Netflix has recently released ‘The Christmas Chronicles‘, a film which Paul and I saw advertised earlier last month and have been wanting to watch ever since. It may only be November but I’m all for being festive, any excuse to kick back on the sofa and to enjoy a film with the family.
The Christmas Chronicles was far better than we had expected, J was certainly entertained although E found it a bit beyond her age range. Having sat and soaked up a festive film, it got me thinking as to what my favourite films for this time of year might be. I therefore decided to put together a list of my ‘five favourite festive films’ to share with you.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
I first watched this movie as a young child whilst being babysat by my good friend Lauren. She very kindly brought over this Disney delight which we sat together and enjoyed watching. I have watched ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol‘ religiously every Christmas ever since. This Dickens adaptation is a touching, hilarious and marvellously Muppety Christmas classic which I will forever adore.
The Polar Express
Despite his popularity, I’m not really a huge fan of Tom Hanks. However, his animated counterpart played a beautiful role in The Polar Express. Both our children love this film and whilst its animated, it’s extremely detailed to a point where things appear real. Promoting the element of ‘belief’, this fantastic film touches upon a range of emotive storylines, all of which are moulded together to create a magical, festive film for all ages to enjoy.
Jingle All The Way
I love a bit of Arnie, especially when he’s away from his Terminator type role. This family favourite tells the tale of the man who left Christmas till last-minute. I first watched this film a few years ago and laughed my socks off at the cheese factor of the film. However, a few years down the line I have grown to love ‘Jingle All The Way‘, it’s not quite as good as Kindergarden Cop but it’s a close competitor.
Home Alone & Home Alone 2
Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without watching the Home Alone films. Both Home Alone 1 & 2 are equally as good as each other, our son certainly seems to think so as he loves to laugh along at the slap-stick scenes featured in these films. Home Alone is a nineties necessity which in my eyes will never age.
The Santa Clause
I have all three films from the Santa Clause trilogy and each one of them I enjoy. However, the first film is by far the best (as the original of anything tends to be). The Santa Clause tells the tale of a man who accidentally becomes Santa and must learn to live with his new ‘role in the Pole’. This is a firm, family favourite which I’m sure I’ll be watching yet again over the next few weeks.
So there you have it, those are my five favourite festive films. I’d love to hear what your festive favourites are so be sure to add a comment or drop me an email. Here’s to enjoying many more movies in the run up to the big day!