It’s December which means it is officially Christmas season – yaaay! Tis the month of eating lots of chocolate and good food, listening to wonderful Christmas songs (that they repeatedly play everywhere), drinking and partying too much, buying and decorating the Christmas tree and spending time with loved ones. What an eventful time of the year!
We are missing one key thing here – that’s right… Christmas movies! Who doesn’t love a good movie to curl up to and watch when it is dark, rainy and cold? So on that note, my favorite Christmas movies are below.
In no particular order….
- Love Actually
Aaaah Love Actually, a true rom- com classic. It’s been transforming Christmases and families since 2003 and honestly, it couldn’t be better. It features an ensemble cast of British famous faces – my favourites include Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley and Alan Rickman – and it is about the ups and downs of people and their lives. Each person is interlinked in some way with another – think of it like a web of connections. It is mainly set in London, which is super relatable – all the British accents! It is mostly about celebrating love, because what better time to celebrate love than at Christmas?! 16 years later and this movie is still going strong. Always one to watch at Christmas, or even before, as it starts 6 weeks before the day itself!
- Home Alone
Home Alone is one of the most memorable Christmas movies I used to watch as a child. It is about Kevin, an eight year old boy, who gets left behind at home when the rest of his family go on vacation (how can anyone forget their child?!). At first he loves being home alone but then falls victim to two burglars who realise that he is an easy target so try to break in. Every time they do, Kevin hatches up some plans to prevent them as he is one step ahead of them. It is hilarious and very clever. How one eight year old boy can come up with such ideas is unbelievable, but makes for a great lighthearted Christmas entertainment, at home with the family….or alone.
- The Holiday
Back to the rom-coms. I love a good rom-com, especially at Christmas time. It is a very romantic time of the year! The Holiday is not your usual romantic comedy. It is about two completely different women, as opposite as you can be – one living the high life in LA and one living the quiet life in England. But they share one goal, they are single and HATING IT! So they decide to swap their houses for the holidays. What unravels is what neither of them expected… It’s a warm hearted, snuggle-up-and-drink-a-hot-chocolate kind of movie that you can fall in love with. The actors are fantastic too – Cameron Diaz and Jude Law anybody?!
- The Grinch
The Grinch has got to be on the list – the 2000 version How The Grinch Stole Christmas, not the latest 2018 one. It is also one of the movies I watched as a child. The movie is based on a children’s book by Dr Seuss about a creature called Grinch who wants to ruin Christmas. A girl called Cindy Lou learns about why the Grinch hates Christmas and wants to turn things around and change his heart about the holiday. It is a heart-warming, family-friendly movie with great visual effects and a lovely message about looking beyond the surface. Great for this time of the year!
There are so many Christmas movies that come on the TV every year that are just pure joy to watch. Some make you laugh, some make you cry, some make you want to fall in love. There are movies to fit every kind of taste, with no lack of options. So whatever you like, guaranteed, you will find something you enjoy.
What are your favourite Christmas movies?