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Friday, 18 December 2015

My Favourite Christmas Films

We have a few Christmas films on dvd that get rolled out every year, the family favourites. School has finished for Christmas now so it's time to start our festive build up with some films.

I think my favourite that we watch every year has to be 'Its a Wonderful Life. It often ends up just being me and Andrew who watch this one.



It's a black and white film, but there are colourised versions too and it's with the wonderful James Stewart. The ultimate feel good film, a story about love, family and community



George Bailey is in trouble, but the angels have heard all the prayers as those around him ask for him to be helped. We see a quick retelling of the highlights of George's life before the angel Clarence is sent down to help him.



Poor Clarence doesn't have his wings yet, so hopefully he can help George and earn them. 'Everytime a bell rings, an angel's got it's wings'


One of our other favourites has to be 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'






I love it, from the wonderful village of Whoville with it's Christmas crazy inhabitants to the excellent grumpy Grinch who has a heart 2 sizes too small...



It's a feel good movie (just as I like Christmas films to be), the Whos in Whoville are overtaken by the commercialism of Christmas, all except little Cindylou, she wants to know what it's all about, what it really means.



I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan and often find him far too over the top for me, but he is wonderful as the Grinch, horribly 'grinchy' but also sympathetic (and I think the make up is amazing)



Another that gets played every year here is 'Deck the Halls'. A jolly jape with Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito.




Broderick plays Steve, he has a schedule to keep to so he can make it a perfect Christmas for his family, whether they think it's perfect or not!




Danny DeVito is 'Danny', all he wants is for his house to be seen from space... what could go wrong...





We always watch 'Scrooge', it's always been hubby's favourite Christmas film and Imogen loves it too. There are a few versions, but our favourite is the musical version with Albert Finney and yes we all enjoy a good old singalong with it.





It's the Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol', ghostly visitations




The epiphany for Scrooge as he realises the error of his ways and tries to make amends.





I can't make a list of our favourite Christmas films without adding 'Elf'.



Will Ferrell is a human brought up in the North Pole as an elf. He just doesn't fit in with the other elves, so when he finds out he's a human, he sets off to find his father.





Buddy the elf goes to New York where he sees things for the first time, revolving doors, the world's best cup of coffee and used chewing gum....




It's all about the Christmas spirit with plenty of laughs along the way.


There are so many brilliant Christmas films (and of course so many absolutely dire ones). I really feel I should have added the 'Santa Claus' trilogy (I do like to watch them while I do the wrapping up) and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation all about the family get togethers. but I have to stop somewhere or my list will go on and on!

Hope you're all enjoying the Christmas build up, not getting stressed, just excited. Are you watching your favourite Christmas films too?

Take care
xxx


34 comments:

  1. We love most of the same movies! One we watch every year is "A Christmas Story". Some of it was filmed in my hometown so we don't like to miss watching it.
    Take care and have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. I don't think I know that one, another to add to my list x

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  2. My list would be almost identical, although I would add the Snowman which is a throwback from when my girls were small, but the Grandchildren seem to love it too. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Never got to grips with that one, but I know it's very popular x

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  3. I watch all the Christmas films...even the dire ones! :) Hope you have a lovely Christmas x

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  4. I dearly love these movies, except that one called
    Deck The Halls' never saw that one!

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  5. My list too would be identical. But my all time favorite is It's a Wonderful Life. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Pat :)

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  6. Thinks that one of my favourite films too. I also love the Srooge films, especial the Alistair Sims one, but I saw an older Srooge film the other day dated 1935.
    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. We love to singalong to the Alistair Sims one x

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  7. Muppet Christmas Carol? Nice post!

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    1. Of course, my grown up son used to love that one x

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  8. It's a wonderful life is my favorite and also like A Christmas Story.
    The Bishops Wife is a good one too. Like you said, there are just so many good ones.

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    1. I saw The Bishops Wife recently, I do love David Niven x

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    1. Thank you, hope your christmas was a happy one x

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  10. Hello Cheryl - lovely to read your latest post....
    We've just spent an entire afternoon watching Christmas films - what's Christmas without them! I love them all - Christmas With The Kranks makes me smile, I'd read John Grisham's 'Skipping Christmas' so just had to watch the film.
    The scene in Elf where Santa and his reindeer fly does it for me every time!!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Lynda.

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    1. We have Christmas with the Kranks too, I also likeTim Allen in The Santa Claus x

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  11. I love It's a Wonderful Life too but one of my favourites has to be National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I've seen it so many times and still laugh in all the same places, it's just so funny.

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    1. Another of our favourites that comes out every year x

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  12. It's A Wonderful Life it=s my all time Christmas favorite.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. I haven't seen Elf all the way through and I've never seen It's A Wonderful Life but I am determined to change that as it's one this Christmas eve and I will make sure I see it then.
    I watched Scrooge for the first time this year and really enjoyed. I loved December 25th song from it.
    Lisa x

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  14. James Stewart, big sigh. I like the classics!
    Happy holidays, Cheryl.
    Amalia
    xo

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  15. Deck the halls has me laughing every Christmas! Jingle all the way is a great funny Christmas film - Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to get his kid the must have toy! Merry Christmas enjoy the film's x

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    1. I haven't seen Jingle all the way, will add it to our list x

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  17. A very happy and peaceful Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful day!

    Merry Christmas
    Amanda xx

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  18. We only watched one Christmas movie this year -- "Little Shop Around the Corner" with James Stewart. Happy New Year!

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