Tuesday, 1 December 2015

My Top 10 Christmas Movies

To kick off my first Blogmas post I thought I would share with you my Top 10 Christmas Movies because a good Christmas movie is guaranteed to put even the unhappiest of Scrooges into the festive spirit. First up...

1. Arthur Christmas :

Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Clause delivers presents to every last child on earth. What everyone doesn't know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It's up to Arthur, Santa's youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.

A new favourite of mine and is quickly becoming a bit of a classic Christmas movie in my house. 

2. Nativity: 

A British schoolteacher must find a way to bring his former lover, a Hollywood producer, back to London to film his class's Nativity play. 

I watch this every Christmas, more than once. It's such a great feel good movie with great songs and never fails to make me a shed a tiny happy tear. I remember one Christmas I watched it every single night from the 1st of December up until Christmas Eve. A bit excessive I know. 

3. Polar Express:

An inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.  

We always watch the Polar Express every Christmas Eve it's a Donnelly Family Christmas Tradition. It's one of those films that makes you believe in Father Christmas again. 

4. It's a Wonderful Life:

After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realise how many lives he has changed and impacted and how they would be different if he was never there. 

Christmas isn't Christmas without this movie..its an oldy but a goody.

5. ELF:

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult buddy travels to New York in search for his real father. 

A sturdy favorite in any home during the festive season.

6. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol):

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserable Ebenezer Scrooge thinks it's all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit his this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness. 

You can never see too many versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. But to me this is one of the best and a festive must see.

7. Home Alone: 

When bratty 8-year- old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallister's mistakenly leaves for the airport without Kevin, he awakens in an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realises that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home. 

In my opinion the best out of the two. I don't count the third one, let's just pretend that it didn't even happen.

8. White Christmas: 

Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas in rural Vermont. There, they run into General Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who is having financial difficulties with his failing quaint country inn. So the foursome plan a musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black. 

Another oldy but a goody stuffed full of  catchy tunes, another must see on Christmas Eve.

9.Holiday Inn: 

In this Irving Berlin musical, Jim and Lila are members of a performing trio who plan to quit and run a country hotel. When Lila says she has fallen in love with the dancer in the act, Ted, Jim leaves town with a broken heart. After turning the inn into a holidays-only live entertainment venue, Jim winds up booking and falling for Linda But when Ted shows up at the place after being dumped by Lila, he too sets his sights on beautiful Linda.

Can you tell I like the classics at Christmas. 

10. Scrooged: 

In this modern take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Frank Cross is a widely successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips. But after firing a staff member Eliot Loudermilk, on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past. 

Bill Murray as Ebenezer Scrooge is a match made in Christmas heaven, a brilliant movie with great one liners you will be saying for a very long time to come. 

What are your must see Christmas Films?

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