It’s almost time! It’s almost time! Christmas day is almost here and as an adult with no children I’m struggling with cheer. Let’s face it. As we get older the magic slowly fades year by year only truly reigniting when we have children. One way I muster up my Christmas joy is with Christmas movies!
5: The Holiday
Coming in at number five is The Holiday staring Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. The basic premise is that two women, who hate their lives, do a home exchange over the Christmas holiday and pretty much find themselves. This makes the list because one, I’m a hopeless romantic. I love that these four people step out of hopeless situations and find love and happiness. Two, I think it would be amazing to just up and fly across the world on a whim to experience something new. Three, I think it’s amazing that the main characters actually found self worth and broke through actual emotional issues. Most of us are walking around with deep seeded childhood issues that need to be healed before we can have truly fulfilling adult relationships and boom, these folks worked through that. Albeit a little unrealistically but it was done. Want to feel the love? Purchase The Holiday
via Amazon Prime instant download here.
4: Love Actually
Coming in at number four is Love Actually staring a slew of folks including Keira Knightly, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson etc, etc. The movie explores nine interconnected love stories over the holiday season. Why does this movie make the list? One, it shows the complexicities of love and how it can be happy and hurt. Two, it shows how love is integral to our being, alot of what we do is based around love. Three, I love how the stories connect. It amazes me how you can pull on one thread of life and see how many people are touched. It reminds me of my love story with my significant other and how connected we’ve been almost the entirety of our lives (our parents even went to school together) and just how beautiful and small this world really is. Grab the holiday classic here: Love Actually [Blu-ray]
3: The Polar Express
Coming in at number three is The Polar Express. For those of you that don’t know. This movie is about a boy who is at the critical stage in life where he is about to stop believing in Santa. On Christmas Eve the Polar Express comes to whisk him away to the North Pole so
that he can have the experience of a lifetime. Why does this movie make the list? One, the soundtrack is amazing. Every song us moving and beautiful. It legitimately touches me every time I watch the movie. Two, it has actually always been my favorite Christmas story (outside of the nativity story because whether or not you believe it the birth if Jesus was pretty dramatic). The Polar Express captures the magic of the holidays that we all want to hold onto despite the thrill being tainted by the increase of consumerism. Three, I actually believed in Santa for a long time. I think 4th grade was when I finally let Santa go (my parents were awesome with the tricks) and I just think the innocence of that belief is just beautiful.
Want to enjoy a little “fictional” holiday magic? Grab The Polar Express (Widescreen Edition)
here via Amazon. This is the ultimate Christmas movies for kids in the transitional stage or adults trying to recapture the magic.
Though I have only seen this movie twice it is at number two on my list for a multitude of reasons. One, it was a beautifully scripted movie staring an all black cast and it was not the same cliché problems of drugs and infidelity and foolishness. These were all successful coco skinned folk, married and building beautiful families (mostly). Two, the movie dealt with some real life issues. It talked about forgiveness, infertility, interracial dating, faith and death to name a few. Three, I mean it’s honestly how I envision my life. I’m already happy but at some point I see myself just living my glorious black life with my successful and handsome husband with our successful friends coming together to reminisce on the good times and celebrate life ahead. Intrigued? Purchase from Amazon The Best Man Holiday
*Note: I’ve only seen the movie twice because, well the ending just breaks my heart every time and I can’t deal. I’m literally crying as I type this. If you’ve never seen it I won’t ruin it for you, if you have well then you know why it’s heartbreaking.
1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
My number one, all time, ultimate FAVORITE Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I am obsessed! I own the DVD,I have Jack Skellington on my key chain, I own themed cups, panties and notebooks. It is a cult classic and I am part of that cult. Premise of the movie: The King of Halloween is dissatisfied with his life, decides to take over Christmas and realizes it may not be the best idea. So why is this movie the NUMBER ONE Christmas movie on my list? One, it bridges my two favorite holidays. I love Christmas and I love Halloween and I really don’t give a shit if people judge me for it (for the folks in the back: I DON’T CARE). Two, it’s a Disney movie with songs by Danny Elfman. So basically a bomb soundtrack that is worth singing along to… over and over and over again. Three, the movie itself is cinematic excellence. The film is beautiful, creative and visually stunning. The details are perfection and the storyline is cute. To get in on the action of The Nightmare Before Christmas order here via Amazon.
So there you have it. My top 5 Christmas movies. Are any of these on your favorites list?