My efforts to ward off, postpone or simply avoid the first of December have been futile and so I am reluctantly succumbing to the fact that Christmas is indeed upon us!
Usually I am the biggest festive fiend around and can’t wait to start getting the decorations out, watching Christmas movies, making and writing cards, wrapping thoughtful gifts, having friends over, crafting, creating, baking and simply enjoying all the festivities that the silly season brings…
However, this year it has taken me by surprise and I find myself completely unprepared (and slightly overwhelmed/reluctant)! Relocating, setting up a new home, helping the girls to settle into a new school and kindergarten, both of us starting new jobs, trying to meet people and make connections, a very sad loss in the family as well as simply trying not to get lost on a daily basis has consumed the past month. So this is my first attempt at embracing the festive season, by recommending some lovely movies for you to enjoy.
December here in the Southern Hemisphere isn’t quite the same, with long, hot, sunny days and Christmas lights that seem almost superfluous for the few hours they are actually visible. But I still like to curl up on the sofa when it does get dark and enjoy the warm, fuzzy, festive glow you get from watching a predictable but feel-good Christmas movie. (Or embrace my inner child on the occasional cloudy afternoon by snuggling up with the girls to watch one of their choosing.) Put your feet up, relax with a hot drink or glass of wine and switch off from the stress and pressure that December can bring - you know you want to. (Perhaps I am allowing/urging myself to do the same!)
Love Holly x
- The Holiday (2006 - Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black)
- Love Actually (2003 - Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth etc.)
- The Family Stone (2005 - Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton etc.)
- It's A Wonderful Life (1946 - James Stewart, Donna Reed)
- Holiday Inn (1942 - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994 - Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins)
- Four Christmases (2008 - Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn)
- Santa Claus The Movie (1985 - Dudley Moore, John Lithgow)
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 - Jim Carrey)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992 - Michael Caine)
And one extra that's a very special short movie I enjoyed with my siblings as a child (I even had the soft toy snowman and boardgame) and have enjoyed for the past few years with our girls, who also love it...
The Snowman (1982 - David Bowie)