and oh! Christmas!
Mr. Tumnus: Not here. Here it’s always winter, never Christmas. It’s been a long winter.
6) Rise of the Guardians
It has a good voice cast, including Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Jude Law and Isla Fisher. It’s a really nice family movie for this time of year.
Jack Frost: Are you telling me to stop believing in the moon when the sun comes up? […] Well, do you stop believing in the sun when the clouds block it out? […] We’ll always be there, Jamie. And now, we’ll always be here. [points to Jamie’s heart]
7) The Polar Express
The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks is a lovely, magical animation that really captures the imaginations of both children and parents. There’s a fun adventure and a sweet message about friendship and the spirit of Christmas. I find it almost heart-breakingly sad at one point, but thankfully it has a happy ending! It always makes me want some hot chocolate, too.
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.
9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This Dr Seuss classic starring Jim Carey is a funny alternative fairytale that’s quite tongue-in-cheek and entertaining.
The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this *whole* Christmas season is…stupid, stupid, stupid!
This is another good version of Dickens’ classic tale. It’s a must-watch because it stars the amazing Patrick Stewart, whom I would watch in just about anything, to be honest.
Jacob Marley: Why do you doubt your senses?
Scrooge: Because a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!
What are your favourite Christmas films? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know why (or why not) in the comments!
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