My Favourite Christmas Movies

It’s become an integral and yet immediately forgettable part of Christmas. Every year, there’s a new round of Christmas movies, usually starring either an actor who is just on the wrong side of the hill or an ensemble cast who see a chance for a quick buck. Most of them are sort of pleasantly terrible. i.e. They’ll hold your attention for a couple of hours as you slowly drift into either a shopping or food induced coma but you’ll barely remember the plot come February. Straight into this category go “films” like Jingle All The Way, The Santa Clause, The Family Man and a huge number which I have forgotten altogether.

There are a few exceptions though that have managed to break through and become dependable fodder for Buzzfeed writers and TV execs who are still recovering from the office Christmas party and know they’ll bring in the eyeballs. So, in this grand tradition of shameless content re-hashing, here are my four favourite Christmas movies:

4. School of Rock. This one is kind of cheating because it’s not even a Christmas movie but for some reason we have watched it about 4 Christmas afternoons in a row at our house. I think someone got the DVD as a present one year. Anyway, dad once made it to the end without falling asleep. That alone makes it worthy of a place on the list.

3. Love Actually. It is straight up embarrassing how many times I’ve seen this movie. It would be at least 5 and probably more like 10 if I’m honest. I was once got told by a work colleague that this showed I was sensitive. Not sure about that but there is something about this incredible sapfest that means I’ll never actively try to watch it but if I somehow come across it, I’m highly unlikely to change the channel. Bloody Hugh Grant & Liam Neeson. They get me every time.

2. Die Hard. Both 1 and 2. The second one is obviously not up to the standard of the original but they are both iconic. Anyone who tries to argue they’re action movies not Christmas movies is just wrong. Part 1 is set at an office Christmas party. Part 2 is set at an airport. In both, it’s Christmas Eve. This makes them Christmas movies. Case closed.

Home Alone. As a child who grew up in the 90s, this is the only possible answer. Everything from the crazy contraptions, the comedic relied provided by the Wet Bandits, the John Candy cameo (as ‘the polka king of the Midwest’) and above all “Angels with Filthy Souls” is straight out of the top draw. Just watch it, reminisce and hope that some time between now and the 25th you are flicking through the channels and you somehow stumble upon it:

So that’s my list. My personal top 4 Christmas movies. I’m not saying they’re “the best”, just that they’re my favourites. Let me know which movies would make your list.

Jez