We all have them. Christmas films we have to watch every year to get us into the spirit of things. I love lighting some candles, making a hot chocolate and snuggling under the blanket while they are on.
Without further ado, here are the four Christmas films I HAVE to watch every year:
1. Muppets Christmas Carol.
My all time favourite Christmas film and a firm favourite within my family. I have fond memories of watching this so I can’t let Christmas slip by without sticking it on and singing along. The combination of happy nostalgia and timeless songs make it feel heartwarmingly familiar.
For me, this is the film I put on and can instantly say “yep, it’s Christmas!” It has a perfect balance between the message of a Christmas Carol, and fun of The Muppets.
If I ever have a family of my own, watching this will be a tradition, without a doubt.
Favourite bit: When Kermit sings One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life.
Although I generally don’t have the patience to sit through films of this length (2 hours and 10 minutes), it’s worth it. It’s beautifully crafted to serve as a poignant reminder of the way we touch people’s lives – even when we’re unaware of it.
The powerful message in this film is reason enough to make it a regular, but it’s also my Mum’s favourite. She watches it every Christmas Eve. That connection makes it a little bit more special to me.
Favourite bit: “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”
There are parts of this film which are just downright silly, and I love that. Christmas should be fun. We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it and what better way to reconnect with what it’s all about than through the eyes of an elf?
It does always make me desperately want to visit New York at Christmas, though. While I know, realistically, it would be far too busy for me, it looks incredible. I’d love to see it one day.
I don’t know how anyone could watch this and not love every second of it. Buddy is a perfect representation of how I feel about Christmas. Maybe I was one of Santa’s elves in a past life?
Favourite bit: “SANTA’S COMING!!!”
4. Miracle On 34th Street.
The 1994 version. It just gives me the warm fuzzies.
It’s going to sound cheesy, but I love the way this film demonstrates how you should open your heart to the magic life has to offer. Both Dorey and Susan are skeptical of Christmas, until they are made aware of all its glory. And, of course, the existence of Santa! I love the character progression we witness in both of them.
Running parallel to that is the love story of Dorey and Bryan Bedford which, again, demonstrates how you have to be open to things in order for them to change your life.
Let’s not forget the fact Dylan McDermott looks pretty dreamy in this so that always helps.
Favourite bit: When everyone expresses their belief in Santa Claus with the signs in the windows and such.