Monday, 9 December 2013

The 12 Films of Christmas

This is my 100th blog post and the journey to this has been amazing. I asked my hubby if he would like to collaborate on this piece with me as it was his idea for me to blog in the first place (Thank you hubby). We came up with The 12 Films of Christmas because we both love films and I love Christmas (Hubby has tendencies of being a humbug). I hope you all enjoy and thank you for your support since I started this blog last May! Hope you enjoy the movies we picked...

One of the many things we love about Christmas is sitting by the fire with friends and family and watching some films. I mean, who doesn't like that? So as a little challenge we've come up with what we feel are twelve films that deserve an airing over the few days of Christmas and, as a guide, what time they're best viewed at. Ready? Here it goes: 

Christmas Eve

Morning: Miracle on 34th Street (Original)
Given the day that's in it, this is too good not to feature. Perfect for getting the family ready for that last minute trip into town.

Afternoon: Muppet Christmas Carol
So you've made it back home from town in one piece, with a lighter wallet. What better to take your mind off things than what we feel is the best version of this classic story. It's got Muppets, Michael Caine, and some cracking songs. After all "there's only one more sleep 'till Christmas"

Evening: Home Alone
In a time before we had youtube, this was what you watched to see people injure themselves in a hilarious manner. In all seriousness though this one is a Christmas classic, with a fantastic soundtrack and some great characters. An easy film for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Night: Die Hard
The stockings are hung, the kids are in bed, and Santa's milk and cookies are left out in the dining room. Before the madness of the following day, the adults in the house could do worse than unwind to this (unorthodox) Christmas favourite. "Not a Christmas film" you say? It's set on Christmas Eve, "Let it Snow" plays over the end credits, and it's about a family reconnecting at this, the most magical time of the year. What more do you want?

Christmas Day

Morning: Elf
A relative newcomer to the Christmas movie scene, this is the perfect film for the Christmas morning madness. While the adults are tidying up and preparing for possible visitors and Christmas dinner, the kids (and big kids) can take time out and enjoy one of Will Ferrell's best films. Chances are any kids in the house will be as hyper as Buddy himself, so this might settle them down.

Afternoon: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The "Harry Potter" films are becoming a staple of Christmas TV, so why not embrace this fact and revisit the first in the series. It's probably the best one to watch for a number of reasons. First off, the films tend to get darker as the series progresses, and you don't want to be dealing with that on Christmas Day. Secondly, there may be a few relatives over, so putting on the first film in the series negates a lot of explaining who certain characters are and explaining plot points from previous films. 

Evening: It's a Wonderful Life
After dinner, this film is the perfect dessert and a great way to end the kids day before bed. A slight variation on the "Christmas Carol" theme, this one is a joy to watch thanks in no small part to James Stewart's classic performance. 

Night: Skyfall
It wouldn't be Christmas without at least one showing from James Bond. The most recent addition to the canon is a great one for parents to unwind to after the end of what tends to be the busiest day of the year. It's a throwback to the classic Bond films that those of us of a certain age grew up watching. So pick apart the last of the selection boxes, and enjoy.

St. Stephen's Day

Morning: Toy Story
No better way to celebrate the arrival of some new toys than with Pixar's classic from 1995. Chances are everyone knows every word of dialogue at this stage, but it never gets old and there are as many jokes for kids to enjoy as there is for adults.

Afternoon: Mary Poppins
Another Christmas staple is this Disney classic that is choc full of classic songs, and a great turn from Julie Andrews. When I was growing up, I never even questioned Dick Van Dyke's over the top cockney accent.

Evening: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Like James Bond before him, no Christmas is complete without catching up with the adventures of Indiana Jones. At the moment, and this changes monthly, this is my favourite of the Indiana Jones trilogy (the fourth film doesn't exist in my world). The relationship between Indiana (Harrison Ford) and his father Henry (the original Bond, Sean Connery) makes for some great comedy, and the action scenes are still as spectacular now as they were back in the day.

Night: Titanic
What would Christmas be without watching at least one three hour long film somewhere along the way. We've gone for James Cameron's "Titanic". Hugely popular on it's initial release, it's been the butt of many jokes since but undeservedly so in our opinion. Don't start it too late though, or you'll be up until all hours!

So there you have it. The twelve films of Christmas, according to us. Now, we're not suggesting that you monopolise your free time over the festive season watching films, but if you do find yourself with some downtime you could do a lot worse than check out some of the films above. Yes you've probably seen them many times before but then again, they are classics. You've got nothing to lose.

You can check out my husband's blog over at Small Screen Saver where you can get your fix of reviews.

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic picks, I'd add in Bad Santa too!

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    1. Thanks Makeup Monster :) I have never seen Bad Santa must try for this Christmas! x

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  2. Great choices, I have Mary Poppins on my Sky planner to watch, watched Miracle on 34th Street. Would add the Polar Express, have you seen it?

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    1. I have seen it and really liked it. We had it on the short list but it didn't make it to final cut so hoping it will be on the 2014 list we have planned already :)

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