Hey Everyone, and welcome to my first blogmas post!
This is really exciting for me as it’s the first time I have done a Blogmas before. If you’re not sure of what blogmas is then I’ll explain. It’s just a blog post going up everyday on my site, that will be Christmas related. The idea behind it is, it’s like an advent of blogs.
I really hope you enjoy them each day, and like the variation in the ideas.
First Blogmas theme – Movies!
First up, as you can see from the title, and because it’s Friday, it’s a film themed post. I’m sharing with you my favourite heart warming, classic Christmas films. We have a huge collection of films at home, and now we’ve got Netflix at our disposal, as well as the Christmas Movie channel that Sky have put on. But, I have my favourites.
I have so many to mention. So, this week I am just including my favourite classic films, and next Friday will be all about Christmas comedies.
Miracle On 34th Street
“Would it please the court if I gave you your Christmas card? I don’t think I’ll see you again. Unless I get arrested which is highly unlikely because it’s Christmas Eve and I’m going to bed uncharacteristically early.” Susan Walker.
I absolutely love this film. I prefer the 1994 version to the original. Without a doubt it makes me cry every time I watch it. When everyone starts putting up the I BELIEVE banners, when Kris Kringle is in jail, I get chills.
And then the dream house at the end, with the epic tree. What is not to love.
“There was more than one lobster at the birth of Jesus?” Karen.
I’m going to summarise my love for this film by simply describing 3 scenes.
1 – The moment when Mark holds up the signs to Juliet, and says “say it’s carol singers”. Happy tears every time!
2 – When Emma Thompson’s character, Karen, is crying in her bedroom, after discovering her husband is having an affair. This scene is so simple, no words, very short, and yet one of the most powerful and moving scenes in a film for me.
3 – When Hugh Grant, as Prime Minster, dances round his house to Jump For My Love. Those moves will never get old.
Classic, British, heart warming movie.
“I like this Hugo Boss, he cuts a nice suit!” Arthur Abbott
I found out once that Rose Cottage in this film isn’t real. I was devastated. As I had planned to spend the rest of my adult life there, enjoying snowy winters and cosy country life.
This film for me is a total love affair with the relationship between Kate Winslet’s character and Eli Wallach’s. Eli Wallach is one of the greatest actors we’ve had on screen. He’s sadly not here anymore, which makes it all the more emotional to watch him in this.
Hearing about old Hollywood from him, is a dream. I bet it was really like that. Kate Winslet plays her character perfectly, and finds her gumption just in time to be the amazing leading lady of her own life.
Santa Claus The Movie
Santa – “Next Christmas, you and I will have a date.” Joe – “Really?” Santa – “Santa Claus never lies, Joe.”
This movie to me feels so much older than it actually is (1985). It’s a true tale of Santa, and his workshop. I grew up truly believing that this was the real Santa.
I used to love the outfits that little Cornelia used to wear. And I was always routing for Patch. It’s so magical at the end when Santa does the big loop in the sleigh.
However, when B.Z eats all the candy canes that make him float up in to space, I genuinely believe this is where my love/fear of space came from.
Home Alone 1 & 2
“You can mess with a lot of things, but you can’t mess with kids on Christmas.” Kevin McCallister
Well when you think of Christmas, don’t you just think of Home Alone? I do. We grew up watching these films and no matter how many times I’ve seen them, I still love them.
When I met Ste and we had our first Christmas together, he told me how on the 1st December every year, he has a Home Alone-athon. I knew from that moment that this would be a good person to stick with.
Fun fact, we actually got engaged in front of the Rockerfeller Centre Christmas tree in New York. We were on holiday there and Ste thought it would be the perfect spot to propose, because of our love of Home Alone – Lost in New York.
“No one gets an unwrapped present on MY watch.” Bryony.
This is one of the most recent films on my list. A few years ago, I wasn’t really feeling festive at all, so me and an old friend went to see this movie on Christmas Eve-Eve. As soon as I left the cinema I felt right in the festive mood as this is just the sweetest film.
For an animation, it isn’t just a kids film. It’s so lovely and really delivers true Christmas magic. I love the little town that Arthur tries to deliver the present to, it’s my idea of a dream, quaint Christmas town.
The Polar Express
“The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.” The Conductor
Another animation movie, but I love it. The first time I saw this movie, I couldn’t get my head round how amazing the level of animation is, it’s so real. Tom Hanks is the star of the show in this, he does the voice overs for 6 different characters.
This film touches upon Christmas magic, friendships, and self belief. Plus, it has a tap dancing, toe tapping, hot chocolate musical scene.
If you’ve seen this movie, then you’ll know what I mean by this – when the train is coming loose from the tracks, and it’s dashing through the snowy mountains, I just think that would make an amazing roller coaster. I really want Disney to pick up on it.
It’s Movie Night
I hope you’ve enjoyed my favourite picks. Will you be watching any of these tonight? Or through December?
Our choice is definitely Home Alone for tonight, so all I need to do now is go grab the popcorn.
Have a wonderful 1st December.