Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I LIVE for things that give me the warm fuzzies, and there are a handful of movies I have to break out during the holidays, or else I can’t truly celebrate Christmas :). Here is my list of the top 5 Christmas movies of all time:
I could watch Love Actually every single day of the year! The music is beautiful, I love how all the stories are connected, and the sweet, touching moments are endless. Favourites: The wedding scene when a surprise orchestra plays “All You Need is Love”, the flashcard ending with “to me, you are perfect”, when the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) says his kick ass speech, the scene where Karen (Emma Thompson) realizes her husband bought a necklace for another woman and “Both Sides Now” plays while she cries, and when Jamie (Colin Firth) proposes to Aurelia in front of her entire village.
2) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Home Alone was okay, but since Home Alone 2 combines my love of New York and Christmas, it’s the ultimate in great movies. I love this movie so much, my parents finally bought it for me last Christmas since I always complained bitterly when I missed seeing it on TV during the holidays. Kevin McCallister is hilarious and such a smart kid! Plus, he lives out every kid’s dream of ordering room service in the Plaza Hotel and taking a limo (with a pizza!) to the best toy store in NYC. The movie also has a sweet message, with his new friendship with the pigeon lady, and his commitment to making sure the donations made it to the sick kids.
3) Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version)
I love this version of Miracle on 34th Street, despite hating both female characters (the kid and the mom). The kid is precocious and annoying, and her mom is just plain evil! However, Richard Attenborough is amazing as Santa, and the whole “we believe” storyline and courtroom hearing gets me every time.
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 1966 TV version)
This isn’t technically a “movie” but I’m still including it as a Christmas must-see! I grew up watching this on TV before Christmas ever since I can remember, and it’s definitely a classic. My favourite scene is the end when all the Who’s sing ‘Welcome Christmas” and the Grinch realizes it’s not all about the presents and decorations. As cheesy as it sounds, the scene always warms my heart and reminds me to Christmas isn’t about the material things.
5) The Nutcracker Prince
Sadly, I haven’t seen this movie since I was about 8 years old but it’s pretty amazing. I grew up listening to The Nutcracker songs and loved them. This cartoon version is great — I basically wanted to be Clara so badly! Added bonus: Kiefer Sutherland voices the Nutcracker Prince.