At this time of year people who know me must deal with Cazz the Christmas elf. December 1st I go into hyper drive. Nothing but gingerbread and Christmas carols for the next month. When I met Liam I met my Christmas equal, so for the past 8 years we have watched a Christmas movie a day for the entire month. Without hast I bring you my top 5 Christmas movies of all time.
5. A Christmas Story
Crazy I know, but it took me 27 years to finally see this film. I instantly fell in love with little Ralphie and his crazy desire for a Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas story is not your usual Christmas film. Santa and Christmas in general take a back seat and family life is the focus. It's a rare thing when every scene in a film is memorable, my favorite being when Ralphie has to try on the pink bunny costume his Auntie made him for Christmas. It's moments like these that make the film seem real. No Christmas magic, just life being awesome. The actor Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) now appears in many Christmas films including Elf and Four Christmases.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The moment I saw this film my life changed. The Cazz that I knew went out the window and I devoted the next 10 years of my life to Tim Burton and his crazy world. Nightmare before Christmas is the only animated and musical Christmas film to make my list. Who could forget the instant Christmas classic "What's this?" as Jack Skelington discovers the joy of children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads and feels a warmth that comes from inside. Each song is a masterpiece and the claymation is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. I love going on the adventure from Halloween town to Christmas town and helping Jack discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tim Burton's masterpiece deserves every bit of recognition it gets.
3. The Santa Clause
This year Liam banned this film as I get too excited after watching it. We have also watched it every year, twice for 8 years. The loveable Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall to his death from his roof on Christmas Eve. Starts off mega morbid, but it gets better. Watching Scott transform into the Jolly man in red still makes me laugh, especially when he gets all fat and runs on the treadmill with his big sweaty belly. Hilarious.
Every time I see this movie I love it more. The movie is about Buddy an "elf" in the North Pole who finds out he is adopted and sets off to New York to find his father. Buddy is ever so cute and Christmasy with such happy lines as "I love smiling, smiling's my favorite. " and "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear". Trying to explain the emotions I feel when watching this movie will never work. My heart leaps and eyes well up with each scene. Elf combines all the things I love about the season New York at Christmas, candy, snow, decorations, cheeriness and carols. Don't be a cotton headed ninny muggins and make sure you watch Elf this year.
1. HOME ALONE
Kevin McAllister is the greatest Christmas character of all time. This movie encompasses all the elements of Christmas which is why I think it is my favorite and an instant classic. The McAllisters are all preparing for a trip to France. It's loud, chaotic and funny, just like a normal family. Kevin is worried about having to share a bed with this cousin Fuller "Go easy on the Pepsi Fuller". But after getting into a fight with brother Buzz he is sent upstairs to sleep in the attic. Kevin wakes to find his is left behind when the family fly to France, and hilarity ensures.
We join Kevin doing what all kids would do eat candy, run around screaming and lighting fireworks. We watch Kevin turn from a boy to a man as he protects his home from hilarious nail footed, burnt headed, sticky invaders and discoverers the true meaning of Christmas.
This movie had been a tradition since I was little and holds fond memories of large family Christmases and yule tide cheer. I can not have Christmas eve without it.