For me, one of the best things about Christmastime is genuinely the films; the tv is just chock a block full of amazing festive films and it’s such an amazing excuse to snuggle up for the afternoon with cosy socks, a duvet and plenty of hot drinks and snacks! For today’s Blogmas post, I wanted to share my favourite Christmas films- which was such a great excuse to eat the mince pie props in the middle of November without any shame!!
Now, I believe in transparency and being completely honest, so here goes- I’ve never seen any of the Home Alone films. Let the lynching begin… Look, I know it’s a Christmas classic (well, the first two anyway) and that’s why I went out specifically this year to buy them because I feel like such a social pariah when I admit that they’re on the list of films I’ve never seen before; like Grease and Gremlins. Before everyone gets all in a flap, I’m going to make a point of watching them all before the new year, don’t worry, so I feel that I can include them in my list of Christmas films as I’m sure they’re solid favourites in many households.
Frozen might not be typically “Christmas” themed, but I feel like it’s a perfect December film for the run up to Christmas- snow, ice, and a banging feature song… what more could you want for a winter’s evening?? Frozen is one of my favourite films because of the theme of sisterly love conquering the evil, I think it’s such a beautiful message and I’m genuinely tearing up writing this now because I just love it so much!
The first Chronicles of Narnia film is always on tv (usually on BBC) around Christmas and my childhood Christmas memories involve watching it with my siblings or grandparents. I can’t believe The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is over 10 years old now- it came out in 2005! God that makes me feel old…
What, you didn’t think I would leave Elf out did you?! Aside from Anchorman, Elf is definitely my favourite Will Ferrell film- sorry Tom, I know you think Stepbrothers is the best film ever made by him but you’re so wrong. If I felt old with Narnia, it’s going to come as a huge shock to the system that Elf is 13 years old. SON OF A NUTCRACKER- I WAS ONLY 9 WHEN IT CAME OUT?! That’s 13 Christmases of “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?” and calling people a cotton-headed ninny muggins! Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without this film.
As a child I never liked The Grinch (again, I know this will stir up some horror in my readers) because it really freaked me out. I saw the animated Dr Seuss film first of all and something about it gave me the willies; the Grinch himself was just terrifying to me! However since becoming more cynical in my old age I’ve found myself relating to the green fella and I really like the whole idea of the film. My dad is definitely a Grinch getting all grumpy around Christmas and I’m the Cindy Lou Who of the family being really annoyingly festive and excited.
Guys, if you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (or any of the National Lampoon films actually) then you haven’t lived. I’m sure I mentioned this in last year’s Christmas films post but honestly, Chevy Chase is absolutely amazing in it as he is in all of these films. It’s the kind of slapstick family film that you can watch again and again and still find yourself crying with laughter at the utterly ridiculous things that happen to the unlucky Griswold family. I can’t watch this film enough, it’s one of my favourite films of all time to be honest just for how funny it is.
Finally, Love Actually is my ultimate favourite Christmas film. I feel like it’s the first of those interlocking stories films which have become really popular lately; like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, and the cast are just unbeatable. My favourite storyline is the Jamie and Aurélia who meet in France after Jamie’s girlfriend cheats on him, and despite not speaking each other’s languages they fall in love. I think it’s so beautiful! I swear I cry every time I watch this film but it’s so cute and festive, who honestly doesn’t like Love Actually??
Of course there are other films that I love watching at Christmas such as the entire Harry Potter saga, but these are the ones that I’ve been most drawn to this year. I had so much fun creating these flat lays and I think this is my favourite Blogmas post actually; it’s so pretty and festive! What are you favourite films to watch around Christmastime?
Remember you can still enter my giveaway by commenting your favourite Christmas memory on the post – https://daisyashcroft.com/2016/11/07/christmas-giveaway/
Lots of Love,