What better way to get into the festive spirit than to chuck on your favourite jammies and curl up on the couch with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film?
Not sure about anyone else, but there’s something about Christmas films that just bring out your inner child. Maybe it’s because we love to re-watch old classics? Or, maybe it’s just the joyous feelings that Christmas films bring; watching loved ones reunite and the odd mischievous elf or two!
This festive season we’ll all be making the most of the chance to kick back on the couch and chill out - after this year it is well deserved indeed! So, we thought that it would be fun to share some of our favourite Christmas movies with you.
Let’s get started!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Yes, there are many different takes on the Charles Dickens’ classic story The Christmas Carol but is any quite as charming than The Muppets’ version? Miss Piggy, Kermit and friends tell the tale with their usual Muppet antics making it a great watch for all of the family. Some rather catchy tunes to sing along to also!
The Polar Express
A childhood favourite! Based on the 1985 book, the film sees a young boy beginning to question if Father Christmas is real, joining fellow children aboard a mysterious train headed for the North Pole. A journey to once again believing in the magic of Christmas! After all, only those who believe can hear the bell ring.
Be careful what you wish for at Christmas time, a young Kevin finds this out the hard way after wishing for his family to leave him alone and just that happening. Home Alone is a staple for many people’s cosy Christmas nights in. We can all agree that our favourite scene is five minutes of pure hilarity as Harry and Marv try to break into the family home only to be met with an obstacle course of booby traps.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr.Seuss and Jim Carrey - what more could you wish for? We watch as the less than festive Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for all of Whoville by robbing their presents, decorations and more on Christmas Eve. That is until the charming Cindy-Lou interrupts and embarks on showing the Grinch that Christmas is about more than presents; it’s about being with the people that you love. A firm family favourite in our house!
Lampoon’s National Christmas Vacation
Kids of the 80s will remember when this comical festive film hit the screens. Clark wants to give his entire family a Christmas that they’ll never forget which he certainly achieves. Only it could have done with less fire, rascal squirrels and a run in with the law! It’s a heart-warming film, which certainly portrays how chaotic the Christmas season can be and reminds us that we were right to leave certain classic 80s fashion trends where they belong.
You probably need little explanation of this movie but we’ll recap just in case. Buddy the Elf (played by Will Ferrell - a legend!) discovers that he is not actually an elf, but a human that Santa Claus accidentally brought back to the North Pole. Buddy leaves his elf family behind in search of his real family in New York where fitting in to human life isn’t so easy. One of the most endearing parts of the film is a short duet from Jovie and Buddy doing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’ Can we take a moment to appreciate Zooey Deschanel’s singing voice?
After telling a not-so-little white lie that Hollywood producers would be sitting in on St. Bernadette primary school’s nativity play, teacher Paul Maddens finds himself in a spot of bother. With a group of kids he can’t let down, and huge media attention, Mr Maddens has to find a way to make his lie come true. A light-hearted and easy watching film that the kids always enjoy.
We had to get a rom-com onto the list and the ultimate dose of festive joy is Love Actually. Telling ten different stories of characters going through the highs, lows and fuzzy warm feelings of love. We have to applaud whoever cast the film. Have you ever seen such a star-studded film? Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightly, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and many more familiar faces.
There are still many more feel-good Christmas classics in our DVD collections (yes, DVD’s, who remembers them!). We’d love to hear your favourite festive films and from everyone at Quince & Cook we wish you a merry Christmas x