5 Christmas Movies To Put You Into The Christmas Spirit
If you’re anything like our family, part of our Christmas traditions are the movies we watch every year, enjoying Christmas cake and goodies, while snuggled up on the couch.
Throw on your PJ's, put on a silly Santa hat, (and reindeer horns on the dog) and get into Christmas spirit, with 5 of The Rowland's favourite Christmas movies.
1. Love Actually
All of London is in love, or longing to be. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen leading characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet and Peter brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark, who harbours a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There's also recent widower Daniel, trying to help his lonely stepson Sam express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry, who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away, who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an ageing rocker who just wants to cash in and get laid, but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. (warning: rated R as some scenes where we send the young ones out of the room).
Will Ferrell is brilliant as beautiful and innocent Buddy, a regular-sized man raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family.
"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. Seeking a unique gift for his son a recent inventor purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's grandson, who dispenses the warning mentioned above before closing the deal. These and a variety of other plot strands are tied together when the lovable mogwai (named Gizmo) is exposed to bright light and gotten wet. In short order, the town is invaded by nasty, predatory Gremlins, who lay waste to everything in sight as Billy and Kate try to contain the destruction.
4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch's contempt. One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He cobbles together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos' homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has taken every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his evil plan.
5. Home Alone
Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realises they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighbourhood. Though the film's slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release. This movie is over 25 years old now, and we still love it.
Movie Information from Rotten Tomatoes.
What are your families favourite Christmas movies?
Do they put you in the Christmas spirit?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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