It’s that time of year again, when we can look forward to feeling extremely festive by watching a glut of Christmas movies. With so many to choose from, it can be quite difficult deciding which ones to watch.
I thought it would be interesting to see what our office loved to watch to get them in the Christmas mood. A few films were a little surprising (Ernest? Really?) but others were picked by everyone in the team.
Here are some of the Christmas films our team selected (in no particular order):
“Scrooged with Bill Murray is brilliant. He is a grumpy TV executive who goes a little nutty and is visited by 3 ghosts who tell him about his past, present and future!”
This is an office favourite starring Chevy Chase. As Christmas draws closer the Griswold family plan to have a big family Christmas, which predictably ends up turning into a big disaster.
Will Ferrell, is an overgrown elf that was raised by Santa, only to suffer from an identity crisis, as he soon realises that he was born a human. He’s determined to find his real father, and in a world where people don’t believe he’s an elf, things really don’t go smoothly for him.
Die Hard 2
“I love Die Hard 2 as it is not only features my favourite Christmas Song (Let it Snow) but also for the happy fuzzy feeling when it all ends well in the snowy airport. It just isn’t Christmas without John McClane in a vest in the snow.”
Ernest Saves Christmas
“It is a kid’s comedy where Ernest (who is in a bunch of slapstick type comedies) has to take over from Santa after he gets chucked in prison so that Christmas isn’t ruined!”
Santa Claus the Movie
“Me and my step sister always watch this every year – who doesn’t love a film with both Dudley Moore and John Lithgow (who is supremely evil in this) in it. It might be utterly cheesy but watching it makes it really feel like Christmas.”
“Wonderful black comedy with possibly the funniest kid in a film ever. Billy Bob Thornton is brilliantly grumpy.” Bad Santa drinks, smokes and has really bad hygiene, and has been hired to work in a shopping mall. But he soon has a change of heart when he meets a kid who really believes in him.
“Singing rats, Gonzo as Charles Dickens, some genuinely creepy moments plus Michael Caine as Scrooge. A great film with songs that will get stuck in your head all Christmas.”
“Just because it’s on every Christmas and good family fun.” After being abandoned by his family during the Christmas period, the young Macaulay Culkin is faced with confronting two burglars. A must see at Christmas, even if you have seen it many times before.
“Not really my cup of tea, but the wife loves this one.” Love Actually according to many people is one of the best romantic comedies with a Christmas theme. Set a month before Christmas, you get to follow the love lives of numerous couples’ and see how their tales interlink.
There were many disagreements about whether or not to include Love Actually. If you disagree that Love Actually should be in the list, then you can always replace it with the Snowman which was just nudged out of the list.