15 Dec 2014

WATCHING: My Five Favourite Festive Films


At Christmas time (there's no need to be afraid) I love nothing more than cosying up on the couch with a big mug of hot chocolate, my selection box and a good festive film. I have a few that I watch time and time again, year after year, and so I thought I'd share five of my favourites in case you're in need of a bit of inspiration. It was difficult to narrow this down to just five as I have loads of films that I love to watch at Christmas that aren't actually all that festive, but I struggled through it as I'm just *so* kind.

Love Actually
"Follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England."

It could probably be argued that this isn't a festive film but I watch it every Christmas Eve without fail and it's set at Christmas so there are lots of Christmas scenes therefore it is on my list. End of story. Anyway, this is probably the most "grown up" choice on my list as I just think it's hilarious but heartwarming in a way that so many other films try and fail to emulate. Plus the cast is top notch - it's just missing Hugh Laurie really.

Elf

"After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity."

Every year I watch Elf earlier and earlier. It really appeals to my inner child whilst still making jokes that I only really understand now I'm much older. Will Ferrell is hilarious and just makes me want to sing all the time. It's probably one of the most quotable Christmas movies out there! A lot of Christmas films can have a bit of a sad storyline so if you want something that is guaranteed to make you laugh then Elf is perfect.

Arthur Christmas

"Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours."

Okay I'll make it very clear that Hugh Laurie does voice on of the characters in this film however that is not the only reason this is on my list. It's a bit more recent than my other choices but my family and I went to see this in the cinema when it came out and we all loved it - even my dad which is unusual. It's a really heart-warming story that brought a tear to my eye (but I cry at anything) and it really emphasises how a simple little gift can mean the world to someone. Too cute.

Home Alone
"An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars."

Last Christmas (I gave you my heart) I went to see this on the big screen at the Itison Drive In at Loch Lomond Shores. It was such a great experience and I'd definitely do it again, especially if it was Home Alone. Home Alone is a pretty classic Christmas choice but somewhat shockingly I hadn't actually seen this film until a couple of years ago - it's now one of my favourites. Parts of the plot do annoy me (WHO DOES NOT CHECK IF THEY HAVE ALL OF THEIR CHILDREN WHEN GOING ON HOLIDAY?!?!?!?) but it's such a funny festive tale with so many catchphrases that sneak in to my daily conversations. 100% must watch this Christmas.



How The Grinch Stole Christmas
"A creature is intent on stealing Christmas."

Young Taylor Momsen aside it's difficult not to love this film. I've used the phrase heart-warming a lot but this film takes the biscuit when it comes to pulling at your heartstrings. It's a cute tale that really reminds you of the "true meaning" of Christmas, beyond the greed and consumer driven holiday that it's kind of become. Much like any Dr. Seuss it's both light-hearted and humourous whilst still delivering a more serious message, making it a great film for all of the family to watch. Jim Carey's performance as the Grinch is just perfect!

What are your favourite festive films?
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