4 Christmas Films I Watch Every Year

4 Christmas Films I Watch Every Year

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.”

3. Elf.

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.

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14 Comments

  1. 13th December 2018 / 12:41 pm

    I was so excited to see The Muppet Christmas Carol at the top of this list! It’s one of my absolute favourites. One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas is probably my favourite bit too, that or It Feels Like Christmas.

    • ruthinrevolt
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      14th December 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Yay! I rarely see it at the top of anyone’s list, and it makes me sad. So happy to know someone else loves it as much as I do!

  2. 13th December 2018 / 6:52 pm

    This is a great selection of festive films Ruth! Elf always makes me smile, it is such a feel-good Christmas film. Miracle On 34th Street is really sweet and It’s A Wonderful Life has such a powerful message. I’ve not seen Muppets Christmas Carol in years, I need to re-watch that again! My favourites are Home Alone, Love Actually and Jack Frost. Thanks for sharing your favourites, I really want to go watch a Christmas film now <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      14th December 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Oooh, great choices, Bexa! Love Actually is such a feel good film – I might have to make some time to watch it this weekend. Thanks for sharing your favourites 😀 xx

  3. 13th December 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Here’s my list of Christmas films we watch every year.

    1. A Christmas Story.

    2. Christmas with the Kranks.

    3. It’s a Wonderful Life.

    4. White Christmas.

    5. Polar Express.

    6. Christmas Vacation.

    7. A Charlie Brown Christmas.

    8. Holiday Inn.

    9. The Bishop’s Wife.

    10. The Santa Claus.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      14th December 2018 / 2:55 pm

      I’ve probably seen about half of these and I can say they are good choices, so I trust the others are, too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 14th December 2018 / 1:21 am

    Omg I LOVE how you included your favourite lines from the films!!! It’s a Wonderful Life is also one of my all-time, must-watch Christmas movies. That line is a fav to me as well. An unpopular opinion I have is that I don’t think Elf is as great as everyone thinks–don’t get me wrong, I do always watch it this time of year, I just don’t see all the hype myself :’)

    • ruthinrevolt
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      14th December 2018 / 2:55 pm

      I used to feel the same way about Elf, to be honest, so I do kind of understand, but it’s grown on me over the years! I think it’s because I can relate to Buddy 😉

  5. 14th December 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Wonderful choices! I probably watch Elf 3 or 4 times every year during the Christmas season, I can’t get enough of it! I’ve seen the original “Miracle on 34th Street”, but I didn’t know there was an updated version (how is that possible???) And it has Dylan McDermott? Bonus! Thanks for the recommendation!🎄

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      17th December 2018 / 8:21 am

      I can’t say I blame you! I haven’t actually seen the original version of Miracle on 34th Street so we are opposites there! 😉

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st December 2018 / 11:49 am

      Aww, what? I’m shocked! Although, rom-coms are good, to be fair! 🙂

  6. 19th December 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve never seen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ but the others are some of my favourite Christmas movies. Especially The Muppets Christmas Carol! That’s always the first one I watch. My dad bought our family “I believe” badges after we watched Miracle on 34th Street, I still have mine.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st December 2018 / 11:58 am

      That’s so cute your dad bought badges, and that you still have yours – I love that!

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