We’re breaking a little from the norm today, mainly because this blog has little to do with Wine. We talk wine 24/7, the flavours, the body, the weight and acidity, great deals, good deals and special offers. However a major aspect of enjoying any bottle of wine is to enjoy what you’re doing while your tucking in. Wine with food is always special, but sometimes you just want to curl up in front of the TV with a bottle of wine and some festive favourites on the box.
I love a good Christmas film and there are several films I’ll watch throughout December every single year. It’s as much a tradition as carols, trees and turkey. Here are my films, but I want to hear the films you love around the holidays. So get in touch on either Facebook or Twitter.
A Christmas classic if ever there was one. An 8 year old home alone, defending his house from a couple of burglars with an assortment of traps. I have seen this film upwards of 100 times and it’s timeless. The only difference between watching this in my late twenties as opposed to watching it as a 10 year old is I get to enjoy a nice glass of wine or two while I watch Harry and Marv fail miserably to outwit a rather intelligent and resourceful child. It doesn’t get better than this on Christmas Eve.
Is this a debate between your friends as well? Some say this is a classic Christmas movie, others disagree. It’s set at Christmas and growing up, it was always on around the holidays. Bruce Willis on a one man mission to save his family and others attending a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles after German terrorist Hans Gruber takes them hostage. Action packed with some classic Christmas moments in a snowy Los Angeles.
When researching this article, I could not believe this film was over 10 years old. Regardless of how old it is, this is an absolute comedy classic that you absolutely have to see if you haven’t already. A man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to New York city to find his father and ensure Christmas spirit is spread across the nation. A series of hilarious events occur with Will Ferrell at his hilarious best. Iconic scene after iconic scene, but the excitement at the arrival of Santa Clause is by far my favourite moment in this film.
Now this is a real classic to curl up with in front of the fire with a good bottle of wine. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Showing you just how much of a difference you really make, ending in a community feel good moment of Christmas spirit and selfless good deeds. This will really show you what Christmas is about, a feel good effort by director Frank Capra that is timeless in its effect.
Scrooged – 1988
Add a little fun to the classic Christmas Carol story with a witty masterful performance by Bill Murray. A cruel and cynical T.V executive has everything he thought he’d need until he’s asked to lead on a live Christmas Eve broadcast of the classic Charles Dickens novel. His life mirrors that of the production, being visited by three ghosts. Finally seeing the error of his ways in a fantastic monologue. I love George C. Scott’s classic performance in the 1984 A Christmas Carol, however every Christmas without fail, I’ll make an effort to watch Scrooged.