Are you feeling festive? With 2 assignments due on Monday, I’m not quite there yet either. You can bet though that as soon as I hit submit on that last essay, I’ll be putting on a pair of Christmas pyjamas and cosying up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and popping on some christmassy films to get me in the mood.
If you’re feeling like a Christmas film binge too, here are my top 5 festive films to watch in the lead up to the big day!
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2002)
While you don’t need an excuse to watch this film again, last month was its 20th anniversary! So, go on! Pop it on and celebrate the film that kicked off a ton of relatable memes!
And while it’s full of laughs, it has a big ol’ heart (which grows 3 sizes!) at the centre of it as Grinch comes to realise that Christmas isn’t supposed to be about materialistic things but love and togetherness instead.
- Deck The Halls (2006)
This is one of the films that is so bad, that it is good. A guilty pleasure of mine if you will. While admittedly it doesn’t get the best reviews, it is a feel good that follows two fathers trying to outdo each other in decorating their houses for Christmas.
And it gets extra points because it stars the impeccable Danny DeVito! (I love his work!)
- Elf (2003)
I’m just going to say it….Elf is my favourite Christmas film of all time! It is faultless. It also taught us important life lessons such as being able to name the 4 main food groups -candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup – as well as the Code of Elves: “the best way to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear”.
This is now a personal philosophy of mine. Get me to a carol concert right now!!!
- Home Alone (1990)
To be frank, Home Alone is a holiday classic. And so are the sequels. Except, maybe 3…and 4…we don’t talk about them.
You haven’t watched it yet this year, it’s time to get your fix! You might have seen it a hundred times, but you know that you’d happily watch it hundred more.
5. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Island of Misfit Toys (2001)
Now, this one is here for nostalgic reasons. You might not be so familiar with it so here is a brief synopsis: when the evil Toy Taker steals all of the Toy’s from Santa’s workshop days before Christmas, it’s up to your favourite reindeer, Rudolph and his friends to get them back!
It also has an absolute bopping soundtrack! Look out for ‘The Island of Misfit Toys’ and ‘Beautiful Like Me’, the production value is off the charts!
On an ending note, it’s really hard to beat a film with a singing Hippopotamus played by Jamie Lee Curtis.