Blogmas 3; What are my favourite Christmas movies?
Get a pot of tea and settle down. This could be a long post.
Christmas movies are an essential family activity in our house. This year on Facebook I have listed the classic Christmas Movies we have watched so far. We started about the 6th November and it will take us all the way to Christmas Eve to see all our favourites. Here, in no sensible order at all, are some of our favourite Christmas Movies of all time;
- The Muppets' Christmas Carol. One of the most faithful representations of the spirit of the book, even if Charlie is a blue thing with a long nose and Bob Cratchit a frog. My only complaint is that the DVD version cut out a beautiful song between Belle and Ebenezer, a song I rather liked. Amazon's Muppets' Christmas Carol is only £6, and a worthy addition to any Christmas movie collection.
- Scrooge. The 1970 musical version with Albert Finney. Thank you very much, December 25th and other rollicking songs make for a heart warming midwinter watch, although I have sat and watched this in July to get me in the mood sometimes. Scrooge on Amazon is £4.
- The Polar Express. This is based on a beautifully illustrated book by the author of Jumanji and Zathura, Chris Van Allsberg. It wasn't on our watchlist during the doubting years, but we're safe here now. Do we hear the Jingle bells? You betcha!
- Elf. "I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel." Oh, and the quote about the four food groups. Cracks me up every time. Elf on Amazon is only £3. A bargain.
- It's a Wonderful life. James Stewart finds out how much of a difference one man can make to a town. A life affirming, wonderful watch. The year Mr AJ came home (on our anniversary eve) to tell me he'd lost his job, this was the Christmas movie I made him watch. Who was it said, "Our greatest deeds we do unknowingly"? Don't know, but they were wise! And the whole back story of the movie as a lost tale that could never have seen the light of day again makes it even better! Amazon's copy sells for £10.99.
- Love Actually. I love the several stories going on at once; how different ages and classes find different things in Christmas to seek out and love. And which character are you? I don't know. I think I've been Emma Thompson but nowadays am rather more Bill Nighy. Amazon have this at £6.99
- The Holiday. I make no apology for this. This is a Christmas movie worth watching just for the English cottage alone, even if only as a timely reminder that movie magic is all show and no trousers and that beautiful place Does. Not. Exist. But, ah, how I wish it were truly there. The cottage decor wins hands down against the Hollywood glamour but I think both are knocked out of the park by the brother's house, Mill House. And at £2.74 on Amazon, an undoubted bargain as well!