It’s no secret that I love Christmas, and I especially love writing books set during the festive season! Who wouldn’t? I kind of get to have two Christmases, the real and the fictional. You can imagine my delight when I clapped eyes on my festive books and their recent tinseltastic makeover! They’re set in a small town in Connecticut, and at The Gingerbread Café, no less.
I adore writing stories that focus on love, friendship and the festive season, and let’s not forget the foodie aspect that goes with it! The series then shifts across the road to The Bookshop on the Corner, where Sarah Smith sells romance novels yet remains resolutely single… This makes me think about the magic of Christmas, where hopes and dreams have a way of being realized and what better way to do that than sink into a film full of glad tidings?
As this Christmas is fast approaching I’ve made a list of Christmas movies to watch each weekend with the family in the lead up to Christmas. I’m doing it for the kids – well, that’s what I tell them, at any rate. But in truth it’s all about enjoying the pure escapism movies allow, cocooned with our loved ones who all wear matching Joyeux Noël PJs, what could be better?
With our gingerbread baking, our candy canes milkshakes blitzing, we’re ready to settle down on Saturday nights and get our jingle on! After much consideration I’ve settled on my top ten choices this Christmas…
I’ll freely admit I chose this flick purely because of Bill Murray! He’s brilliant (albeit a cynical non-believer) in this and plays that flawed, sour faced character exceptionally well and I have a major soft spot for the 80s. The perfect Christmas movie to watch with the Scrooge in your life…!
2. Home Alone
Possibly the great ever Christmas movie made! We watch this classic religiously every year and it never gets old. I love the family dynamics and the total chaos in which they manage to forget Kevin! I have the soundtrack too which we play in the lead up, and who doesn’t shed a little tear when you hear Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…?
3. Christmas with the Kranks
I adore Jamie Lee Curtis and she is her usual hilarious, slightly scatty self with her brilliant comedic timing in this. The Kranks have lost their Christmas spirit and decide to cancel their annual Christmas party much to the dismay of their close-knit community. This is a super fun one and my kids love all the disasters that befall them!
Buddy the Elf, do I need to say more? Big-hearted elf, Buddy makes us laugh and smile and reminds us not to take life too seriously. And let’s not forget it is him who introduces us to spaghetti with maple syrup – my kids always demand to know why they don’t get to eat it like that. This movie has something for everyone, a lot of humor, a little romance and most of all it cements the fact that Santa is alive and well and if you don’t believe you don’t receive!
5. Love, Actually
This is hands down my favorite yuletide heart warmer, although I do ugly cry a fair bit every single time I watch it! Looking at you, EMMA THOMPSON. My heart still breaks for her and I can’t hear Joni Mitchell without thinking of this movie! It gives me all the feels, and then some. This is the best to watch with your squad, some mulled wine while you eat your bodyweight in Christmas cookies.
6. Daddy’s Home 2
Get your Nutcrackers ready for this hilarious family Christmas comedy. Will Ferrell leads the way in another festive flick that will have you clutching your sides, if you’re into him playing the clumsy but loveable festive-sweater-wearing sweetheart, and who isn’t?! A blended family at Christmas – what could go wrong?
7. The Holiday
Oh how I love thee. A holiday home swap full of romance and angst! Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz steal the show as they exchange an LA mansion for a rural cottage in Surrey, England. There’s plenty of funny scenes that’ll have you laughing into your wine bottle and others that are just heart wrenching enough to make you lament about finding the one this Christmas.
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Who doesn’t love a good farce at Christmastime? This movie will have you grinning and groaning in equal measure and is the perfect antidote to the hectic nature of the season. My kids love the wacky comedy and goofball persona that is Chevy Chase.
9. Miracle on 34th Street
What will you wish for this Christmas? Six-year-old Susan doesn’t believe in Santa and is skeptical for such a young age. Kris Kringle arrives and takes over as Santa in the shopping mall. Susan shares her wish list with him one night, which is more about home and family than sparkly gift wrapped presents. We love this movie with its simple message about Christmas!
10. Last Christmas
OK, so I haven’t seen this yet but I am absolutely counting down the days until I can. Firstly, it stars Emilia Clarke who is without a doubt one of my favorite actresses and she’s also a really lovely human to boot! In this, she appears a bit lost, her life is a shambles (my favorite kind of heroine) and nothing is going her way. In walks the hero (played by Henry Golding, who I loved in Crazy, Rich Asians) and sparks fly. Will she have enough faith to trust in the magic of it all? This is sure to be a huge hit, and…Emma Thompson is also cast in this film, so count me in. This is going to require gold class tickets with the BFFs and Mistletoe Margaritas…!
What are your go-to festive flicks? I’d love to know!
About the Author:
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.