Saturday, 20 December 2014

Our Must-See Christmas Movies

Every Christmas season, my two grown-up daughters insist we watch the following movies. Most of them are fun for kids as well as for adults, although you may want to hold back on the last movie until your kids are older. See if your list matches ours.

#1 The Santa Clause

Santa falls off Tim Allen's roof, and Tim becomes the big guy. My younger daughter developed a crush on David Krumholtz as Bernard, the arch-elf, in his days before the TV series, Numb3rs.

David Krumholtz as Bernard

#2 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The cartoon version of the Grinch from the classic Dr. Seuss book. Boris Karloff narrates. Theodor (Dr. Seuss)  Geisel also wrote the lyrics for that memorable song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Apparently you can never have too much Grinch. This one is the hilarious Jim Carrey version with Jim stealing the movie with his over-the-top antics, although it's hard to take your eyes off Christine Baranski as the sexy object of his affection, Martha May Whovier.

Christine Baranski as the lovely Martha May

#4 The Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge with Kermit as the good-natured Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his feisty wife. There are lots of songs and laughs added to this adaption of the Charles Dickens' classic tale. 

#5 A Child's Christmas in Wales

After all the high emotions and zaniness of the former films, it's nice to have a change of pace with this movie adaptation of the classic Dylan Thomas poem. A grandfather shares his recollections of Christmas while growing up in a small town in Wales. We had to order this DVD from an online retailer, however; I don't think I've ever seen it on TV.

#6 Love Actually

Warning: because of the sexual content, you will not want to share this movie with the kiddies, so wait until after they've gone to bed to enjoy it. There are several story lines with lots of romance, humour, and tugging of the heart-strings. The cast is fabulous with Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Martin Freeman, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, and too many more to mention.

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  1. I'm with you on 1, 2, 4 and 6 -- though I have not seen any of the yet this year.

    1. You're right, Heather, although I've seen "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."