Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Top 5 Christmas Films & Songs

Cliché, typical Blogmas post I know, but I do love a good cliché!
Nothing shouts Christmas more than sticking the 'Now That's What I Call Christmas' playlist on whilst present wrapping, or indeed, snuggling up with a good old film!
I must say this list wasn't easy, I have so many favourites, but I eventually managed to whittle down to just 5 of each, I deserve a medal.


 1. Elf
Of course, my number 1 favourite Christmas movie of all time has got to be Elf! What isn't there to love about the adventures of Buddy the elf as he travels to New York to find his dad? It's such a fun story and an all round feel good film, I could watch it on repeat for days. 

2. The Polar Express
I find the story behind The Polar Express extremely magical, which kind of makes it a beautiful film. It's an animated film which follows a boy who doesn't believe in Santa. One night he's awoken by a train arriving outside his house, The Polar Express, and hops on board to the North Pole - a great Christmas film for the whole family. The stories of the characters that the boy meets along the way really warm my heart and give you an understanding of what Christmas truly is all about.

3. The Grinch
Everyone loves The Grinch, it's such a classic. The grumpy, scrooge-like green character actually turns out to be an alright kinda guy with a back story that makes you feel quite sympathetic towards him! I'm sure literally everyone has seen The Grinch, and if you haven't... Shame on you (jk). 
There's no specific reason as to why I love this film so much, apart from adorable mini Taylor Momsen, so cute. It's just a bloody great Christmas movie!

4. The Greatest Store in the World
I stumbled across this film whilst I was flicking through the TV channels when I was younger. It was shown on the CBBC channel, (I know right? Old School) but actually turned out to be a fantastic watch and still is to this day. It's not one of the more popular films so I'll go ahead and explain. 
The basic plot of the film is about a family made up of a mother and two daughters who end up secretly living in a department store due to circumstances. Now, I don't know about you, but when I was younger, the thought of being locked in a toy store was the ultimate dream. A couple of thieves then attempt to steal from the store and it's all downhill from there. It's your sort of classic good guy vs bad guy children's film, but fun to watch all the same!

5. The Holiday
I couldn't get away with writing this post without slipping a cheeky Rom-Com in the mix, and it includes Jude Law so I mean hellooo. I am partial to watching a fair few romantic comedies and if they are based around Christmas well... Even better! The Holiday is such a lovely film that shows the story of two women, one newly single and the other in a very confusing situation with an engaged man, who decide to swap homes over the festive period. Think of it like the early 2000s equivalent to Airbnb.
It's such a hilarious film and I'm sure pretty much everyone out there can relate to it in one way or another.


Instead of making two separate favourites posts, I decided to do a 2 in 1 as I'm certainly no Simon Cowell and can think of no other way to describe a song other than "it's catchy" and "it's festive".

1. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid (The original, obvs)
2. War Is Over - John Lennon
3. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl
4. Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
5. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

As you have probably noticed, I'm a fan of all the songs that were made before I was born, no particular reason. To me, they are the songs I was brought up listening to and the ones that hold the most memories. For example, marching round my living room when I was little in time to 'Stop the Cavalry', wasn't I cute? 

I hope you all enjoyed having a peek into my Christmas favourites, what are some of yours? 

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  1. Elf, the grinch and the holiday are definitely my favourites! And all of those songs are just perfect! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  2. I love the Grinch! It gets me in the Christmas mood straight away

  3. I love the grinch and the polarexpress! they both put me in this magical christmas spirit I could watch them all day long xx

    Celine |

  4. Ugh they're all spot on!! I love Elf, and The Grinch is also one of my fave films. Fairytale of New York has to be my favourite song - it's so fun to whistle to haha!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

    1. Haha I can't say I've whistled to it (because I can't whistle) but I see where you're coming from haha! x

  5. Elf, Grinch and The Holiday.. yes yes yes. I see a worrying lack of Buble songs but I love all the songs you chose, especially Fairytale of New York - The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl!

    Hannah xx

    1. Michael Buble is just a given isn't he? OBV his Christmas songs are wonderful! ;) x

  6. Haha aw Kat how did I know Elf would be your top movie? It is amazing so cannot blame you! Also love your Christmas songs .. The older ones are definitely be better :P

  7. I always forget about how much I like the Grinch until it's on TV every year and it makes me so happy!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

    1. It's SO great. I love when all the Christmas films come on TV! x

  8. The Holiday is definitely a great film to get you in the spirit! My favourite to watch at Christmas are Miracle on 34th street, home alone lost in New York and The Santa Claus :)

    Love Hannah xx

    1. The Holiday is a lovely film, besides the fact it makes me feel more alone than ever haha!
      Miracle on 34th Street is really magical, aw! I haven't seen it in years. xx

  9. Do They Know It's Christmas is one of my absolute FAVORITE Christmas tunes and I LOVE Grinch and Elf!!!

  10. Polar express is a family tradition for me! I think it's such a beautifuly animated Christmas film, although my best friend hates it! I don't think I have ever watched elf propelry! Don't kill me hahah x

  11. I looooove The Grinch. Just rewatched the movie yesterday, perfect to get into the christmas mood <3

  12. I also love old songs, hon! Your top 5 are amazing!
    Also, how amazing are all those movies. They are my faves as well. Can't beat a great Christmas movie, even when you've watched it like 100 times :)
    I am actually one of those weirdos who can watch a Christmas movie in summer no prob haha ;)
    xox Nadia

  13. I love these types of posts I am writing one myself but same as you trying to narrow it down to a few films...I love the ELF film but haven't seen it this year as don't have it on DVD and can't see it on Netflix :( !!! I shall let you know once I've done my post.

  14. Elf and The Grinch are two of my favorite holiday movies as well! They are amazing. I also adore The Nightmare Before Christmas as it can be both a Halloween AND Christmas movie. ❄️🎃

    xo, Kimberly

  15. I watch Elf and The Holiday every year. They are must-watch movies :P

    Erin |


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