What to Watch at Christmas

    Christmas is all about eating, drinking and being merry. Why go outside when you have everything you need in the house? With that in mind we’ve created the perfect Christmas playlist to keep to entertained this holiday season!


    1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Don’t let the films age fool you, this film is a timeless classic. It’s well written, well-acted and has a gripping story for a Christmas film. George has spent his life helping the local community and family, he works for a business that he doesn’t like working for and has become tired of living a life he hasn’t been happy with. Because of this he attempts to take his own life, but is saved by an angel in training. He is then shown what would happen to the town if he was never born, George sees that the town would be much worse without him. He then goes back to the real town and feels better about himself and his interactions with others. There is more to it, but that would ruin the story.


    2. The Grinch (2000)

    Based off the old Dr.Seuss book, The Grinch follows the Grinch (Played by Jim Carrey) who hates everything about Christmas and what it stands for. He hates Whoville, the village below the mountain he resides. It is discovered that the Grinch was bullied by the people of Whoville and hide on the mountain top. A child by the name of Cindy Lou (Played by Taylor Momsen) decides to invite the Grinch to celebrate Christmas with the people of Whoville, which he rejects. He later changes his mind and comes down to Whoville, however his appearance turns into chaos.


    3. The Polar Express (2004)

    Set in the 1950s, a young boy rides a magical train to the North Pole in order to meet Santa Claus, along the way he discovers himself. He also discovers the meaning of friendship, Christmas and being brave when facing tough times. Most of the film itself is spent on the train, however the dialog with other characters on the train keep it from becoming stale or boring. It manages to keep the film engaging. Also little side note, in the film there is a puppet of Scrooge, from the Christmas Carol.


    4. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

    This is another 90s classic and is the film that put Johnny Depp on the world map as an actor. Although technically not a Christmas movie, it still is watched during Christmas, mainly due to the Christmas scene and the fact it was realised around Christmas 1990. Edward (Played by Johnny Depp) has lived in isolation and has barely had any human interaction, due to the nature of his creation. Peg then decides to take him under her care, offers a place for him to stay and feeds him. At the very start people are open to him but after some time things start to go downhill… Though he means good and wouldn’t try to hurt anyone, Edward is treated like a violent criminal. People run away from him and he gets in trouble from the police, all based on the way he looks rather than his actions. This film is a great Christmas film and also brings up some points about how society can sometimes be closed minded about disabilities and how they can feel segregated and persecuted.


    5. Elf

    Will Ferrell does a great job of being a full grown man who thinks he is an elf. Sadly, and quite funnily finds out that he is in fact a human. He then finds out that his dad is on the “Naughty List”, in order to get his father off the list. Buddy (Elf) causes chaos in New York in an attempt to spread the joy of Christmas. The movie only really works because it’s Will Ferrell, he makes the whole movie look ridiculous and if it was anyone else it would probably just become more annoying than ridiculous. But overall it’s a really good laugh of a Christmas movie, this is another one that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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