Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Fun - What's Your Must-See Christmas Movie?

Heidi Rice asks the ultimate Yuletide question of Pink Heart Society readers... What's the movie that means Christmas to you? 

We've all got them, films we love to watch over and over come Christmas time. Most of them have Christmas settings, some are Christmas classics, others might just remind us of great Christmas viewing experiences of old. Here's a few of the obvious contenders, but feel free to enlighten me if I've missed a hidden gem, or a classic corker that is you (or your family's) big must-watch movie over the festive season.

It's a Wonderful Life

A Christmas classic with bells on (literally) when suicidal savings-and-loan man Jimmy Stewart re-discovers the meaning of life (and Christmas) courtesy of a trainee angel who's obviously been reading too much Dickens.

Love Actually

An all-star cast of great British luvvies turn the festive season into a kaleidoscope of love, laughs, sweat, tears and really rubbish pop songs!

The Polar Express

The children's picture book brought to glittering, gloriously animated life with a cast of characters that all look and sound (a bit creepily) like Tom Hanks.

White Christmas

Bing croons, Danny prats about and they both do a sing-song in a Vermont snow lodge while wearing sparkly Santa suits. Proof positive that there's no such thing as overkill come Christmastime.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's spook-tacular festive animated fable as weird as it is wonderful.

The Sound of Music

Because nothing says Christmas to me like Julie Andrews singing her heart out to the Swiss Alps and managing to upstage not one but SEVEN far-too-cute child performers.

The Grinch

Jim Carrey in green-face as Dr Seuss's Christmas grump with a heart two sizes too small - and a potent message to deliver about Christmas consumerism that will probably go right over the heads of most wee-ones.

Scrooge - A Christmas Carol

The creakily good 1951 version of Dickens's much-filmed cautionary tale with Alastair Sim as the definitive miser...

A Muppet Christmas Carol

What the Dickens! Michael Caine joins Kermit, Piggy and the gang and vies for top spot with the 1951 Brit film (see above) for the best movie version of Charles's yuletide yarn... IMHO.

The Apartment

A fine romance unfolds as lonely hearts Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine get together over the Christmas season in 60s New York.


Is there anything funnier than Will Ferrell in his over-sized leprechaun outfit playing it totally straight as the biggest (sweetest) Santa's Little Helper who ever lived? I don't think so.

Home Alone

A movie I hate, but my sons think is hilarious - which I suspect has something to do with all the extra-curricular assault and battery masquerading as slapstick comedy.

The Wizard of Oz

Just because... There's no place like home in the holidays, and the BBC used to play this sparkling musical fantasy on a loop every Christmas Day for yonks.


So there are a few of the festive films that we will be watching this Christmas... What about you?

Heidi is currently working on her first big book, but she has a Christmas anthology out called Misbehaving Under the Mistletoe with Charlotte Phillips and Nina Harrington:

’Tis the season to be naughty…

Christmas is all about fun, so Cassie is throwing caution to the wind to find herself a bad-boy-turned-billionaire for a just-for-Christmas fling! 

Jace Ryan is the perfect candidate, but she only has one rule: Do not start falling in love…  

You can find out more about Heidi through her website, blog, Twitter or Facebook.  Eye candy may or may not be present.


  1. White Chistmas is my #1 favourite Christmas movie.

    1. That's hilarious Avril... Got my sons to watch White Christmas for the first time two days ago (well, Son2 was there under duress as his Dad was on the computer!) and they agreed that it is very cute and christmassy, but felt it had way too many completely random song and dance numbers, the conflict could have been sorted out by a decent conversation and Danny Kaye is a bit annoying (I disagreed strongly with that one, I think he's very funny!) LOL

    2. The boys need to watch The Court Jester immediately! Danny Kaye at his very best.

    3. I tried to remind them how much they laughed at that when they were kids... I got The Look!!!

    4. I would watch White Christmas entirely for the Sisters song and then when Danny and Bing sing it.

  2. Most of those you listed I have to watch every Christmas. Three other favourites:
    One magic Christmas
    Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks)
    A Christmas Story

  3. Thanks so much for that Beverley, my kids loved Christmas with the Kranks.... I've never heard of the other two. Will have to go look them up.

  4. I must admit I love Home Alone, probably because it's a nostalgic movie for me. I remember watching it when it first came out as a kid. We usually do a re-watch every couple of Christmases.

  5. Miracle on 34th Street for me! Dug out every Christmas Eve without fail and it doesn't matter if its the old version or the new. :)

    1. Oh yeah, love that.... Think I prefer the old one, there's just something about Maureen O'Hara.

    2. Agreed! It's all about the old film. The new one - despite Richard - just isn't as magical!

  6. Miracle on 34th Street when it is on