So it’s that time of year again, Christmas! I usually have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas, some years I love it, some years I dread it, usually because I haven’t been very organised and other years I just can’t be bothered with it.
This year I am looking really forward to Christmas and I think it is because I have been quite organised, for once! I have even finished my Christmas shopping. So now I feel ready for Christmas.
I’ve been spending my evenings snuggled under my duvet watching Christmas films. So I thought I would share some of my all-time favourites with you…
I just LOVE this film for so many reasons. When it first came out I had a bit of a crush on Hugh Grant (he was the rom-com king at the time) and I love how all the characters intertwine. It just has a lovely feel-good factor and makes me feel very Christmassy.
The music is also beautiful. Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson steel the film for me, and of course so does Hugh Grant.
I haven’t watched this film for a few years, I sort of forgot about it. So this entry is a re-discovery and after not watching it for a few years made me love it even more.
Ok I’ll admit that some parts are a little cheesy (the ending just before the credits especially) and the timeline is a bit messed up but I’m willing to overlook these as I’m a massive romantic at heart. The storylines between the four main characters are lovely. I also think the friendship between Iris and her neighbour is so sweet.
Apart from the beautiful snowy scenes in Surrey, for me the star of this film is Jude Law, you just want to give his character Graham a massive hug and I think he is a real gentleman, I also laugh every time I see Mr Napkin head!
Home Alone 1 and 2
Ok, in my opinion, you can’t have Christmas without watching Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 2, they come as a package deal, you can’t watch one without the other! I can’t choose a favourite either.
These films remind me of my childhood as I think I was a similar age to Kevin when they first came out. I remember that my brother and I had a talkboy and a talkgirl tape recorder that Kevin has in the second film… yep, you read right a talkgirl! (The same but in girly colours of course!)
I love how he always outsmarts Harry and Marv twice! (they never seem to learn) and he always thinks on his feet.
You also have to laugh how useless his parents are, leaving Kevin behind not once but twice!
These films always make me feel Christmassy and the soundtracks are pretty good too.
Ok, I know this isn’t really a Christmas film, but I have included it because it is always on during Christmas (so it counts) and my boyfriend and I watched all of the Shrek films when we were first dating, so it has some lovely memories of our first Christmas together.
I love how the film is for kids and adults, the jokes especially are aimed at us adults. Donkey by far is my favourite character, and how his cheerful personality finally wins Shrek over.
It is an alternative fairytale and it reminds me of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and it has a bit of a pantomime feel to it, which feels very festive.
For me, it isn’t Christmas until I’ve watched Elf. I have to watch it every year. Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf is so funny, I love how over excited he always is and how he views the world in a very sweet and innocent way.
My favourite quote of the film is when Santa tells Buddy that a peep show doesn’t mean you can look at the presents early! (makes me giggle every time)
Set in New York, which is another reason why I watch this film. I just love New York and I was so happy when I finally got to go last year.
Elf is my go-to Christmas film and it never fails in making me feel Christmassy.
These are my top five favourite films to watch at Christmas.
I would love to know what your favourite festive films are. Leave me a comment below and Happy Christmas x