Monday, November 16, 2015

My Top Ten Christmas Movies (and a Giveaway!)

I know it's still November, but for me this month is all about preparation and getting things in order - there's so much to enjoy at this time of year and so much fun to look forward to in the weeks ahead!  I'm continuing with my 8 week plan pretty faithfully and am making decent headway on all tasks.  Life takes me to Newcastle today but I'm making decent progress on gift-buying, get-together planning, food prep, crafting and general silliness.  Prepping this early isn't for everyone but I love it - it affords me so much time next month to relax and soak up the season.  And celebrate my birthday, too!

The other day I was talking to some friends about our favourite Christmas movies.  As an ex-film & English student (good times, my friends) and a music fiend I never need to convinced to compile a list of films, music or books I adore!  Rather like Barry in High Fidelity, I have opinions to spare when it comes to those cultural elements.

I enjoyed chatting about festive films so much that I decided to share my list here - some entries you may agree with, some you may think are fine but wouldn't make the cut for your collection, some may actively enrage you!  Bring it - I love a good (friendly) debate about pop culture.  I can certainly think of at least one movie (The Nightmare Before Christmas) which simply slipped off my radar when I was chatting about this list!

I've enjoyed this so much that I've decided to make it a giveaway - at the bottom of the post you can read how to win my top ten Christmas films on DVD, just in time for Christmas!

I present these as a top ten, with no other ranking - my top three within these always changes!

Die Hard

John McClane.  Hans Gruber (RICKMAN ALERT).  Yippe-kay-yay!  Such a fun action film, and as it's set at Christmas I decided it could definitely make the cut.

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

I'm a child of the eighties....I think it was mandated I had to watch this every year while we were growing up.

It's A Wonderful Life

I love Capra's films anyway, but this is such a special, moving film.  For me it really sums up the season of goodwill.

The Holiday

Such a cheesey chickflick.  If you hate chickflicks it's not going to convert you, but if you like them?  Bring it on!  Feelgood, sweet, and Jack Black as a romantic lead - an unexpected treat.

Second time I've mentioned Jack Black in this post.  Unexpected.


Good, silly fun, and a sweet message too!  Make yourself a hot chocolate and curl up with this treat.

Love Actually

I love to watch this every year, and have done since its release in 2003.  I had no idea when I started that tradition that I'd eventually be celebrating London Christmasses of my own.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A really beautiful movie, again with a heartwarming message.

Sleepless in Seattle

Perhaps not strictly a Christmas movie, but I watch it every year around this time.  There's something about Meg Ryan singing 'Horses, horses, horses, horses' while driving along that makes me feel Christmassy.

Home Alone

Such a sweet family film!  Lots of comedy but a great little story too.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

I think I could sing this film from memory.  A true classic.

This giveaway is live until midnight here in London on 30th November (so the wee small hours), and I'll announce on Wednesdsay 2nd December and mail it out as soon as I can to the winner after that!  I think it's a fun prize and hope you'll consider entering.  There are three ways to enter - leaving a comment, tweeting about the giveaway, or following me on twitter if you're yet to join the fun over there (so many gifs!).  As the DVDs are Region 2 (Europe, Japan, ME, SA and Egypt) you will need a DVD player or computer which plays those happily.

If you do leave a comment, I'd love to know - what's your favourite Christmas movie, and why?  I can think of at least two or three more that could easily make the cut!

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  1. "Elf" because it just makes me smile! And for the line: "You sit on a throne of lies!" x

  2. I Love the Polar Express Christmas Film :)

  3. It's a Wonderful Life - a classic film with a good message.

  4. Whoops...pressed the wrong button!
    I do wonder if The Godfather counts as a Christmas movie since a chunk of it takes place at that time, something I never noticed till I saw it again recently!

  5. I love the innocent exuberance of Elf so it definitely goes on my list.

    But my G.O.A.T. Christmas film is It's a Wonderful Life. Not just because I watched it a lot growing up but because my littlest sister and I watched it together when we were attending university far from home one Christmas. Turned into a bit of a quote-along since we both knew and loved so many of the lines.

    We also ate Tofurkey that year but the less said about that, the better.

  6. What a lovely giveaway!

    A Christmas movie for me? Annie.

    I love Annie, watch it every year!

    Jill xx

  7. It's so hard either Elf or It's a wonderful life - two of my favorites :)

  8. Love actually! We watch it every year! xx

  9. What about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? We also watched Christmas with the Kranks yesterday on C5!

  10. Definitely Elf! Can't wait to watch it again this year x

  11. It's a Wonderful Life - a classic film

  12. Home alone - it's such a classic and so funny.

  13. Elf because it's sweet and funny and makes me want to believe in Santa again.

  14. I love the Polar express because it is so magical!

  15. national lampoons xmas vacation its just a fab silly comedy

  16. What a difficult choice but I think I would go for 'Nativity' as it reminds me so much of working in schools (@foxyowl)

  17. Mary popping as reminds me of childhood Christmas

  18. The Holiday. It's funny and sweet.

  19. Titanic always reminds me of Christmas because one year I watched it eight times!!

  20. polar wxpress magical film to watch especially on xmas eve thankyou

  21. My favourite film is The Grinch as for me it shows the different sides and attitude's to Christmas and it makes me feel all warm and Christmas-sy inside!

  22. Oh tis a toughie but probably either Elf or The Santa Clause :)

  23. Elf - the whole family loves it!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst


  25. Mine is Home Alone - such great slapstick and one all the family laugh at & enjoy
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

  26. I love Elf, just such a fun movie :)

  27. Home Alone because I used to watch it with my children when they were little

  28. Wizard of oz it was always on every Christmas I loved it :)

  29. The Holiday - it makes me fuzzy with feel good .. or it could be Jude Law at his best! either way it makes Christmas great

  30. Home Alone - it brings back such good memories and doesn't feel like Christmas until I've watched it :)

  31. I would struggle to choose also! We adore watching a Christmas film in the run up to Christmas all cosy by the fire. I would have to choose The Holiday as its funny, warm & has the feel good factor with a happy ending x x

  32. The Polar Express, great movie, my little ones really enjoy it.

  33. white christmas is my favourite as its one of the first musicals I watched with my mam when I was very little and still remember it to this day

  34. I love your selection, mine would contain many of the same! My favourite is Miracle On 34th Street, and it has to be the 1994 version :) The others just don't do it for me in the same way!

    1. oops, forgot the why! Well, not forgot exactly - I'm not really sure why, I suppose because it's a film that really gets me into the spirit, I love the message and it just makes me feel good :)

  35. The Polar Express as it's a big favourite in my family :)

  36. Jingle all the way because its Christmassy, funny and has action. Good old Arnie getting himself in a pickle because he forgot to get the toy!.

  37. We love watching Elf!
    What an amazing giveaway, my kids would love this.
    Thank you for the chance x

  38. i love Home Alone since I saw it in Ukraine growing up

  39. Elf makes me laugh until my sides hurt.

    Lynsey Buchanan

  40. Home Alone is a firm favourite in our house as it appeals to a wide age range and it's just so funny :)

  41. It's a Wonderful Life - a classic

  42. Some great films on your list but my favourite is The Polar Express. It just throbs with Christmas Joy and is also a poignant nostalgia trip for the magic of childhood.

  43. me and the kids love watching Elf

  44. Mine is Elf because it is the one film from grandparents to grandchildren that we can all settle down to watch as a family bringing lots of fun and laughter.

  45. I love Elf - it makes me smile every time I watch it and its a great movie to watch with the whole family x

  46. Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York

  47. A Christmas Story as it reminds me of my childhood

  48. Home alone! Such a fab story about how important family is!

  49. Such a tricky one, but I'm also going to go for Elf

  50. I like Miracle on 34th Street, it was the first Xmas film I remember

  51. Home alone 😀 my absolute favourite because the little boy is just the best ever x

  52. Home Alone, I remember being a child and watching this with a massive smile on my face, we now watch it every Christmas as brings a bit of that magic to me and my kids who now love it like I do x

  53. Home alone soo funny i love it every year and still manage to laugh! xx

  54. I love Elf but it really is hard to pick just one we have different films for different days over Christmas. Christmas eve is more Santa Claus whilst Boxing Day we like a bit of Die Hard xx

  55. polar express is just fantastic i love it

  56. Nightmare Before Christmas, can't beat Time Berton at Christmas.

  57. I like the grinch or nightmare before christmas - because they are not obvious feel good christmas films

  58. Santa Claus: The Movie - it's just a classic family film and has always been part of my Christmas tradition and will remain so now with my children.

  59. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, because it always makes the whole family laugh :)


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