Ah, it is now the time I start getting into the Christmas spirit and I need it to hit me with full force this year. After a rather upsetting and difficult couple of months, I’d love nothing more than to curl up under a crochet blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and a favourite Christmas film.
Saying that, I don’t tend to watch many Christmas films or even want to watch those that are hugely popular with the masses. However I do still have a top 5 favourites so let’s dive right in!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favourite classics and I’ve watched a couple of film adaptations over the years, but this one seals the deal for me because it has a nice combination of wit, story, heart and spirit. I always feel warm and fuzzy when I watch it, and it is always the one film I have to watch on Christmas Eve.
There is always that one classic, old-time Christmas film that sticks in your mind and no other film can beat it. For me, that is White Christmas for its music and sheer timeless quality to the acting and general production of the film. I also like that it is a story about camaraderie and showing how much people are valued.
The Good Witch’s Gift
I can’t do any favourites post relating to film or TV without referencing Good Witch in some way. It is one of my favourite shows I primarily watch on Netflix and I love watching the films that predate the series. It’s nice without being too cringey, which is great for those times I want something easy in the background whilst doing other things. The Good Witch’s Gift is the film where Cassie and Jake marry, and of course there are a couple of roadblocks they have to overcome to marry on their chosen date which is Christmas Eve. It’s also a story about second chances and exploring your true selves which Good Witch often does with a lot of heart. I love it so much I will watch it all the year round.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
I’ve watched and loved this since I was a child. It is my go-to Disney film anthology of the holiday because there is something intrinsically hopeful and magical about the three short films that make up this anthology. There’s Mickey and Minnie in the ‘Gift of the Magi’, Goofy and Max coming together to help each other and be there for their neighbours, and Huey, Dewey and Louie recognising that Christmas is more than just presents. I always appreciated this but even more so now I’m an adult and I look at Christmas in a different light.
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In at The House of Mouse
Or as my copy actually says, Mickey et la magie de Noël. Similarly to most of the House of Mouse episodes, the story is created around three or four classic short Disney films. In this special episode, Donald Duck is being a little bit of a Scrooge and won’t help Mickey create Christmas for all the characters who are stuck in The House of Mouse as a result of all the snow. Mickey wants to do all he can to get his friend into the spirit of the season by showing everybody films from the Disney catalogue that embody Christmas – The Nutcracker (1999), Donald on Ice (1999), Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952), and Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983).
Honestly, it won me over instantly just by including Pluto’s Christmas Tree and Mickey’s Christmas Carol as they are two of my favourite classic Disney Shorts. Also, Disney being Disney, it ends with Mickey wishing on a star and a nice melodic song that captures the magic of Disney at Christmas.
And there we are. My five favourite Christmas films.
Saying that, I do have an honourable mention in the form of Miracle on 34th Street. Whilst I really liked it, I have only watched it once (two years ago, I think) and once is not quite enough to make it on the main list. I should take some time to watch it again and let it sweep me away with the magic I know it contains.
Now, that is definitely that.
What are your favourite Christmas films?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!