Hoorah hoorah and thrice hoorah, for it is that time of the year, the time where I manage to get Belle to watch a film with me that isn’t about some gruesome like the one day a year when everyone is allowed to go around murdering each other. It’s Christmas! Belle isn’t a fan of rom coms generally, or anything that light-hearted, but Christmas is the one time she’ll make an exception. She even watched The Holiday with me last week, which is a massive win.
The only downside is that you’ll often find that your choice of Christmas movies in the UK is somewhat limited. Wouldn’t it be so much more fun if you could tweak your film subscriptions so that you could watch all manner of delightful festive films showing all around the world? Well you can! At least you can if you have a youth in the house who knows about such things.
Belle did a little bit of research, picked out the best vpn deal, and now our laptop has no idea whether we’re in deepest Somerset or somewhere in the middle of the snowy mountains of Canada. What this means is that we can switch over our area on our TV subscriptions and suddenly tada! We have access to a whole different selection of Christmas films! It really is a Christmas miracle.
It’s such a clever little trick and brings a whole lot of festive joy. If you’re stuck for some Christmas movie inspiration, how about trying one of my favourites?
It’s a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra’s masterpiece, It’s a Wonderful Life, has become a Christmas staple over the decades. The film follows George Bailey, played by James Stewart, as he contemplates the worth of his life with the help of his guardian angel. This heart-warming tale explores the impact one person can have on the lives of others and the true meaning of selflessness.
A holiday comedy that has stood the test of time, Home Alone is the perfect mix of laughter and sentimentality. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas. The film’s slapstick humour and Kevin’s ingenious traps for burglars make it a family favourite. We watch it on Christmas Eve, partly just to annoy my mum as she hates it.
Will Ferrell’s endearing performance as Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole, makes “Elf” a modern classic. The film follows Buddy’s journey to New York City to find his real father and, in the process, spreads Christmas cheer to everyone he encounters. I have to watch this one when Belle is out unfortunately as she can’t bear it.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale has been adapted many times, but the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge is particularly memorable. This classic story of redemption and the spirit of Christmas past, present, and future remains a powerful reminder of the importance of kindness and compassion during the holiday season. Personally I recommend the Muppets version.