I am always being told that this is the party season. Everyone is getting dressed up in sparkly dresses and drinking copious amounts of sparkly drinks and glowing with the combination of mince pies, alcohol and devil-may-care dancing. My favourite thing about this time of the year however, is the total liberty to cuddle up on the sofa with a duvet and watch all my favourite seasonal movies. If you have any suggestions to add to the list, please let us know – we’re stocking up.
First, Miracle on 34th Street. Is there anyone more adorable than child star Mara Wilson in her earnest quest to prove that Father Christmas is in fact real? No, I didn’t think so. Showing New York at its most romantic, this film somehow manages to make the present day metropolis, as well as its young protagonist, have all the romance and charm of a Victorian Christmas card. Chocolate box perfect and warm and snuggly feelings all round – it’s what Christmas is made for.
I am a massive fan of old films. I was named after the little girl in Gone With The Wind courtesy of having blue eyes, and I passionately wish that I too could have breakfast at Tiffany’s and that all men were like Humphrey Bogart in Casa Blanca. Despite this enthusiasm, I had somehow managed to avoid It’s a Wonderful Life until a friend pointed me in its direction recently. Few things are more heartwarming than stories of communities coming together and good triumphing over evil. The 1946 comedy-drama makes you want to laugh, cry, and empathise with lead character Henry Travis, but it’s not spoiling it to tell you that it all comes good in the end. Expect a heavy dose of waterworks.
The Snowman is definitely one of those animations that has stood the test of time. Gorgeous drawings, classic music… ok, so Aled Jones isn’t quite as cute as he once was, but his haunting singing made the film a classic right from its 1982 Channel 4 debut. Besides, nothing says Christmas quite like suspending your disbelief as a snowman flies across your screen and brings the festive season to life.
I remember going to see A Muppet Christmas Carol when it came out at the cinema as a child. I don’t know what my mother had told me about it, but suffice to say I was not prepared for the horror story that ensued. That horrendous man! That terrifying Ghost of Futures Yet to Come!… Clearly I was not a well read pre-teen because if I had so much as glanced at the book then I would have been better equipped to deal with it. Since then of course, I have become more familiar with the tale and seen the beauty in it. Still, I like my life lessons sugar coated, and Kermit the Frog is adept at doing just that (in the grand scheme of things), so this has climbed the movie ranks to be an annual must-watch.
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