December 18, 2014 in Category Scarlett Guides To Life...,The Holidays

The all-time greatest Christmas films

One of my favourite things about December is spending the dark evenings watching Christmas films with a mulled wine. So, as I’m already well and truly in the festive mix, I thought I’d dedicate today to my top five favourite Christmas films and what each of them taught me along the way… 

5) Father Christmas

father christmasFather Christmas comes in in fifth place purely for nostalgic reasons. As a kid I thought it was a hilarious and interesting insight into Father Christmas’s love of alcohol, gambling and Vegas showgirls. It was written by Raymond Briggs a few years after his first hit “The Snowman”, so it also gave crucial evidence that the boy manages to re-make his snowman (2 mins 25) – thus easing the excruciating emotional pain that I suffered as a kid when Briggs killed off our magical hero so heartlessly the first time.

Also, while we’re on the subject, who knew the little boy from The Snowman was, in fact, David Bowie…

4) It’s a Wonderful Life

Its a wonderful life

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is the best Christmas film to watch if you want to become an emotional wreck. If you haven’t seen it, basically main character, George Bailey, is visited by his guardian angel to get a short view of how terrible the world would be if he had never been born. As you can imagine, it gives you all the feels.

The only downside is that it invariably leaves you wondering whether you’ve really had as much of a positive impact on the world as George Bailey did – but, if you want my advice, grab another glass of mulled wine and let’s save that can of worms for another time.

3) Miracle of 34th Street


SPOILER ALERT: This is essentially a film about an elderly gentleman with serious mental health issues who believes without a shadow of a doubt that he is the real Father Christmas – and in turn is taken pity on by a New York courtroom.

In fact, if there was a sequel to this film the opening sequence would probably be a birds-eye shot of “Chris Cringle” rocking violently in cell after being arrested on several counts of theft and being a danger to himself and others. But who doesn’t feel all warm and fuzzy when those bags of letters to Santa are dragged in front of the judge?

2) Home Alone 1 / Home Alone 2 (not three, never three.)

home alone

The problem with society today, is that this little gem would never be commissioned for production now, because apparently the kids of today can’t differentiate between fantasy and real life.

That said, on re-watching them as an adult it’s clear that Kevin is a sadistic and highly troubled young boy who, rather than ringing the police immediately for assistance, decides to conduct a series of painful, and lengthy torture methods on a couple of petty thieves.

While we’re on the subject, it also teaches young children a confusing message about mortality and how many bricks one human can take to the face without dying. Just watch this compilation and see how many times Marv would be dead or at least require medical attention – I’m thinking of making it into a drinking game this year.

1) The Muppets Christmas Carol


This is not only the best adaptation of Dickens’ classic that’s ever been made, but my all-time favourite Christmas film! After all, if there was ever a film that teaches kids that muppet pigs, talking vegetables and humans can live together in harmony, this is it.

So let me leave you with probably the most heartwarming Christmas song of all-time… ‘Tis The Season – Tiny Tim

Until next time… x

20 comments… read them below or add one

Katie December 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Love your view on these…although Miracle on 34th Street would have to be my number one! I was never much a Muppet fan except for Elmo! Is it bad to admit I’ve never seen ‘It’s a wonderful Life’?!!

Katie <3


Scarlett December 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Ohhh you have to watch it, it’s so heartwarming! x


Teffy December 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Gotta love Home Alone!
Macaulay Caulkin may be far from his sweet abandoned child days, but this move is still a classic christmas staple in my eyes!

{ Teffys Perks Blog } X


Scarlett December 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

I know! It makes me feel so festive xx


Kianwi December 6, 2013 at 1:18 am

Love all of those. My newest favorite is Elf. Completely cracks me up :)

But what about A Christmas Story?! That’s a classic at least here in the States.


Scarlett December 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’ve never heard of a Christmas Story – I’ll have to try and find it to watch x


Monica Stott December 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

Elf!? Where’s Elf?


Scarlett December 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

I know, I love Elf! It’s not a CLASSIC classic yet though! I might have to do a part 2 x


Addman December 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Scrooged is a pretty good Christmas movie. Then again, I’d watch Bill Murray taking a dump on my family portrait and still enjoy it.


Scarlett December 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I watched that for the first time the other day. so bizarre.. x


snowbird December 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

It’s a wonderful life has to be my number one!xxx


Scarlett December 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

It’s so heart warming x


Ginny December 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I still have never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. Am I weird? Home Alone I have seen about a million times though. Love it.


Scarlett December 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Ahhh you should try to this Christmas it’s so lovely! x


Hogga December 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Bad Santa, all the way


Scarlett December 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I’ve not seen that one, I’m adding it to the list. x


abeerfortheshower December 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I’m going to have to second A Christmas Story. Even 30 years later and it’s still funny. My favorite Christmas movie, hands down.


Jess @UsedYorkCity December 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

YES! Never Home Alone 3! What were they thinking?! I would totally add Christmas Vacation on this list…it seems RIGHT up your alley, Scarlett!;-) Truly a hysterical staple!


ShimonZ December 19, 2014 at 3:56 am

Don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christmas film, but I’d like to take advantage of the opportunity to wish you and your very beautiful family a wonderful holiday. May you all be warm and happy, enjoying the very best that life has to offer!


Angry Wooderson December 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I guess Love Actually is only baaaarely a Christmas movie. But I’d give it an Honorable Mention. What screams the holiday spirit more than professing your love to your best friend’s wife??


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