Christmas is around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ve had your tree up for about six weeks and you’ve already baked your second batch of mince pies. (Just me?). As a festive superfan I always try to make to most of the weeks leading up, whether that’s by drinking as much mulled wine as my poor little body can take, or gorging on my favourite bevvy of Christmas flicks. It struck me this year that so many of the Christmas films I love are all set around the same narrative – an absent parent (usually the dad) refuses to get into the Christmas spirit because of his / her job (usually in advertising) and something magical happens that wreaks havoc across the city in which they live (usually New York).
Despite the fact I’m clearly living in some sort of yuletide groundhog day, here’s my favourite Christmas films on Netflix rn. My favourite way to watch them is preferably with some sort of festive candle on (we’re currently burning a lovely one we got in New York called Black Teakwood from Bath & Body Works), massive telly – ours is a Panasonic, and a bowl of homemade popcorn. (Try this Gingerbread one, which is an easy start. It’s a slippery slope though, you’ll be doing melty chocolate swirls and everything once you’re hooked). Anyway, into the list:
So. So. Nineties. And brilliant because of the excess of Bill Murray’s disdain for everything around him.
4 + 3. Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
A classic double bill. No-one mention the ‘third’ Home Alone, shall we? No, let’s not. *shudder*
2. The Santa Clause
I think I have a thing for Tim Allen.
1. Jingle All The Way
So underrated, so cheesy. SO AMAZING. Right, I’m putting this on now.