So it’s now November and we are heading quickly and relentlessly towards Christmas. The shops are full of Christmas goodies, plans are being made for Christmas dinner and I even have my Advent Calendar already. So as not to miss out on this festive atmosphere, I thought I would share my own top ten favourite Christmas films. Some of these films might confuse some of the younger generation that may be reading this, but don’t worry to all those under the age of thirty, I have included a few modern films for you too.
Nowadays, with the advancement in technology, we don’t have to visit the cinema to watch our favourite films on high definition screens. This is not only more convenient, but works out cheaper for us and our ever stretching household budget. Have you seen the price of a cinema admission ticket recently? I do not watch a lot of daytime TV programmes due to work, but there is nothing more relaxing than sitting down in my cosy living room and watching a film on my top quality television.
I was recently asked to check out the latest televisions, namely the 4k led tv Panasonic televisions. Panasonic are one of the leading manufacturers in high quality television sets. Many of their televisions are 4k HD which basically gives you a higher and sharper resolution on the screen. This in turn gives such a high quality picture that it is similar to watching at the cinema.
So, equipped with a high quality television and perhaps a bowl of popcorn, let me introduce you to my top ten favourite Christmas films.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Ah, this is an old classic from 1939 starring the amazing Judy Garland as Dorothy, the farm girl who becomes embroiled in the tale of good against evil in the dreamy land of Oz. This film is not a specific Christmas film, but here in the UK, it is generally scheduled on TV during the Christmas period. It is a wonderful feel good film and is suitable for all ages.
A more recent film from 2006 starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. This comedy / romance film tells the tale of two women (one English and one American) who have been unlucky in love. The story is simple, but effective as it winds through different relationships taking place at either side of the Atlantic. Along with stunning scenery and a haunting music score, this film is a must watch every Christmas.
A cartoon adventure film from 2004, with the voice of Tom Hanks, is based on a children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Although initially this film was made for children, there is an underlying story of self discovery that adults would enjoy.
This is the cartoon children’s film from 1982 based on the book by Raymond Briggs which was an massive success due to the stunning animation and unforgettable music. The beautiful story of the little boy that builds a snowman that comes to life, is one of the true classic Christmas films.
This fantasy comedy film from 2003 is the cute story of one of Santa’s elves who, on learning he is actually human goes on a trip to New York to find his biological father. The film was made for children, but like so many films, it has an underlying story that would appeal to most adults.
ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE
A real oldie, but a film that I never tire of. This 1946 film tells the tale of a man going through a lot of problems in his life. He becomes so depressed that he contemplates suicide, which is when his guardian angel turns up. If you have never seen this film, then it’s worth watching, but be prepared to cry.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
This 1994 film was one of my children’s favourite films at Christmas. Starring the wonderful Richard Attenborough, it tells the tale of a man named Kris Kringle who applies for a job as Father Christmas in a department store, while announcing that he is the REAL Father Christmas. A genuine feel good film that will certainly tug at your heart strings.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS
This 1993 fantasy musical film was produced by Tim Burton and tells the tale of Jack Skellington who stumbles into the world of Christmas Town. The film is a unique fantasy film that takes the viewer into a world of monsters, goblins and witches in a typical Tim Burton style.
This British 2003 comedy romance film was directed by Richard Curtis, the genius director behind such productions as Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill and The Vicar Of Dibley. The film looks at relationships through ten different stories, many of which are linked together. The film is set in the run up to Christmas and how the relationships evolve during this time. A real feel good film that is heartwarming and sentimental.
Last not least, this classic 1954 film is my absolute favourite Christmas film of all time. The music, the dancing, the wonderful actors, all together produce one of the best feel good films ever, which will never lose its appeal. In my view, it isn’t Christmas until you have watched White Christmas.
So, how did you like my film choice? Did you agree with my choice? If not, what films would you have chosen?
As always let me know in the comments below.
Until next time dear friends.
*This post was sponsored by Panasonic but the words and views are my own*