I love a good Christmas movie, don’t you? There’s nothing quite like curling up with a glass of eggnog and a gingerbread cookie to watch one of your Christmas favourites. Today as part of 5 Fandom Friday with The Nerdy Girlie, I’m sharing the 5 films I watch every Christmas without fail.
1. A Muppet Christmas Carol
This is, without a doubt my favourite Christmas film. It’s a heartwarming take on a classic tale with a killer soundtrack. Oh, and The Muppets are in it, so you basically can’t go wrong. I tear up every time I hear Kermit as Bob Cratchit give his speech about the death of Tiny Tim. It’s ridiculous how much I’m moved by a talking frog puppet.
2. The Hogfather
The Hogfather is a 2-part tele-movie that is based on the book by Terry Pratchett. When The Hogfather (the Discworld equivalent to Santa Clause) goes missing, Death must step in to take his place. All the while, Death’s granddaughter, Susan, is trying to figure out who is behind the Hogfather’s disappearance. This film is clever, funny and perfect for those who don’t usually get into traditional Christmas stories.
3. Blackadder’s A Christmas Carol
This hilarious one-hour episode puts a spin on the traditional Christmas tale. Ebeneezer Blackadder (played by the awesome Rowan Atkinson) is the nicest man in London. But on Christmas night he is visited by the Spirit of Christmas, who gives him a glimpse of his ancestors and of Christmases to come, and gives him the idea that it just might be more profitable to act like a prick.
4. Love Actually
Love is all around at Christmas. Sometimes it’s amazing, and sometimes it hurts like hell. The reason I adore this film (aside from the amazing cast and the many hilarious jokes) is that it celebrates all kinds of love: true love, lust, unrequited love, companionship. Not all the stories end happily, which is the way it is in real life. But it’s an awesome film all the same.
5. Miracle on 34th Street.
I’ve always held tight to the fantasy of Santa Clause. Miracle on 34th Street is all about the importance of belief and the joy that we can take from celebrating those things that aren’t entirely logical. The legal eagle in me also loves seeing a court case that debates the existence of Santa Clause. There are two versions of this film, but I personally prefer the modern adaptation starring Mara Wilson.
What are your must-watch Christmas films? Please feel encouraged to leave your own list in the comments.
Terrific list!!! A Muppet’s Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street always make my cut, too, along with White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, and the Christmas episodes of some of my favourite childhood TV shows spanning everything from Fraggle Rock to Home Improvement. 🙂
Meet Me in St Louis is another of my favourites. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve heard Judy Garland crooning “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. It’s a classic.