Something Different: The Christmas Movies I like

Anyone who has ever had the real misfortune of reading this blog at this time of year know that I love Christmas. I love old 70’s classics like the Two Ronnie’s, turkey, mince pies, the World Championship Darts, turkey, Christmas music, Dr Who a Christmas Day must, turkey and Christmas films. I am not so much a present person, in that I don’t want anything and I honestly mean that, but I love seeing my family open their gifts as I make an effort to surprise them and I always spend too much but never ever debt, don’t do debt at Christmas.

So the tree is up by now for most people, mines included, the first mince-pie has its date set and the first movie is needing to be watched but which one? I don’t have a huge amount of favourite Christmas movies so here are my favs in no particular order.

Home Alone (1990)

Who doesn’t love this film, it is so funny and stupid but a must every Christmas. Joe Pesci is brilliant in this film.

A Christmas Vacation (1989)

Really silly but very funny and while I didn’t watch this last year it is on the list for this year. Chevy Chase is really good in this and the silliness and the family from hell are brilliant.

Holiday Inn (1942)

I remember seeing this as a kid and just thought why can’t we get snow like that, I want snow like that. The film is cheesy and of its time but who doesn’t love White Christmas by Bing Crosby, one of the best Christmas songs ever.

A Christmas Story (1983)

My oldest son loved this when he was a kid and it is brilliant in so many ways. Ralphie wants a BB gun for Christmas really badly and this is about him thinking about it and the adventure that leads to the big day. A wonderful film and if you haven’t seen it check it out.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

For some the best Christmas movie ever made and it is certainly up there with the best. It is such a feel good movie and a real tear jerker, even I have a wee sniffle at this one and James Stewart and Donna Reid are brilliant.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

I saw this for the first time as an adult and really liked it, Charlie has the blues and has to find the Christmas cheer, a wonderful short film.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

There is some debate around this one and re-make in the 90’s. Not for me, this is a great film. It is one of the few Christmas movies I was able to watch last year and I loved it. Such a lovely film and a keeper.

The Snowman (1982)

I remember watching this on Channel Four and it was just plain lovely, end of. A classic and a must, I watched this last year and will watch it this year.

So just some of the films I enjoy and hope to enjoy again this Christmas.

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3 Responses to Something Different: The Christmas Movies I like

  1. George says:

    You missed out ‘Bad Santa’

  2. CapnAndy says:

    Muppet Christmas Carol.
    For me it’s simply the best version of a great story. Michael Caine is superb. Still has me in tears and I’m no youngster.

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