Still in a food coma from Christmas and New Years? Managed to avoid the racist/political/homophobic comments from a drunk great aunt Mildred? Survived the endless questions from family about what you're doing with your life? I hope you had a fantastic holiday, however you may have spent it.
Today, I thought I'd share with you all the holiday films I've watched over the festive period, as I've not only watched a tonne, but I've also watched many for the first time. It's definitely not too soon to add some of these to your watch list this year!
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas (1999)
I've already seen Mickey's Christmas Carol, so I knew that this one would be just as enjoyable - I love Mickey and the gang! The three stories are really cute and have some really great Christmas messages.
Watch Again?: Definitely adding it into my annual watch-list! Being three short stories, it's a pretty quick watch to fill in some time.
Arthur Christmas (2009)
One of my favourites! The story is cute, I love the animation and it has a really great British cast. Grand Santa is by far my favourite!
Watch Again?: It's a Christmas staple!
A Christmas Prince (2017)
There's a lot of hype for this Netflix film and it's certainly worth it. It's a cute holiday romance, and while it is cliched, it's what makes this the perfect holiday watch. And yes, I do need a sequel in 2018!
Watch Again?: Most definitely! I'm a sucker for holiday romances, so naturally this will be watched again next year!
Shrek The Halls (2005)
As a fan of Shrek, this is a cute little holiday short that you can't help but enjoy!
Watch Again?: This is always a film I want to watch every year, so that's not going to change!
Christmas With The Kranks (1998)
I'm no stranger to Tim Allen and Christmas - The Santa Clause is an important Christmas staple - and this film was pretty good! Some great comedy moments and ending with a really sweet message, it's a classic Christmas comedy.
Watch Again?: Possibly. While the film was enjoyable, I don't see myself adding it to my annual watch-list, but I do think I'd watch it again at some point.
Deck the Halls (1999)
When I saw that the film starred Danny DiVito, of course I couldn't say no! This was a great holiday comedy with a great cast of characters that you can't help but really enjoy.
Watch Again?: I can definitely see this becoming an annual watch!
The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
Probably one of, if not my favourite, new watch this year! It's not just a Christmas film - it's a murder mystery film with a freaking gorgeous ghost! Because of this, the story was really enjoyable and more than just a standard Christmas romance. I also desperately want a sequel to this movie!
Watch Again?: If I'm being honest, I've already watched it more than once this holiday period, so it's most definitely going straight to the top of my annual watch-list!
The Polar Express (2005)
Always a staple at Christmas, this is always a really enjoyable film. I think my favourite part has got the be the animation and the overall Christmas message of the film. Plus, it stars Tom Hanks, so you can't go wrong!
Watch Again?: It's a staple, so it ain't going anywhere
Elf is a LOT of people's favourite Christmas films, and while I can certainly see the appeal, I'm just not that big of a fan. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable film and the storyline is funny, but I just don't love it as much as other's do.
Watch Again?: It's not my favourite, but I do always watch it at Christmas
Once Upon A Holiday (2015)
My first Hallmark Christmas film! This one was pretty enjoyable as far as holiday romances go, although the ending did bug me - it just didn't flow with the rest of the film and not really how I was expecting them to end it.
Watch Again?: Maybe. I would definitely consider watching it again next year when I'm looking for an easy romance to watch
Merry Kissmass (2015)
The fact that this film stars Brant Daugherty is what swayed me to watch it! This was one of those cute and cliched romances that just happens to take place at Christmas. It honestly reminded me of a few romance novels that I've read - it's a pretty generic story but you can't help but love it!
Watch Again?: Most definitely!
The Santa Clause (1991)
One of my favourite Christmas films, it's definitely one that gets my into the festive mood! Tim Allen as Santa is hilarious and perfect, and watching him deal with the responsibility of becoming Santa is exactly what one needs to feel Christmassy.
Watch Again?: Of course!
A film I only discovered a few years ago, but one I really enjoy. I love A Christmas Carol adaptations, and this is certainly an interesting take of Dickens' tale. Bill Murray meets classic late-80s awesomeness in this more adult version of this classic. All the Ghosts of Christmas are hilarious in this adaptation!
Watch Again?: A must-watch alongside my other favourite A Christmas Carol adaptations!
A Moody Christmas (2013)
Okay, this is actually a mini-series, but I couldn't not include it on this list! Filled with some hilarious Aussie actors, this was such a fun series and told in a really fun way - only showing us this family over six Christmas'. A must-watch for all Aussies and non-Aussies!
Watch Again?: Definitely going to rewatch this at Christmas time!
Home Alone (1990)
Hands down my all-time favourite Christmas film! Apart from Macaulay Culkin being the worlds cutest 8 year old, this is such a fun movie that never gets old, and watching Kevin boobie-trapping his house to stop Marv & Harry is amazing.
Watch Again?: OF COURSE!!!
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
Of course you have to follow Home Alone with it's equally hilarious sequel! While it does lack a small amount of the magic that the first had, it's still such a fun watch!
Watch Again?: OF COURSE!!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Having seen the Jim Carrey version about a million times, I was really excited to watch this original adaptation a few years ago. It's essentially a reading of the book alongside perfect animation and such a great way to get into the Christmas mood.
Watch Again?: Always!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Of course, I have to follow up the original with this hilarious Jim Carrey version! Jim is fantastic with physical comedy and this role was absolutely perfect for him. I love how they expanded on the original story, but still kept the classic Dr. Seuss feel.
Watch Again?: Try and stop me!
Christmas Inheritance (2017)
Like A Christmas Prince, this film has received a lot of hype and a lot of mixed reviews. But I really enjoyed it. It's a cliched Christmas romance but that's why it's so good. Of course, having an Aussie - Eliza Taylor - starring in the movie just makes it even better.
Watch Again?: I'm definitely adding this to my annual holiday watch list!
Love Actually (2003)
You can't not watch Love Actually at Christmas. A lot of people don't agree with that statement, but it's 100% true. With such a stellar British cast, it's hard not to love it, even when Alan Rickman stupidly cheats on Emma Thompson with the office whore. You'll be singing 'Christmas Is All Around' for days and you know it!
Watch Again?: It's my holiday staple!
My plan during the holidays was to watch as many Christmas films as possible, and I certainly did that, especially since I watched so many new films. While there were a few films that didn't quiet live up to expectations, there was nothing that was particularly terrible, which is great. I've added a tonne of new films to my holiday watch-list and I've already got a list of to-watch films for this year!
Let me know some of the films you watched during the holiday period, and what you thought of some of the ones on this list. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and brought in 2018 in style - whether that was partying it up or chilling on the couch.
Bring on an awesome 2018!
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