Movies are a big part of Christmas in the Mrs T household. With winter meaning more time indoors, snuggling together and watching a film is a great self care activity for the whole family. I have put together a list of my favourite Christmas movies in the hope it will provide some inspiration when the family have a spare few hours together this festive season.
The Christmas Chronicles
This is a very new addition and can be found on Netflix. Kurt Russell makes Santa a ‘silver Fox’ in this delightful modern Christmas tale. After the death of their father, a brother and sister discover that Santa is in big trouble this Christmas.
Dr Seuss has always been a favourite in the Mrs T household. This enchanting tale of the Grinch who stole Christmas has the very talented Jim Carey as the Grinch. Apart from being a festive tale it also shows how loneliness and a lack of kindness from others can result in someone’s heart being ‘two sizes too small.’
Muppets Christmas Carol
The Charles Dickens classic gets the Jim Henson muppet treatment in what is my favourite Christmas film of all time. Scrooge, played by Michael Cane is hard and sharp as flint, secret and self-contained, solitary as an oyster until three ghosts appear to teach him the true meaning of Christmas spirit. My favourite part of this is Gonzo and Rizzo the Rats narration throughout the film.
The Home Alone films I’m my son’s favourite Christmas movies. He really loves watching slapstick style comedies and this delivers plenty of belly laughs. Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left home alone at Christmas as two incompetent thieves try to burgle his house. Kevin employs all of his mischievous tricks to defend his family’s home. The result is a rip-roaring ride of accidents and injuries the will leave you laughing and wincing at the same time.
Home Alone 2
Kevin is back again but this time is left alone in New York at Christmas. He wants again encounters the two incompetent thieves that tried to burgle his house as they plot to steal from a famous New York toy store. Hilarious chaos follows as Kevin tries to stop them once again with traps and mischievous deception.
It’s a Wonderful Life
James Stewart Stars in this classic Christmas movie that has to be seen at least once. Stuart plays George who, desperate and depressed, decides to end his life on Christmas Eve. As he rescues a guardian Angel called Clarence, he is shown what the town would be like without his good deeds. This film will warm your heart and restore your faith in humanity. Remember, every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
The Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is once again retold but now set in the 1980s with Bill Murray as the lead. Murray plays a cold-hearted TV producer who lost the love of his life due to his cutthroat attitude. After firing an employee on Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
There could be a very long debate about whether this is a Halloween film or a Christmas film. If you are tired of the sugar-filled Christmas films then give this a try. The story of Jack Skellington will warm your heart but not make you cringe at how ‘perfect’ everything is.
Will Ferrell puts the spirit in Christmas as Buddy the Elf. Buddy has always been different from all the other elves in Santa’s grotto mainly due to the fact that is not an elf at all. Abandoned as a baby and brought up by a kind old elf, Buddy ventures to New York to find his real father. Buddy’s real father, however, is a cold businessman who does not entertain the ‘spirit’ of Christmas. Buddy shows his father and the whole of New York that everyone should believe in Santa and Christmas.
Bruce Willis says a big yipikaye in this action-packed tale of villains at Christmas. This is definitely a film for the adults as Bruce blast his way through a tower block as a terrorist strike and John McClane is the only one who can save the hostages. Perhaps the best part of this film is the gorgeous Alan Rickman as the evil Hans Gruber, that is the gift that keeps on giving.
National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation
Mayhem and chaos is king in the Lampoon Christmas vacation. Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold as he tries his best to make it a Christmas to remember. His plans for the perfect Christmas soon go dramatically wrong in this farcical comedy. Another classic from the mind of John Hughes (Home Alone) you will be laughing and wincing at the slapstick humour.
Jingle All the Way
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a dad on a mission to get the perfect Christmas gift for his son. Sadly the perfect gift is the years ‘must have toy’. As he desperately tried to find a Turbo Man on Christmas Eve he gets into all sorts of crazy capers until he realises that being there for his child is the best gift to give. Toys cannot buy happiness but love can make a child happy.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allan stars as a toy salesman who prepares to spend Christmas with his son. After they have an unfortunate accident with Santa, they must take on his duties. Tim Allen Is then informed that he must indeed take on the role of Santa Claus permanently. The result is white beard hair appearing along with a huge weight gain. This is a funny and charming comedy that will appeal to the whole family.
The enduring tale of a boy and the snowman who came to life has me sobbing my heart out every time I watch it. This beautiful animation w with its mesmerizing soundtrack will have you singing we’re ‘Walking in the Air’ in your best choir voice. This film may be old but it never goes out of fashion.
Deck the Halls
Danny De Vito and Matthew Broderick clash at Christmas as nightmare neighbours. This light-hearted comedy will see enemies turn friends as they discover that Christmas is about family, not having your Christmas lights being seen from space. This is a film you can easily have one in front of the kids as it’s not violent or rude, but you will be laughing at the jokes as it is aimed more towards the parents out there.
Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore. I am not referring to the post-Christmas dinner farts but to the film that had many a child (and adult) asking ‘do you want to build a snowman?’ Frozen is a Disney classic that has renewed our love for Disney films and portrayed women in a more powerful manner compared to some of its predecessors.
This retelling of The Snow Queen is not directly Christmas related but is snowy and wintery enough to pass as a Christmas movie. It’s an empowering tale of two sisters and their love for one another.
Another film that has me in floods of tears when I watch it. Michael Keaton stars as Jack Frost, a musician and father who tragically dies in a car accident. A year after his death, he comes back in the form of a snowman made by his son.
I hope that this has given you some inspiration for the festive period. Do you have a favourite Christmas film that gets watched every year?
Ciao for now beauties xx