We’re in the final week guys! Are you ready? Bought and wrapped all the presents? Sent the Christmas cards and organised everything ready for the big day? If not, don’t worry you have a few more days yet. If you are ready and super organised this year (good for you!) then take a seat, put your feet up and watch one (or all) of the Christmas movies below. Any one for popcorn?
5 – Home Alone – 1990
When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
I’m ashamed to say, that I was introduced to this movie by an old friend of mine, a lover of Christmas and Home Alone, and I can see why this was a number one pick!
A hilarious watch for both young and old! But you can’t help feel sorry for the bad guys – ouch!
4 – The Grinch – 2000
In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).
When I first watched this, the Grinch used to scare me! Now, not so much!
Another funny Christmas movie to add to the list, as well as a happy ending – which we all love, right?!
3 – The Snowman – 1982
After an English boy makes a snowman on Christmas Eve, it comes to life to take him on an adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
On Christmas Day (or Eve, I can’t quite remember) this is always on TV. I had this book as a youngster and I can’t believe how old it is?! It’s a wonderfully drawn story about, of course, a Snowman and the adventure he has with a young boy. There’s only music, but it definitely keeps you encaptured for the half an hour it’s on.
In 2012 (that long ago?!) they released The Snowman and the Snowdog, a sequel to celebrate 30 years of The Snowman.
2 – The Polar Express – 2004
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Okay, it was really hard to pick between this one and number 1 below, as to what was my top Christmas movie to watch, it was pretty close.
I’ve watched this film pretty much every year at Christmas, a feel good film, showing the true spirit of Christmas.
Can I also point out the singing waiters on the train? What a blast!!
1 – Arthur Christmas – 2011
Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.
I love this film so much! There’s a reason it’s on my top 5 list, this film is a colourful depiciting of Santas gang. Arthur is such a loveable character, giving us all the feels for Christmas!
Again with the whole ‘Christmas spirit thing’ – 5 stars!
So, that’s my list of top 5 movies I watch pretty much every year.
There’s a bunch of Christmas movies, both old and new, so there’s bound to be a favourite one you love to watch at this time of year! Let me know you’re favourite movie in the comments below and Merry Christmas!