merry christmas eve!
i hope this post finds you well, surrounded by friends, family, alcohol and chocolate.
i have a confession to make… one of my goals this year was to publish 52 blogs, the equivalent of one a week. so far i’m on 49, this post is number 50. i have a week to do 2 more after this one. for that reason this is a bit of a cop-out – i am playing catch up so it isn’t the most inspiring of posts but it does involve two of my favourite things – christmas and movies.
the debate has been raging this year over whether or not die hard is a christmas movie, i get that it isn’t a typical christmas movie but then neither are some of my favourites that i always seem to watch at this time of the year. in fact, one of my top ten christmas movies is not actually a xmas movie at all. which brings us nicely to the countdown.
meet me in st louis
not a christmas movie. the xmas scene is definitely the stand out scene and is the origin of the best christmas song of all time – have yourself a merry little christmas.
miracle on 34th street
richard attenborough is definitely the BEST father christmas out there. it isn’t a movie i watch a ridiculous amount at christmas but i always watch it at least once. the ‘in God we trust’ court room scene is one of the best.
i mean, of course this was in my top ten. i know the story was written before i was born but it’s almost like dr seuss wrote it based on me (because it’s all about me). the 2000 film is christmas gold.
“the best way to spread christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”
“you sit on a throne of lies”
saaaaaaaantaaaaa, i know him!”
“son of a nutcracker!”
“hi i’m buddy the elf, what’s your favourite colour?”‘
“you have such a pretty face. you should be on a christmas card”
definitely the most quotable christmas movie, you cannot watch that movie and not laugh. you cannot watch that movie and feel sad when the credits roll.
the family stone.
this is SO underrated, most of you probably haven’t even heard of it even though it has a stellar cast…diane keaton, rachel mcadams, SJP, claire danes, luke wilson, dermot mulroney (dreamboat), craig t nelson…
this is about the kids all coming home for the holidays, the eldest brother brings his slightly uptight girlfriend to meet this family for the first time, and plans to propose. the scenes that unfold over the next couple of days are hilarious and awkward in equal measure.
this is the movie that reminds me that families are not perfect, even at christmas. they are the ones that are the most honest with you, normally at the times when you don’t want to hear it but need to.
whilst ‘elf’ may be the most quotable, this one has THE christmas quote “merry christmas, ya filthy animal” i mean, technically that is from home alone 2 but the first one sets it up. you all know the movie, you all know the story, you all know it’s one of the best.
oh, the old guy is my favourite: arthur is a dream. i know the story isn’t particularly original but i just love it. when meredith realises what a tool jaspar is and sticks it to him, when amanda finally cries, when arthur walks up to the stage… all ‘yassss’ moments.
“i really like it”
the santa clause
i couldn’t tell you why i love this so much, i just do. if you haven’t watched it, shame on you.
p.s. it has to be the tim allen version.
p.p.s i really want to try judy’s (who’s seeing someone in wrapping) cocoa.
the muppets christmas carol
the muppets. michael caine. feel good singalong songs. what is not to love???
i know most of the dialogue to this movie. i know all the words to the songs and at 28, the angel of the future still scares the bejesus out of me.
so far, so good? hopefully you think i’ve made pretty good selections, if you don’t, well, tough, it’s my list not yours. the number one spot though, the number one spot goes to the only movie that would be acceptable to be number one. are you dreaming of it?
of course it’s white christmas!!!
danny kaye and bing crosby are the hilarious. rosemary clooney sings like a dream. vera ellen’s dancing is mesmerising. the soundtrack (hello, white christmas, one the best christmas songs ever written although there are some other bangers in there too), the final scenes when the old gang turn up for the general, it makes me cry everytime. it is just perfection on a screen.
also, this scene… this scene alone is enough to give it the number one spot
now i am aware that i have missed of the classic that is ‘it’s a wonderful life’ and whilst i acknowledge it’s ‘classic’ movie status i have not seen it enough to give it space in my top ten. what i do remember from it is two things 1. “everytime a bell rings an angel gets his wings” and 2. it makes me cry. no, actually, not cry, sob. maybe this year i will be brave enough to give it another go… i wouldn’t bet on it though. ha.
anyway, i leave you with good tidings for you and your kin on this fine christmas eve. i hope that you are on the nice list and santa brings you some lovely goodies. i hope that, no matter how you spend tomorrow, you have a day filled with love, laughter and happy times.
make some great memories.