Originally posted 7th December 2016
25 Days of Christmas
#7 | Top Ten Christmas Movies
Who doesn’t love a good, heartwarming Christmas movie? Whether it be a movie night with your friends, a day with the family or snuggling with your blanket on a lazy Sunday the chances are we’ll be watching a few over the festive season. Here I’ve listed my Top 10 Christmas Movies I go to each and every year without fail.
10. Jingle All The Way (1996)
I won’t lie, and it won’t be popular… but it’s not my favourite. I’ve actually started liking it a lot more over the years but when I was younger I didn’t see the appeal. So while I wouldn’t reach for it immediately I’m no longer opposed to watching the movie and actually find it rather enjoyable.
9. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
So, again I wouldn’t automatically reach for this one as the whole romance aspect never really interested me however, the movie as a whole is very charming and also has a lot of other elements to it which makes you go on a journey with these characters, and I especially love the last line – it always cracks me up!
8. A Christmas Carol
I’d add in the year but there are so many different versions of this film, I’ve just found my way back through the rabbit hole and still didn’t find what I was looking for, but there’s no denying that this is a Christmas Classic. A Christmas Carol is the film we grew up watching and the play we performed for our parents at school. The meaning and depth is incredible to watch unfold and I’m actually very annoyed I can’t find the one I used to watch as a child, call it nostalgia. Might have to do some more digging!
7. The Santa Claus 1-3 (1994) (2002) (2006)
Now I actually don’t mind all of these films. The first one is the best, in my opinion but I still enjoy watching the second and third. I know I know, I can probably get away with the second one but the third, I’m aware of the reception it received! The thing is when it comes to these films I just look at them as a bit of fun, and where’s the harm in that?
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I love this film! Whenever I watch it I usually get the songs stuck in my head (if you follow me on Twitter then you might now the most recent was the weekend just gone at around 4 in the morning with work the next day.. that was a fun time!) It’s crazy to think this came out the year I was born yet is still so popular over 20 years later, that’s the sign of great things – it’s timeless.
I really do love the storyline though and the songs, plus it’s just so whacky and I love a lot of Tim Burton’s work as well. I made my sister watch it over the weekend, she did not share my view. She just did not get it at all, which is a shame because to me it’s just fantastic, fun and very different from any other Christmas movie out there.
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Yep! Let’s face it you can’t have a list of great Christmas movies and not include The Grinch. I mean the character is very similar to Scrooge in a lot of ways but for very different (and I suppose more understandable) reasons. I think when we’re younger we find it funny and get the meaning, but as I get older I watch it and start laughing because some of the stuff he comes out with reminds me of either myself or a close friend or family.
I just think this film is brilliant, it has both heart and comedic genius whilst in keeping with the original theme of the book. I think I read somewhere that this could be re-made (could have been click-bait or false?) but if they do I honestly don’t see how they could get it any better – this one will be hard to beat, that’s for sure!
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
So, before Harry Potter for me there was Narnia. I still love Narnia, I do love the books but the first time I’d come across it was in Year 2 at infant school around Christmas, they put on a movie to keep us busy and it was an animated version, and the obsession began. I was transfixed, I’m not even sure I blinked! So it’s only natural that I put it in a list of Christmas Movies. It of course has some elements of Christmas (Santa Claus being gone for so long and then him giving the children their presents to help them) so I think it counts! To this day it’s still one of my favourite books and movies, and I just love the newer version as well.. I say newer, it was still over 10 years ago (need to stop, feeling old!)
3. Harry Potter and the …all of them? (2001-2011)
OK when it comes to the festive Christmassy feeling it’s probably best to stick with 1-3, 4 at a stretch but really who does that? If you’re going to watch Harry Potter you do it right and you do a marathon, really it’s the only way. I really couldn’t not mention Harry Potter, it’s an absolute favourite of mine and many others, the first few are so magical and so fits right in with this time of year.
2. Home Alone 1 & 2 (1990) (1992)
Remember for the Santa Claus when I said ‘I just look at them as a bit of fun, what’s the harm in that?’.. Yeah, that doesn’t apply to 3 and 4 of the Home Alone movies. I can’t, I’ve watched them but they’re honestly not that great. They lost something, and not just a few actors.
But 1 & 2, absolutely! For me hands down I always go to these movies when thinking of Christmas films. They’re fantastic! From the acting to the humour, the family structure and is somewhat believable in that with so many people maybe you do forget someone, it’s Christmas which means it’s a time everyone is more aware of burgers. In the second one the kid looks down and then follows someone he thinks is his Dad to the wrong gate.
Perhaps that’s where the believability ends but at the end of the day if it was all totally believable there’s no escapism or fun in that. The characters are fantastic, and in the second one the bit with the bricks gets me every time!
1. On The Second Day of Christmas (1997)
This is probably my all-time favourite Christmas film. I’m not sure what other people think of it because I’m not sure it’s that well known. There’s some romance but it’s not really the main storyline. If you don’t know it’s about this woman who is the guardian and takes care of her niece, but she’s a thief. In trying to take care of her the kid helps her out, it’s the struggle to do what’s right and what will take care of them.
I think my favourite thing was probably the meeting Santa, especially as a child. I wonder if it would be the same if I watched it now? But one of the best things is that between each bit, it might move onto a new scene or a new setting a beautiful picture comes up with a quote underneath which gives an overview of what’s about to happen (though you don’t know at the time). Whenever I think of this film I think of these pictures because they’re gorgeous.
It’s really frustrating because the only way to watch this film is on the TV as to get it on DVD (can’t find it on BluRay) is as a US import.
That’s it! That’s the Top Ten however, I do just want to mention a
Whoever is looking at me with a weird judgemental look, nah! You can’t tell me Die Hard isn’t a Christmas film, it takes place on Christmas Eve at a Christmas Party and they play Christmas music in that limo – Christmas all over the place!
But in all seriousness who doesn’t love Die Hard, it’s fantastic! We watched it last year on Christmas Day – it’s a film the whole family can agree upon. The one-liners live on, it’s funny and the acting is brilliant!
So that really is it from me today but I hope you enjoyed! Let me know some of your favourites too, perhaps there’s some I haven’t heard of that I can add to my collection? It’s likely!