One of my absolute favourite things about the Christmas period is festive films. I have personal favourites that are classics but I also love watching the super cheesy made for TV films as well. This year is the first year that Erin might actually be interested in some Christmas films so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas films for all the family.
Miracle On 34th Street
For me, Miracle On 34th Street is such a classic now and I can’t believe it is 24 years old now. Richard Attenborough plays Kris Kringle and a Santa in a department store in New York. You may have seen a post recently about us bringing Erin up to not believe in Santa (in the traditional sense) however, that doesn’t stop me loving the magic of this film. I could watch this at any time of the year, not just for Christmas.
I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t love Elf. I know Erin is a bit young for this film at the moment but it’s a great one to watch with slightly older children. Will Ferrell is just perfect as Buddy, a human who was raised by elves. When he finds out he is really a human and not an elf like he thought, he goes to New York to find his real father to get him off the ‘naughty’ list but New York is very different from The North Pole.
It seems to me that a lot of the best Christmas films, or the ones I think are the best anyway, were made quite some time ago now. I know that I’m showing my age with these films but Home Alone is one of those films that I instantly think about when I also think about Christmas. I still think the story of Kevin being left at home while his whole family go on holiday without realising is crazy but I’m sure a lot of us have fantasised about what we would have done in his position.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is one of John’s all time favourite films, regardless of it being a Christmas film. This is the first year that Erin has really paid attention to both Christmas and Halloween so I think this will be a great film to introduce to her this year. I am actually really excited to watch this one with Erin and John this year because honestly, I can’t remember it too well so it will kind of be like watching it for the first time again. I do remember the music though and it’s easy to get that stuck in your head!
What are your favourite Christmas films to watch with the family?
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