Every person and family has a collection of films that sum up this season. They may have some sort of personal message, or you could just relate to them. Whatever the reason, I wanted to share with you my top ten Christmas movies. These are usually put on in the background, while I wrap up my presents.
10. CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS (2008)
Another Tim Allen film, but this time a slightly more adult affair. What I love about this film is the light hearted way it deals with the subject of ones children growing up and leaving the nest. Luthor manages to persuade his wife, Nora (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) to skip Christmas since their daughter won’t be home. His argument is that with the money they save they can go on a cruise with the money they usually spend. After many hiccups and dirty looks from the neighbours over their lack of Christmas Spirt, it looks like they will be able to escape on their cruise, until two days before Christmas they get the call that their daughter is coming home…
9. LITTLE WOMEN (1949 & 1994)
I love both versions of this movie based on a book. Again, most of the story is set around the time of Christmas and there are many morals to this tale. I always loved the headstrong Jo. In the 1949 version of the film she comes off as very much a tomboy and is almost set for spinsterhood. With the 1994 version, it is played more to the fact that she is a woman ahead of her time. Whenever either of these versions are on, I just have to watch it with tissues in hand over Beth. *sob*
8. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
The newest film on my list, but one I really love. From the makers of Wallace and Gromit, this movie follows Arthur and his wish to bring the over commercialised family business of being Santa, back to its roots. Its another wonderful film and I just love Ardman Animations.
7. THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)
What happens when you accidentally kill Santa and end up taking on the role yourself? This Tim Allen film answers these questions. Divorced Scott Calvin is an executive at a toy company and looks like he is going places. True, this is at the expense of his son, but to for Scott its all worth it if he gets that promotion. That is until he accidentally kills Santa and unknowingly activates “The Santa Claus”. A great Family film!
6. BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (2001)
Ok, so not technically a Christmas Movie, but the events in the film do happen around the Christmas period. I know I have felt how Bridget does, feeling like she is the only singleton left around the most magical time of the year. (Except Valentines day, but that is a WHOLE different ball game) I do like this film and you can’t help but root for Bridget. Also it has the delectable Post Mr Darcy, Pre-Kings Speech Colin Firth in it.
5. HOME ALONE (1990)
We’ve all been there. Wishing that for once we could spend Christmas alone. That our family are only there to annoy us. So eleven year old Kevin gets his wish due to numerous twists of fate. His family are in Paris and he is Home Alone. This is a dream come true for Kevin. He can do what he wants, eat what he wants and generally just have the time of his life. That is until the Wet-Bandits threaten his ideal arrangement. Kevin steps up to the mark and defends his home.
4. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)
A Wonderful Christmas film with interconnecting stories. The Stand-Out scene for me is the scene where Alan Rickman is buying a present and Rowan Atikinson, playing the shop assistant, asks if he would like it gift wrapped. That scene cracks me up all the time. The cast has lots of actors and actresses who have gone on to become household names in the states. Check this out!
3. NATIONAL LAMPOONS CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)
We have all had those sort of family gatherings, whether it is for Christmas, Birthdays or any other special occasion. In this film, we see the dysfunctional Griswold attempt to celebrate Christmas in their own kooky way. Clark just wants it to be the best Christmas ever, but like in National Lampoons Vacation and National Lampoons European Vacation, disaster is just around the corner
2. ELF (2003)
Another staple to my annual Christmas movie-thon, though this is very late addition. I’m not a big Will Ferrell fan, but for me this is just a great Christmas Movie. The child-like innocence of Buddy the elf, never fails to make me smile. The scene in the department store, where he decorates the whole toy department for Santa’s arrival is just jaw dropping.
1. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)
This is an annual must see movie for me. It mixes humour with the moral lesson Dickens intended. With Kermit & co, along with a brilliant Michael Cain, its the perfect film to snuggle up on the sofa and consume hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. And I am forever quoting “Light The Lamp! Not the Rat! Light The Lamp! Not The Rat!
So over to you. Which films are your Christmas staples? Comment below.