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!
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.
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.
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.
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!