It’s that time of year again! Mistletoe, candy cane hot chocolates, wrapping presents in cute paper, hoping for a little snow, these are a few of my favorite things! My other favorite thing is watching Christmas films and dusting off my holiday playlist for a bit of cheer. I, like everyone else, have a few favorites that I always want to indulge in!
When it comes to kicking off the festive spirit, the first thing I do is dust off a few DVDs. I’ve got my holiday favorites for sure, things I only watch around Christmas!
Love Actually: I watch this film without fail every single Christmas. In fact, I don’t think I can feel Christmas-y until I watch this film. I also have a raging crush on Alan Rickman, which naturally adds to the appeal. Fun fact: I didn’t know that the song Billy Mack sings was actually a real pop song released in the UK. Someone at my old job played the original song, and I asked why they were listening to the Love Actually song. Eek!
Home Alone 1 & 2: Classic Christmas films. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t watch these films at the holidays. I used to imagine what it would be like to be left at home, and have to defend my home in imaginative ways. I can’t say I’d be as successful as Kevin McCallister, but it was fun to dream!
The Holiday: What’s Christmas without a little romance? I especially love Kate Winslet in this film, and it gave me such a sweet, idyllic idea of England at Christmas. I’ve not been disappointed yet! The music gets stuck in my head for days, and I walk around with Christmas decorations, humming it and not even realizing!
The Muppets Christmas Carol: I’m an adult, and I still watch the Muppets. No shame whatsoever. Of all the versions of A Christmas Carol that exist, I think this one is my absolute favorite. It definitely captures some of that childlike wonder that Christmas is all about.
Honorable Mentions: Elf, Die Hard (P’s suggestion!), Gremlins, Scrooged (Bill Murray? Yes Please!)
It’s difficult to hear Christmas music and not immediately be happy! Well, I can’t anyway! There are those classic Christmas songs I love listening to, and a few new ones I’ve discovered since moving to the UK! Christmas Number 1’s aren’t really a thing in the States but I’ve learned to love them too!
Glee, The Music: The Christmas Album: I used to be a big fan of Glee. I watched it religiously (okay, I watched the first two seasons religiously…) and loved the music from their Christmas episode so much that it still gets regular play at Christmas!
The Motown Christmas Collection: You’ve heard me mention before that I was basically raised on Motown, right? Hearing these tunes always makes me feel festive! You can’t go wrong with the Temptations!
8 Days of Christmas: I used to play this CD from Destiny’s Child on repeat, much to the amusement (and annoyance) of my parents. It’s just the best!
Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey: I mean, does anyone go through the month of December without listening to ‘All I Want For Christmas (Is You)’? I don’t know how, and I don’t know why you’d want to deprive yourself of such brilliance! Sing it, Mariah!
Honorable Mentions: Christmas Wrapping (The Spice Girls Version), Last Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by *NSYNC, The Home Alone Soundtrack, A She & Him Christmas (I love Zoey Deschanel’s voice!)… Actually, there’s too many to count, so how about I just share my playlist?
Do you have any films you watch every holiday season without fail? What are your favorite Christmas songs?