After a tuburlent week, the world could do with some Christmas cheer. I am in no way trying to trivialise recent turn of events; I am actually really scared for my American friends. Solidarity is needed now more than ever and I for one support people fighting this great injustice. I haven’t sat down to write about it on my blog for a number of reasons. The main one being the fact I’d rather support and help amplify other voices instead. I’m here and I support you. American readers, please let me know what your UK friends can do.
Fighting is hard work and it’s important to take time out when you can. 2016 has been a particularly dire year and we all need something to look forward to. For a lot of people that thing is in fact Christmas. I’ve spoken about my reasons for disliking the holiday, but I’m determined to make it a good one this year. In the spirit of not letting that despicable ‘human being’ ruin the holiday, here are some of my favourite things to watch at Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
I think this is arguably both a Christmas and Halloween film but it’s iconic nonetheless. As somebody who cannot be doing with cheesy classics, I very much enjoy this ‘horror’ animation. Perhaps I need to stumble into a real life version of Christmastown to get into the Christmas spirit myself. Did anyone else love Amy Lee’s cover of Sally’s Song?
I feel like Gremlins is a massively underrated movie, they’re so hilarious and weirdly cute. There’s something entertaining about watching these little devils wreck havoc on Christmas Eve. The sound they make always completely freaked out my cats back home.
The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
No Christmas list is complete without this movie, don’t try to argue with me!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I very much relate to The Grinch. I mean I wouldn’t ruin Christmas, I just don’t care for it. What I like most about this film isn’t the heartwarming twist, it’s the warped sets and characteristics of the people. Can you believe that’s little Taylor Momsen?!
TV Christmas Specials
My favourite thing about holidays such as Christmas and Halloween are the specials. I remember enjoying BBC over the Christmas period as there would be a ton of Christmas episodes of sitcoms in between family films. I also really enjoyed Christmas themed episodes of shows like Top of The Pops and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Nowadays, I just tend to stick to Christmas episodes of The Simpsons or Bob’s Burgers.
I had to include a horror film on this list and it was always going to be Krampus. This is one of those hilarious horror comedies that is not meant to be taken seriously. Krampus is a horned beast that punishes naughty kids at Christmastime. This urban legend appears whenever somebody loses their Christmas spirit. A dysfunctional family find themselves victim to the wrath of this terrifying demon when the youngest gives up on the holiday. It’s campy, relies on jump scares and features some absolutely ridiculous creatures, it’s everything I want from a Christmas horror.
If y’all can claim Die Hard is a Christmas movie, I’m standing by Edward Scissorhands. Tim Burton at his absolute finest and that’s the only way I’ll remember him. It’s shame both his filmmaking skills and ethics went south.
I had to throw in a feel good silly film, didn’t I? I’m not completely dead inside! Elf is one of the rare films I don’t get tired of watching. In fact, I could watch Will Ferrell forever.
So whether you’re watching on a computer screen, your phone, or a Panasonic 4K TV, remember to take sometime out for yourself and watch some fun holiday movies this Christmas.
*This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.