Happy happy Monday, and welcome back to Life With Ktkinnes! Today, for Blogmas Day 2, we will be looking at my favourite films to watch at this time of year. You never know, you might find you have your film choice for tonight sorted by looking at my list!
So a lot of weeks back, a list started circulating on social media – a film advent calendar for want of a better word, a bit like the one I did on my blogmas posts a few years back. I was reading through that list when I realised that really I have my top 11 films that I watch on repeat every year. Then I thought, why don’t I share them with you all?
1. Home Alone
First up, who doesn’t love Home Alone?! I know the sequels were… interesting… but it’s still a favourite! Kevin McCallister, who is a 8-year-old boy, is forsaked at home while his family is on holiday in France. When Kevin realizes that he is forgotten, he knows that he must take care of himself. Meanwhile, 2 thieves – Harry and Marv are keeping eyes on Kevin’s house because of knowing this fact. Join Kevin as he approaches Christmas Day on his own, knowing his house is going to be targeted! A few years ago I posted a “watch-along-live-blogging” while watching Home Alone, which you can find here.
Buddy is a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Buddy struggles to adjust to life with humans, however he teaches them that the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear! Found here. Now I won’t lie to you, I’m not really a fan of WIll’s acting in this one. But I love the ethos of this film. “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer…”
3. The Polar Express
Young hero boy on Christmas Eve embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. I don’t think we ever learn his name, or if we do I can’t remember it. There are a few odd moments in this one but it is a must see for everyone! Found here. Can you still hear the bell?
4. A Christmas Carol (1951)
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. The perfect film for all the scrooges out there! Found here. Now there are several adaptations of this brilliant story, but this is by far my favourite. In fact, I rewatched this one recently because I’ve been studying it for my Open University course.
5. It’s A Wonderful Life
A compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman decides to end his life, and an angel who has not earned his wings yet comes to convince that “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This one is best if you can watch it in black and white, in my opinion. There’s something about watching black and white films that just adds to the Christmas feeling. Found here. This is definitely more towards the top of the list of my favourite Christmas films, but I know it’s the Marmite of Christmas films. I think you have to see it for the first time at the right time in your life. Also, I suppose I should probably give fair warning or a trigger warning – contains reference to suicide. Not the most Christmassy of topics, but one that doesn’t only apply to certain times of the year. I guess you have to watch it to understand.
6. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
Three short Christmas stories, starring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Max, Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Found here. Don’t judge me. This is one of my childhood favourites, so there’s still that little something magical about it. Watching it fills me with the nostalgia of Christmas past – back when Santa and the elves and the reindeer were still real, and snow fell at Christmas instead of in March. I might actually watch this one tonight… Mondays always leave me wanting something cosy to enjoy!
7. The Santa Clause
Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? Found here. This is definitely my favourite! Who doesn’t dream that their dad becomes Santa and you get to fly round the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer?
8. Miracle on 34th Street
Six year old Susan has always doubt about the most enduring miracle of Santa Claus. When her mother tells her the “secret” of Santa Claus, she no longer expects special gifts from him. But after visiting a special store, she receives the most valuable present and maintain her faith. Found here. I always watch the 1994 version, but you’re sure to feel Christmassy after watching any of the versions of it?
9. Love Actually
With a slow rhythm, eight love stories turn intersect without disturbance. Besides, each affair which carries a different color: romantic, humorous and insightful … shows a sweet song about love. Found here. Now this is one that I could watch on repeat. Best thing about it is you can get away with watching it at any time of year because who does’t love a rom-com?!
10. Santa Clause: The Movie
A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer’s scheme to take over Christmas. Found here. This is Mum’s favourite, so has always been watched around the Christmas period.
11. Jack Frost
A worth watching movie tells a story of Jack Frost, an often-traveling blues musician, who spends too much time on working but his family. Then a car accident suddenly takes his life away, which makes he start to think about the dearest people in his life- his family. Jack comes to life one day under the shape of a snowman to fix his lost time. Found here. I remember seeing trailers for this when I was about 6 or 7 years old and thinking it looked terrifying, but it genuinely is one of my favourites now!
So what would you agree with me on? Or which of your favourites have I left off my list? I really wish I could go back in time to my uni days where it would’ve been exam season and I could find an excuse to watch Christmas films all day… but instead, I suppose I’d better get out of bed and into work! Is it too early to wear a Christmas jumper into the office??