December is an incredibly busy month for a lot of people. There’s the huge amount of preparation which needs to be done these days. Decorations need to be on point, the search for ‘the perfect gift’ should be easier with the dawn of the Internet, however it opens up a whole world of choices to wade through which takes time. Then there’s the kids to keep busy when they break up from school, school productions, carols, arts and crafts etc etc etc.
So my list contains movies you might have overlooked when it comes to getting into the Christmas mood while chilling on your sofa in your PJ’s. (It’s sodding cold out, so indoors is on our schedule a fair bit this year).
- I chucked Love Actually (2003) on there just because I think it is a fantastic movie and needs to be watched by all! A truly heart warming movie, which explores love in all varieties and Hugh Grant dancing should be reason enough.
- Christmas Vacation (1989) is a movie which we watched pretty much all year round in our house growing up. A very funny look at pretty much all that can go wrong, does go wrong at Christmas movie. A MUST! Also the animated credits at the start are funny enough on their own!
- Santa Claus The Movie (1985) When Santa’s eager-to-please elf Patch leaves the North Pole for the big streets of New York City, he becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon’s plans to take over Christmas. I loved this movie growing up, and I plan on making my children watch it again this year.
- The Snowman (1982) Wordless animated adventure about a young boy who makes a snowman on Christmas Eve, which comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Classic movie, where words aren’t needed. The song will be stuck in your head for ages afterwards too.
- Gremlins (1984) Introducing Gizmo the incredibly cute little fur ball, but when his new owner doesn’t follow the rules, all hell breaks loose. It’s set at Christmas time, therefore qualifies. hehehe
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) This was the first movie I watched at the cinema with my friends (minus adults). A quirky take on Christmas with some catchy songs and funny one liners. A must watch for sure.
- Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) The Christmas edition from the incredibly funny ‘Ernest’ movies. See this dimwit save Christmas and laugh yourself silly with his antics. Your kids will love it!
- Scrooged (1988) A ‘modern’ adaptation of the classic Dickens novel Christmas Carol. A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve and of course re-evaluates his behaviour.
- Die Hard (1988) Ok, so this movie is on here because my husband INSISTS that it’s a Christmas movie. I’m in two minds, but it is set at Christmas and it does break up the smooshy stuff with a bit of action. Plus Bruce Willis in his prime in a vest. SOLD
- Arthur Christmas (2011) Arthur Christmas reveals ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. The film’s hero is Arthur, Santa’s son and his mission to complete Christmas on time. A funny alternative to reindeers.
Just looking through this list makes me need to line up my movies ready to watch. Can you tell I was born in the 1980’s? hehehe A great decade for Christmas movies clearly.
What are you favourite Christmas movies?