When the weather outside is frightful and the snacks are so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let us watch Christmas movies! Today I’m sharing my 5 favourites…
When you’ve already bought and wrapped all of your Christmas gifts (if you still need some inspiration, here are some gift guides), when you’re off work and school, and when the weather is too cold (and rainy, bleh) to go outside, it’s time to grab those blankets, snacks and cinnamon-scented candles and watch Christmas movies. Of course Netflix releases new ones every year now, but I do enjoy to go back to the classics. So these are my 5 favourite Christmas films, the ones I break out every December, from Tim Burton to John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
Whenever people tell me that they want to watch a Christmas movie but they’ve already seen everything remotely Christmas-y on Netflix, I tell them to watch Serendipity and 9/10 times they haven’t seen it yet – and they definitely should. It’s cheesy, it’s romantic, it has John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in their prime time, it has New York and hot chocolates and ice rinks and books with cryptic messages in them and, of course, CHRISTMAS.
Love, Actually (2003)
I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my tooooeeees… Bill Nighy playing an aging rock star and attempting to record a Christmas single is just my highlight of December. Love Actually doesn’t really need any introduction I think, but it is one of the ultimate Christmas classics for a reason. The British humor and the star-studded cast including Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson (Hugh Grant being prime minister and dancing through 10 Downing Street is still my fave) should put you in that festive Christmas mood.
The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
When you’re not in the mood for romantic comedies or British humor (seems impossible, I know, but it does happen occasionally), it’s time for Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare before Christmas. Sing along with Jack Skeleton to ‘What’s this, what’s this‘, enjoy the beautiful animations and watch two holidays collide because one is just not enough.
The Holiday (2006)
Another ultimate Christmas classic is, of course, The Holiday. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz switch houses, continents and lives, and the result is sweet, funny and completely predictable. Bonus points for Kate’s English cottage, idyllically covered in show and filled with candles and Christmas lights, and Cameron dancing while blasting The Killers.
Finally, one that isn’t obviously Christmas-y, but still winter-y enough to qualify as a Christmas movie in my opinion. Anastasia follows the story of the young Romanov princess, how she survived the Russian Revolution and wants to find her grandmother in Paris. She and her puppy (omg that puppy is so cute!!!) go on a journey to the past and once upon a december it’s time to join her and watch this animated classic again.
And those were my 5 favourite movies to watch in those days before (and after, let’s be honest) Christmas. Now excuse me while I go stuff my face with snacks and put on a movie, but no worries because there’s a fresh new article coming your way tomorrow. Here’s a hint: arts and crafts (finally).