As it is Christmas Eve today, I thought the best way to celebrate Christmas on the blog would be to do my top 10 Christmas Movies. The one’s I have grew up watching (and loving) and even more recent films will appear too. As over the past few years some very good Christmas films have been released. The best thing about Christmas films is that you are really restricted to watching them in Decemeber. I mean if you really want to you could watch them in July . . . but that’s just not the same at all! So quite a few films in my collection are only watched at this time of year.
What makes a good Christmas movie then? Well I would say it has to be a very Christmasy message usually involving or revolving around family. Most of the better ones also have the Santa factor too!
10. The Polar Express (2004)
Focusing on the difficult age for a child when they are unsure whether Santa is real or not. The Polar Express takes these children on a journey on Christmas Eve and they meet the big guy to ensure they keep believing.
9. Jingle All The Way (1996)
This one has to be aimed more at the parents who used to try to get that one toy every kid wanted for Christmas. (Does this still happen? As it doesn’t seem to be too bad now) I know that my parents had trouble getting all of the power rangers for myself and my brother back in the day of the originals of course. They got them all mind, but that was thanks to our friends in America! But this really is a fantastic film showing how far fathers will go to get that toy!
8. The Grinch (2000)
He wanted to steal Christmas and it almost worked if it wasn’t for one little girl who believed he could not be completely evil and heartless. Grinch really did try his best to spoil Christmas but in the end the Who’s spirit was just too much for him.
7. The Santa Clause (1994)
Guilty pleasure from when I was younger, your dad becoming Santa Claus has to be every kids dream right? Well I just love watching this film each Christmas. The two sequels are also very watchable too. Got to love Santa based Christmas films.
6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
While this film was not originally a Christmas movie, that is what it has become after being shown on the TV around the holiday season. But it really does have such a Christmasy feel to it, with the ending being at Christmas time. Everyone finds themselves rooting for George Bailey and hoping her realises that he really does have a Wonderful Life!
5. Love Actually (2003)
Centred in London from the build up to Christmas, with lots of different story lines involving a lot of characters with every type of love imaginable. Sending us the message that Christmas is full of love, all different types of love actually. It really is such a charming British film, but has to be watched a few times to be really appreciated. Theres just too much going on to take in on the first viewing!
4. Elf (2003)
OMG Santa I know him . . . well everyone knows and loves Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite colour by the way? This film has to be the funniest Christmas film out there, but also carries a very strong Christmas message. That mainly being that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
My favorite version of A Christmas Carol involves the Muppet’s and Sir Michael Caine as Scrooge. It really is a fantastic take on the tale, as it’s the classic story, just with the Muppet’s involved. It really is just fantastic!
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
I hear people wondering why I have chosen the most recent version as opposed to the original, well that answer is simple that I grew up with this version. To me Richard Attenborough is Santa Claus and no one else ever will be. Making everyone believe all over again!
1. Home Alone (1990)
The ultimate Christmas film and pretty much everyone’s favorite. Kevin must save his home from the burglars after he is accidentally left at home for Christmas. But don’t worry he can take care of himself! This film always made me want to try sledging down the stairs straight out the front door!