Christmas time is either the most magical time of the year or most depressing time of the year…depending on if you are little Timmy or Scrooge! One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to 1. bake cookies!!! 2. decorate the house and 3. watch many, many Christmas films. So, here are my ten most favourite Christmas films to help set the mood for the rest of the season!
A Christmas Story
Could it be that A Christmas Story is this era’s A Christmas Carol? I should think so. Bold words? Yes. But this is one of the most iconic Christmas tales of all time. It captures so wonderfully the spirit of Christmas for a child. Which is, of course, assembling that oh so holy Christmas list and hoping beyond all hopes that you get that one special gift…that ultimate gift…that if you get it the entire world will change! You’ll become a hero, a legend! Ralphie is every little kid at Christmas time and his family is every family, which makes this tale so easy to connect with and relate too.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
No. I’m not in favour of the rubbish Ron Howard remake staring Jim Carrey. It’s classic all the way! Though his film is short it is a magical 30minuets as we watch the Grinch pour down his evil upon Whoville hoping to crush their Christmas spirit only to soon become aware that it isn’t about the decorations nor the gifts, it’s about something much more.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A reminder of simpler times, or is it? As poor Charlie Brown is overwhelmed with the commercialism that is corrupting Christmas he just can’t get into the mood until he is offered the role of Director for the Christmas play. Then he is able to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown is like a little old man boy. Yes, A little old man boy in the way he acts which will have you dying of laughter no matter how old you are.
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
There is nothing like sitting together with the family, snuggled up in jp’s, and watching Rudolf on a cold winters night. With classic songs and animation this film paints that picture of what you always imagined the North Pole to be like. Whimsical and Magical!
Frosty The Snowman
It’s Frosty the flippen Snowman! A must watch for the holiday season! Besides, how many times have you built a snowman and wished that it would come to life?! (As long as it isn’t a reincarnation of Michael Keaton). Frosty is a great and classic tale that needs to be experience every Christmas.
Nightmare Before Christmas
So I know that I put this in my Halloween top ten, but you know what; it’s the Nightmare Before Christmas! It will having you clinging on to what remains of the autumn season while embracing the magic that is Christmas. I love the way each Holiday has its own ‘world’ and how Jack crosses over and begins his insane take on Christmas by having ‘halloween town’ take over Christmas to give Santa a break!
Another modern classic! Plus a Will Farrell film where he doesn’t needing to resort to vulgarness to raise a laugh. Elf is a film that plays off the classics like Rudolf and Santa Claus is Coming to Town and bring us something that is so ridiculously Christmasy and so immensely funny that you can’t NOT like this film!
The only down side to this film is that Justin Bieber has music video in the extra freatures. Beyond that the film itself is brilliant. It takes the ‘legend’ of Santa and brings it to life and hilarious, new, way. I was reluctant to watch this at first, but I was so happy that I did. I can easily see this film becoming a classic Christmas film. The story is emotional and dramatic, funny and enchanting, and very original!!
Home Alone. Oh Home Alone. The crazy family going on vacation, the bratty kids, the just as bratty Kevin, and the incredibly unreliable parents who would most definitely be put in jail for forgetting their kid, is one of the best Christmas tales. With so many iconic moments like Kevin being ‘grownup’ and going to the shop for food, ordering pizza, and as two burglars expect to case an empty house find it very much not empty, and not to mention the scary old man who lives next door, you will never stop laughing.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
I have a fond place for all of these old school animated Christmas films. There is just something so special about them. The stories and the way they are told just doesn’t happen like that anymore. They are what Dr Who would call a fixed point in time. Everything seems to revolve around them, they never get boring and they never get old! Their impact on Christmas Culture is unparalleled.
Okay I’m going to add a couple of bonus tales to the list, because if I wanted I could have a list that goes on and on, because Christmas time is amazing!
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
What I think is the best Doctor Who Christmas Special to date. The story is engaging, the ‘alien’ world is awesomely Steampunk-y Victorian and the cast is suburb. Dr Who’s take on the classic Christmas Carol is very clever, very fun, and very Christmasy. Which oddly enough most of the Christmas Special are not. But this special is one that I will watch every Christmas and never stop enjoying!
The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle
Oh yes, even the great detective has a Christmas tale!! In the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A hat, a goose, and a precious stone drive Holmes and Watson through the wintery and Christmasy streets of Victorian London as they seeks answers to the riddles that have crossed their door. The Granda, Jeremy Brett version hold close to the book and it wonderfully portrayed. It would be a good addition to your Christmas time viewing.
Have a merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year!
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