Well hello there! The Christmas season is finally upon us, and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than to partake in Blogmas. For the next 25 days I’m going to try and post once every day with a super Christmassy theme, whether it be an ultimate Christmas playlist or documenting my attempt to make no-bake cookies (ah the struggles of living in a hostel without an oven). I’m really excited to get stuck into this, especially because it’s currently 30 degrees in Sydney so I need something to remind me that it’s not the middle of July.
Considering I only just decided this morning to do Blogmas I thought I’d start off with a quick and simple post for day one. Living and working in a hostel means I don’t have a sofa and a TV, but I do have Netflix on my iPad and a bottom bunk cave, so I’ll still be having Christmas movie marathons. There are films that I watch religiously every December, but I’ve narrowed them down to a list of 8.
1. Jingle All The Way
I know that as soon as I watch this film it’ll make me miss home. It’s my Mum’s favourite Christmas film and it’s become a yearly tradition to watch it together as soon as it comes on Sky Movies. Released in 1996 and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it follows a Dad trying to make amends with his son by finding him the most wanted gift of the holiday season. But along the way problems arise and it turns into a great family comedy.
2. The Grinch
Of course this green-faced Scrooge makes the list. It’s a classic and always makes my heart grow three sizes. Pun intended.
Another classic. Buddy the Elf never fails to bring a smile to my face and reminds me that you don’t have to be a kid to still enjoy Christmas. There are so many quotes from this film that I always use in daily life, moreso in the run up to Christmas. I don’t think I’ve actually met anyone who doesn’t like this film, and if don’t like it well, you’re just a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I know, I know, it’s technically a Halloween film. But I don’t care, it’s still acceptable to watch as a Christmas film too. Singing along to ‘What’s This?’ and ‘Kidnap The Sandy Claws’ is enough to get me into the Christmas spirit. Plus because it’s also a Halloween film I can watch it in October. It’s the best of both worlds.
5. The Santa Clause
I know it’s a trilogy but putting all three on the list would take the mick a bit, so I’ll just list the first and you can pretend the other two are also on here. Like Jingle All The Way, it’s a classic that will never get old. It’s another film that I always watch with my Mum and this year I’ll be watching it with a cup of tea and a packet of Tim Tams.
6. Home Alone
You can’t have a Christmas movie list without Home Alone. I don’t even need to explain why it’s one of my favourites.
7. Jack Frost
A real tearjerker to watch this month is Jack Frost. I remember the first time I watched it as a kid and I was sobbing. I didn’t watch it again until years later but I think I can now compose myself to watch it again because it really is a good film, even though it traumatized my 6-year-old self.
More recent than the other films on the list, Nativity is a good British comedy that makes me think of Year 2 when we did the nativity and I got to play an angel after two years of being cast as a shepard wearing a tea towel on my head. I think I enjoy this film so much because the kids play such a big role in the comedy of it all and do it so well. It’s makes it different from the rest, and the following two sequels don’t ruin the franchise either.
So there you have it, eight of my favourite Christmas films that I’ll be watching this month. I’ll probably hit publish and then think of loads more, but hey at least that gives me an idea for another post if I’m falling short of blogmas ideas.