How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Grinch has been my favourite Christmas film for quite some time now. I usually watch it at least twice during the festive season.
In recent years I have limited my watching to only when I put up my tree and Christmas Eve. However this year I’m going to break those rules. Firstly because I didn’t watch it whilst putting up my tree and secondly because it’s a comfort film for me and I could do with a bit of that right now.
Honestly if you haven’t seen How The Grinch Stole Christmas by now I don’t know what to say. It really is the best (and most festive) film and it never fails to make me laugh. Even though I know it word for word.
Synopsis: Grinch lives in solitude just outside Whoville. He hates the townsfolk and despises Christmas. Cindy Lou, a six-year-old girl who believes in the spirit of the festival, sets out to reform him.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone is an absolute classic and a Christmas Eve must watch also. There is so much nostalgia packed into this film that even though I’ve seen it pretty much every year of my life, I never get bored of it.
I have recently started to appreciate the second film (I’m a purist so they are the only two that exist in my mind). I still prefer the original because I haven’t really seen the second that many times, but I love both of them.
Synopsis: Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
It has now become tradition to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Day. This tradition started a couple of years ago when myself and my boyfriend had our first Christmas alone – we live quite far from our families so the trip back isn’t worth it.
I feel like this is also a classic by now. A lot of people probably don’t enjoy The Muppets, I’m not terribly keen on them myself, but there’s just something so wonderful about this film.
Synopsis: Scrooge, an old miser who dislikes Christmas, is visited by spirits who foretell his future and share secrets from his past and present, which helps change his view on life.
The Santa Clause (1994)
This is my most recent watch on this list and is again what I would call a classic. What makes this film so great is the fact that it is a trilogy and I love every film.
I remember watching the third one on Christmas Day when I was younger and ever since it’s become a favourite of mine. Basically I love a lot of Christmas films purely because they hold a lot of nostalgia.
Synopsis: By helping Santa Claus with a Christmas crisis, Scott unknowingly agrees to become the next Santa Claus. Now, he has to deal with a suspicious former wife while trying to keep his secret safe.
Elf seems to be one of those marmite Christmas films. Everyone either absolutely adores this film or cannot stand it. I personally feel like I’m somewhere in the middle, but the middle that means more towards loving it.
It definitely isn’t my favourite, hence why it’s at the bottom of this list. However it is one that I watch every year without fail.
I actually brought the dvd of this yesterday from a charity shop because I didn’t know when it would be on tv and it isn’t available on any streaming services.
Synopsis: Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.
Let me know which Christmas film(s) you watch every year!
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