Years and years ago, when this blog was but a mere baby, I put together a list of my favourite Christmas films. Time for an update, don’t you think?
The Advent calendars have been well and truly ransacked, and almost we’ve started to move on to cracking open a selection box. Take a look at these festive flicks to sit by the fire in front of this year.
Christmas in Boston
This 2005 release portrays the friendship between reporter Gina and toy maker Seth, who first “met” through a pen pal scheme back in primary school. For 13 years they’ve sent each other letters (which no one does anymore and that is a huge shame) and photos of what they say is each other – but is actually of each of their best friends. How will an upcoming toy convention in Boston bring them together, and will it reveal the truth after over a decade?
This film is a staple of the free-to-air Christmas movie channels, like Christmas 24, so keep an eye out for it over the festive period.
It’s A Wonderful Life
A favourite of so many people, it’s hard to imagine Christmas without a viewing of this classic.
To earn his wings, angel Clarence comes to the aid of businessman George Bailey, who has become a little dejected around Christmas. Clarence takes George on a journey of discovery, showing George what the world would be like without him.
The feel-good ending will definitely bring a smile to your face no matter what.
Muppet’s Christmas Carol
Featuring Michael “nosey neighbour” Caine as Scrooge, this fuzzy family flick tells the story of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. It’s got all the aspects of the story you’ve come to expect; Scrooge, the Cratchet family, and the three spirits, but with performances from the Muppets it’s the perfect viewing for every member of the family. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along all day after watching this one.
Miracle on 34th Street
Was there ever a man more suitable to play Santa Claus than the late Richard Attenborough? Coles Department Store seems to agree, and Richard’s Kris Kringle is hired as their Santa Claus. Little Susan, however, isn’t entirely convinced. Soon, it becomes clear she isn’t the only one with a few doubts. Can Kris clear his name before Christmas Day? And is Susan going to get everything on her Christmas list?
Christmas may be the time to be close to those you love, but what about when you would rather some time to yourself? Iris and Amanda swap homes for the festive season, with Iris sampling the LA lifestyle and Amanda enjoying the quaintness of a Surrey cottage. Sounds like the perfect way to spend Christmas. You can almost guess what happens when Iris meets Amanda’s friend Miles, and when Amanda crosses paths with Iris’ brother Graham. What’s to happen when the ladies must return home?