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My Five Fave Festive Films

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The worst photo taken by anyone ever in the history of photo-taking.

Before I start, I just want to clarify that not matter what Google Chrome tells you, ‘Christmassy’ is a real word. How else do you describe the feeling you get when you smell a Christmas tree, go to a festive market or stuff your face with turkey? There is no word more suitable than ‘Christmassy’. Plus, Urban Dictionary said it’s real. So take that, Google Chrome!

To get myself in a “Christmassy” mood, I love watching a good Christmas movie, so I thought I’d share a list of my favourites. Before we start though, I’m just going to warn you that one of the films on this list might make you confused, upset, or even angry. Because it is not technically a Christmas movie. I apologise in advance for any emotional damage caused (but stand by by my poor choice).

Here they are (in no particular order)…


It’s Will Ferrell. As a giant Elf.

Will Ferrell as a grown man in the most ridiculous Elf costume the world has ever seen.

How can you not love this film?!

It might seem childish, but I fail to see a day when I’ll stop laughing at Buddy getting on an escalator for the first time, or running round in the revolving doors. I’ll never not see Jovie and Buddy’s relationship as the most romantic thing ever. And, I’ll never stop envying Buddy for being able to eat sweets every morning for breakfast. Pass the candy corn!

Plus, there is nothing more Christmassy than spreading actual Christmas cheer.

The Greatest Store in the World

I used to watch this film every year on CBBC, because it’s so lovely and magical. It’s about a homeless family who stay in a department store until it closes, hiding from store security so they have somewhere to stay. I love watching them run around in a huge, Christmassy store, and the ending is so cute. This is by far my favourite Christmas film of all time, because it reminds me of what’s truly magical about Christmas.

Love Actually

It’s not Christmas until you’ve watched Love Actually for the 14th time. No, really. It isn’t.

I know some people think this movie is massively overrated, but I think it’s one of the loveliest films ever made. I love all the different plot lines, and how the characters link together, and I can’t get enough of all the hilariously awkward moments (umm, porn scenes, anyone?)

Every year, I laugh at Rowan Atkinson’s gift-wrapping, swear at Harry’s infidelity, and get whisked away by Jamie and Aurelia’s romance – their story is just the cutest!

Bad Santa

I’ve rarely seen people mention Bad Santa as one of their favourite Christmas films, probably because a sex-addicted alcoholic and really weird looking child don’t scream “festive”, but I really like it. It’s about Willie, a man who dresses as Santa so he can rob shopping malls. It might not be very magical, but it is hilarious. Plus, Thurman getting back at his bullies makes me so happy!

I’d actually never seen it until last Christmas, when Andy made me watch it, but it’s definitely one that I’ll be bringing out year after year.

Chicken Run

You might be thinking ‘What? A film about chickens escaping? When there are so many real Christmas movies out there? What is she playing at?’ but hear me out, here.

Every year, my family used to go into my dad’s cinema room (which is actually just our garage with a projector and screen) to watch a film on Christmas Eve. I’ll always remember watching Chicken Run the most, not because it changed my life forever or anything, but because little Amy liked the talking chickens so much that she forced all the family to watch it again on Christmas Day. Multiple times.

It might not be traditionally Christmassy, but it’s set around Christmastime, and it’ll always remind me of that childhood excitement for Christmas Day.

Plus, Babs can’t be in a pie because she “doesn’t like gravy”, and gravy is an actual Christmas thing, guys. So yeah. Close enough.

What are your favourite Christmas films?

5 thoughts on “My Five Fave Festive Films

  1. Chicken Run is one of my favourite films of all time! I had it on video tape and there was a time when I used to watch it every single day. I was obsessed!

    The only Christmas film I like is The Muppet Christmas Carol. It always reminds me of the time we watched it in school as part of a project about Charles Dickens. We all found the other versions of A Christmas Carol boring.

    I’m probably more into Christmas TV specials than Christmas films, with my favourite being Father Ted. I watch it religiously (pun intended!) every single Christmas.

  2. The only movie I’ve seen of those are bits and pieces of Elf. I’ll have to try and watch the other 4 at some point in the season.

    I love It’s a Wonderful Life and Frozen. (though I guess that’s more wintery than Christmassy?) The Nightmare Before Christmas is also one that I like to watch. The Santa Claus is good. The Polar Express.

  3. One of my favourite holiday films is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I discovered this only a few years ago, but I really adored it to the point of it being one of my favourites. Other shows I like “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and the original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I also enjoyed “The Santa Clause” when I was younger 🙂

    I do need to watch “Love Actually” one day. That’s been on my to-watch list forever! I need to watch it XD

  4. Ahh Chicken Run is such a cute classic haha! 🙂 I love the graphics.

    I also love Love Actually, it is pretty cheesy and lots of movies have since tried to follow the same sort of format but hopelessly failed. I think Love Actually is a great Christmas movie, it’s nice to put on even in the background when you don’t really want to pay much attention. I also like Home Alone 2 (always a funny one) but it gets old sometimes, I also like Jingle All The Way with Arnold Schwarzenegger because it is hilarious. I can’t quite remember what other ones I liked, since I don’t really classify movies as “Christmas movies”.

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