It’s that time of year again when the decorations are up, the Christmas baking begins and you start to watch the movies that you love watching at Christmas time. Depending on what your family was like growing up, these movies will change from person to person. As someone who loves being introduced to new movies, I thought I’d share with you my top five favourite movies to watch at Christmas time and ask you to share the same so that we all may find something fantastic.
I’m giving a heads up here, I won’t be mentioning any of the Home Alone movies, The Santa Claus, Elf or any of the old classics. But feel free to talk about them in the comments section. I’m just sharing what are my staples in Christmas movie watching.
5. The Family Stone (2005)
This is a bit of a lesser known Christmas movie and it seems to have people quite divided. Some hate it but there’s something about it that I love. The movie centres around uptight Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) whose boyfriend Everett (Dermot Mulroney) takes her back home to Connecticut to meet his bohemian family. With the exception of Everett’s brother, Ben (Luke Wilson), everyone in the Stone family seems to have an aversion to Meredith, especially the fact that she’s quite uptight while they’re very laid back. Meredith ends up accidentally alienating and insulting almost every member of the family. When Meredith’s sister Julie (Claire Danes) visits, things get even more interesting.
I won’t say anything else, as I don’t want to ruin the plot of the movie, but it really is a great Christmas movie with lots of funny and sweet moments but just a warning, there are some really uncomfortable moments which are almost too difficult to watch.
4. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
Normally sequels are a bit rubbish, but when I discover this sequel to my favourite Disney film, I’ve watched it every Christmas Eve to get me into the Christmas spirit. The movie takes place during the time period depicted in Beauty and the Beast, making it a “midquel”.
Mrs Potts is telling the story of how Belle brought Christmas back to the castle. It’s Belle’s first Christmas there and she is shocked when she finds out that the Beast has banned Christmas. Belle, in her meddling ways, convinces the whole castle to help bring back Christmas. The movie is short and sweet and it always puts me in the Christmas spirit, especially this song. It’s corny and cheesy, but I absolutely adore it.
3. Love Actually (2003)
Who doesn’t love Love Actually? Well actually, I know many people who don’t but just thinking about this movie makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. What I love about it is the fact that it’s based around 10 different stories that are all interrelated by the characters either having mutual friends or appearing at the same events in the five weeks leading up to Christmas in England.
One of the things I love about talking to others about this movie is finding out which of the stories are people’s favourites. I love them all but my favourite has to be the story of Daniel (Liam Neeson) and Sam (Thomas Sangster). After Daniel’s wife and Sam’s mum die, they make it through the grief together when Sam falls in love with a girl at school. I just love it. Seriously, just watch this movie. Now.
2. The Holiday (2006)
I have yet to meet someone who hates this movie. They may not love it the way I do, but I’ve never heard someone say “I HATE The Holiday“. I bet you now someone will say it in the comments but whatever. If Love Actually makes me all warm and fuzzy, The Holiday is on a whole other level. It’s the story of Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) who are unhappy with their love lives and decide to escape at Christmas. They meet online and end up with a home swap agreement, where Amanda will spend two weeks in Iris’s house in Surrey and Iris spends two weeks in Amanda’s house in L.A.
Throw in a film composer, a brother and an old film writer and you have the makings of a perfect romantic comedy and a really sweet Christmas film. I won’t lie, I’m yet to watch this without crying but it’s just so beautiful. I’m also incredibly in love with the music in this movie. Hans Zimmer is a musical genius and I bought the original score soundtrack because I love it so much.
1. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
My favourite thing to watch at Christmas time is this amazing little short film by legend Walt Disney, the perfect homage to Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Despite the fact that this film was made many years before I was born, my sister and I have watched it almost every year that we’ve been alive. It follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) who only thinks about himself and money. He has one employee, Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse), who is severely underpaid and has to support his family, including sick son, Tiny Tim.
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is haunted by his dead partner Jacob Marley (Goofy) and is then visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. These visits scare Scrooge into becoming a good and generous duck. Even though it only goes for around 26 minutes, I’m still classing it as a Christmas “movie”. Everyone should watch it because it’s fantastic!!
Over to you, what’s your favourite Christmas movie? What do you think of mine?